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|Pilot 1st Lt. Ralph L. Hays, O-791103 (MIA / KIA) PA
MIA October 13, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 9th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines V-1710-51 and V-1710-55 serial numbers: 42-31764 and 42-29299. Weapon serial numbers listed in in Missing Air Crew Report 1116 (MACR 1116).
On October 13, 1943 at 10:20am took off Kiriwina Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Ralph L. Hays on an mission to escort B-24 Liberators over Rabaul. Hays was flying as part of "Green Flight" with wingman P-38G 42-12856 piloted by 1st Lt. Frank G. Wunder Jr. The P-38s rendezvoused with the B-24s north of Kiriwina.
Inbound to the target, the weather was approaching frontal region with precipitation and clouds. The P-38s entered bad weather this aircraft was last sighted by Captain Gerald R. Johnson at roughly Lat 7° S Long 152° E over the Solomon Sea. Likely, lost due to bad weather. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost were P-38H "Charlcie Jeann" 42-66516 (MIA) and P-38G 42-12856 (MIA).
Captain Gerald R. Johnson, MACR 1116 page 6 / MACR 1104 page 6:
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October 13, 1943
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