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  P-38H-1-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-66539  
5th AF
475th FG
433rd FS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Carl A. Danforth, O-746057 (MIA / KIA) IN
MIA  January 23, 1944 at 11:25
MACR  2136

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38H Lightning serial number 42-66539. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 475th Fighter Group (475th FG) "Satan's Angels", 433rd Fighter Squadron (433rd FS) "Possum". No known nose art or nickname. When lost engine serial numbers V-1710-91289 serial numbers 42-93866(?) and 42-29930. Weapon serial numbers listed in Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 2136.

Mission History
On January 23, 1944 took off from North Borio Airfield (Dobodura Airfield No. 15) piloted by 2nd Lt. Carl A. Danforth on a mission to escort B-24s over Wewak. Danforth was flying on the wing of Captain Richard D. Kimball. The weather was scattered cumulus clouds at 5-10,000' with good visibility.

Over the target, their formation engaged in a dog fight with Ki-61 Tonys and "Zekes" (sic, Ki-43 Oscars). This P-38 was last seen five miles east of Boram Airfield at the start of the combat. No radio contact was made. When this P-38 failed to return, it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost are P-38H 42-66852 (MIA) and P-38J 42-67152 (MIA).

Afterwards, no search was made for this aircraft.

Danforth was officially declared dead on January 17, 1946. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Danforth also has a memorial marker at Rice Cemetery in Elkhart, IN at section 26.

NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Carl A. Danforth
Missing Air Crew Report 2136 (MACR 2136)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Carl A. Danforth
FindAGrave - 2Lt Carl A Danforth (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Carl A Danforth (memorial marker photo)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38H Lightning 42-66539

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Last Updated
February 18, 2020


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Jan 23, 1944

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