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80th FS November 2, 1943
|Pilot 1st Lt. Edward E. Craig, O-743420 (MIA / KIA) Brea, CA
Crashed March 4, 1944
On November 2, 1943 took off from Port Moresby piloted by 1st Lt. Cy Homer on a mission to escort B-25 Mitchells over Rabaul. Inbound to the target, photographed with P-38H 42-66835 escorting B-25D "Arkansas Traveler" 41-30094.
Later, assigned to the 418th Night Fighter Squadron (418th NFS). Nicknamed "Veni Vidi Vici". One of three P-38G's converted to night fighters at the 4th Air Depot at Townsville. When lost, engines V-1710-55 and V-1710-51, serial numbers unknown.
When Craig failed to returned, he was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA). Forrestal's P-38 made a crash landing out of fuel at Cape Gloucester and returned to duty.
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