|Pilot 2nd Lt. Richard S. Strommen, O-746216 (survived) Jefferson County, WI
Crashed September 15, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38G-1-LO Lightning serial number 42-12709. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 80th Fighter Squadron "Headhunters". No known nickname or nose art.
On September 15, 1943 took off from 3 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by 2nd Lt. Richard S. Strommen on a mission. During the flight, this Lightning became lost in bad weather and Strommen bailed out and landed safely.
Strommen was later rescued and returned to Port Moresby.
This P-38 crashed near Baimuru (Ibiko village) roughly
fifteen miles northwest of Kikori in Gulf Province. The tail boom has traces of a tail letter (letter unknown). The 80th Fighter Squadron used letters the tails of aircraft.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Richard S. Strommen
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38G-1-LO Lightning 42-12709
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38G Lightning 42-12709
National Archives 90th Fighter Squadron History Frame 359 Microfilm 1065#3
Tales of a War Pilot chapter 3 "Escape from the Stone Age" pages 29-50 recounts Strommen's loss and return
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August 11, 2019