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8th PRS c1942
|Pilot 2nd Lt. Philip D. Lissner, O-661227 (KIA, BR) TX
Crashed November 28, 1942
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 222-5341. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38E Lightning serial number 41-2123 and converted into F-4-1-LO Lightning photographic reconnaissance version. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group (PRG), 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (PRS). Assigned to pilot Captain Karl Polifka. Nicknamed "Fainting Flozzie II" with number nose number 23.
On November 28, 1942 took off 14 Mile Drome (Schwimmer) near Port Moresby piloted by 2nd Lt. Philip D. Lissner on a reconnaissance mission. After take off, it appears Lissner experienced engine trouble and feathered the right engine before crashing near 12 Mile Drome (Berry). Lissner was killed in the crash. Officially, this aircraft was condemned on October 31, 1944.
Lissner was officially declared dead the day of the mission and initially buried in Port Moresby. Postwar, he was permanently buried at Oakwood Cemetery Annex in Austin, TX at plot A, section 87, grave 1.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - F-4-1-LO Lightning 41-2123
"2123 (8th PRS, "Fainting Flozzie II") crashed near 12 Mile Drome, New Guinea Nov 28, 1942. Pilot killed. Condemned Oct 31, 1944"
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - F-4 Lightning 41-2123
8th PRS - The Lockheed File
FindAGrave - Philip David Lissner (photo, grave photo)
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