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|Pilot 1st Lt. Austin K. Neely, O-743484 (MIA / KIA) Texarkana, TX
MIA April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" at 3:15pm
Austin K. Neely was born in Texarkana, TX and attended Texas High School. Prewar, he was employed at International Harvester Company in Texarkana. He enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Force as an aviation cadet for nine weeks at Marana Basic Flying School in Tuscon, AZ as part of class 43-D. After flight training, he was sent overseas and assigned to the 475th Fighter Group, 433rd Fighter Squadron as a P-38 Lightning pilot. On December 11, 1943 Neely was involved with an aerial collision with P-38H "Regina Coeli" 42-66856, but made a safe landing at Dobodura despite a damaged wing and propeller. Afterwards, he was treated for shock.
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 3219. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38J-15-LO Lightning serial number 42-104385. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group, 433rd Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines V-1710-91 and V-1710-89 serial numbers A-039895 and A-038386. Weapons 20mm cannon serial number 124481 and 50 caliber machine gun serial numbers 613589, 612023, 66506 and 610883.
During 2008, a team from JPAC found a .50 caliber machine gun with one digit off from those listed in the Missing Air Crew Report 4502 (MACR 4502).
April 16, 1944
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