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  P-38F-5-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-12623 Nose 16
5th AF
35th FG
39th FS

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US Army Signal Corps
January 20, 1943
Pilot  Captain Robert L. Faurot, O-399603 (MIA / KIA) Cape Giradeau, MO
MIA  March 3, 1943
MACR  none

Pilot History
Faurot earned the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart (posthumously).

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
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.

Mission History
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
FindAGrave - Robert Lloyd Faurot (photo)

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June 29, 2019


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