|Pilot 1st Lt. Kenneth J Murphy, O-660663 (MIA / KIA) NY
MIA June 26, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 222-5316. Converted
from a P-38E into a F-4
photographic reconnaissance version. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia. Reassembled by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) in Melbourne on September 2, 1942.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group (PRG), 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (PRS). Nicknamed "Hellapoppin Hepcat".
This aircraft was converted to a two seater.
On June 26, 1943 took off from 14 Mile Drome (Schwimmer) near Port Moresby at 6:00am piloted by 1st Lt. Kenneth J Murphy on a reconnaissance mission over Rabaul. When he failed to return, he was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Murphy was officially declared dead on December 18, 1945. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart (posthumously).
Missing Air Crew Report 16410 (MACR 16410) was created retroactively circa 1945 or 1946
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Kenneth J. Murphy
FindAGrave - 1Lt Kenneth J Murphy (tablets of the missing)
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September 26, 2018