Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructor Number 222-7121. Converted
from a P-38G model into a F-5A
photographic reconnaissance version. 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.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 4th Photographic Reconnaissance Group (4th PRG), 17th Photographic 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. 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
With The 17th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron on Guadalcanal shows a squadron chalk board with "679" listed
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September 26, 2018