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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
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 7057. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38F-5-LO Lightning serial number 42-12623. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 35th Fighter Group (35th FG), 39th Fighter Squadron (39th FS). Assigned to pilot Captain Robert L. Faurot. 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 the left side of the nose below the cockpit was painted "Capt R. L. Faurot" in white block letters. On each outer 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 piloted by Captain Robert L. Fauroton a patrol mission over the Bismarck Sea during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Faurot was officially declared dead on December 20, 1945. He earned the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. Faurot is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing. He also has a memorial marker at Maple Hills Cemetery in Kirksville, MO.
USAF Serial Number Search - P-38F-5-LO Lightning
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38F Lightning 41-12623
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert L. Faurot
FindAGrave - Robert Lloyd Faurot (photos, memorial marker photo)
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