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  P-38H-1-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-66528  
5th AF
8th FG
36th FS

Pilot  Captain Warren R. Danson, O-433813 (MIA / KIA) Sullivan, MO
MIA  March 14, 1944 at 10:20am
MACR  3735

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 1039. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 36th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost engines V-1710-89 serial number 42-29898 and V-1710-91 serial number 42-93883. Weapon serial numbers not listed in Missing Air Crew Report 3735 (MACR 3735).

Mission History
On March 14, 1944 took off from Finschafen Airfield (Dreger) piloted by Captain Warren R. Danson as part of "Agate" flying high cover escort mission over Wewak. The weather was good with unlimited visibility.

Over Kairuru Island at 25,000' at 11:00am, the P-38s observed eight enemy aircraft were spotted 2,000' below and the P-38s released their drop tanks and dove down to make two passes. Danson was last observed in a shallow dive at 7,000' over the northwest tip of Mushu Island at 10:20am by his wingman Captain James E. McLaughlin.

He was believed to have crashed into the sea adjacent to Wewak and Kairuru Island at roughly Lat 3.23 Long 143.32. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Later that day, a U. S. Navy PBY Catalina searched the sea off Wewak in hopes he had parachuted. On March 15, 1944 the same Catalina searched a different area around Kairuru Island and the Muschu Passage.

On March 16, 1944 a U. S. Navy PBY Catalina searched the same areas without results. On March 17, 1944 the same U. S. Navy PBY Catalina searched the area after receiving reports that a distress signal had been sent up at Kairuru Island. No sightings were ever made nor any distress signals observed.

Danson was officially declared dead on January 18, 1946. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Warren R. Danson
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38H-1-LO Lightning 42-66528
Missing Air Crew Report 3735 (MACR 3735)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Warren R. Danson
FindAGrave - Capt Warren R Danson (photo, tablets of the missing)

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Last Updated
February 18, 2020


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