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|Pilot Tom Malone (survived)
Crashed March 22, 1944
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 2820. At the factory, this P-38 was completed with a natural aluminum finish. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38J-15-LO Lightning serial number 42-103993. Assigned project number 96397-H Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 9th Fighter Squadron. Assigned to pilot Captain Richard Ira Bongthat he nicknamed "Marge" after his wife. On the left side of the nose was her with the nickname. Below forward cockpit canopy was rectangular box had "Cap. R. I. Bong. Pilot T/Sgt C. Fincner S/Sgt H. Lander plus Bong's scoreboard with Japanese rising sun flags in five rows representing his 25 aerial victory claims (as of April 3, 1944).
Later, assigned to the 421st Night Fighter Squadron (421st NFS).
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