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  F-5A-1-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-12679 Nose Number 679
13th AF
4th PRG
17th PRS

17th PRS Feb-April 1943

17th PRS c1943

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructor Number 222-7121. Converted from a P-38G model into a F-5A photographic reconnaissance version painted in a two tone color scheme. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as F-5A-1-LO Lightning serial number 42-12679. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force (13th AF), 4th Photo Reconnaissance Group (4th PRG), 17th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron (17th PRS). Nose number "679" was painted in white block numbers on both sides of the nose. No known nose art or nickname.

During February 1943, this aircraft operated from Fighter 2 (Kukum) on Guadalcanal. This aircraft likely had the right tail rudder replaced then repainted with a smaller "21" (first two digits of the tail serial number) in yellow stenciled on the replacement rudder, smaller in size than other digits "2679" painted at the factory. Later, operated from Munda Airfield on New Georgia. Ultimate fate unknown likely written off or scrapped.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - F-5A Lightning 42-12679
YouTube "With The 17th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron on Guadalcanal" includes footage of this aircraft at Fighter 2 (Kukum) on Guadalcanal during February 1943 with "679" listed on the squadron's chalk board of available aircraft.

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Last Updated
November 9, 2019


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