|Pilot Captain Robert L. Faurot, O-399603 (MIA / KIA) Cape Giradeau, MO
MIA March 3, 1943
Faurot earned the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart (posthumously).
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, 39th Fighter Squadron. Nose number 16. No known nickname. On the left side of the nose was painted a skull with glasses wearing a top hat, smoking a cigar above an ace of spades card. On each engine cowling were painted the "shark mouth" motif of the squadron.
On March 3, 1943 took off from 14 Mile Drome (Schwimmer) near Port Moresby on a patrol mission during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. Failed to return from the mission and was declared missing in action (MIA).
Officially declared dead on December 20, 1945. Faurot is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. He has a memorial marker at Maple Hills Cemetery in Kirksville, MO.
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38F Lightning 41-12623
Robert Lloyd Faurot (photo)
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June 4, 2019