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|Pilot Captain Louis J. Connelly, Jr., O-890002 (MIA / KIA) TX
MIA May 4, 1942
Louis J. Connelly, Jr. was born 7 Jan 1911. Prewar, he was employed by Philippine Air Lines (PAL) as a pilot in the Philippines and flew with "Pappy" Gun.
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 222-5340. Converted from a E model into a F-4 photographic reconnaissance version. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group (6th PRG), 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (8th PRS). No known nickname or nose art. On May 2, 1942 this aircraft and pilot were scheduled to fly but the mission was cancelled and rescheduled for two days later.
On May 4, 1942 took off Garbutt Field near Townsville piloted by Captain Louis J. Connelly, Jr. on a flight northward to 14 Mile Drome (Schwimmer) near Port Moresby. After landing and refueling, this F-4 took off again on a photographic reconnaissance mission over Rabaul. When this Lightning failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Presumed lost over Lae. Officially, this aircraft was condemned on October 31, 1944.
Ralph K. Watts diary via F-4 Lost on a photo reconnaissance raid to Rabaul on May 4, 1942:
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