|Pilot 2nd Lt. Joseph A. Robertson, O-745513 (MIA / KIA) TX
MIA January 18, 1944 at 11:00am
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38H-1-LO Lightning serial number 42-66545. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 475th Fighter Group (475th FG) "Satan's Angels", 431st Fighter Squadron (431st FS) "Hades". Nicknamed "Hot Box Annie". Nose Number 123. When lost engine V-1710-91 serial number 42-93696 & V-171089 serial number 42-29642. Weapon serial numbers noted in MACR 1913.
On January 18, 1944 took off at from North Embi Airfield (Dobodura Airfield No. 12) near Dobodura on fighter sweep over Wewak. Flying as part of "White Flight" led by Captain D. W. Allen as the fourth aircraft at an altitude of 19,000'. At 11:00am while flying over the Alexander Mountains roughly eleven miles west of Boram Airfield, the top cover flight released their drop tanks. One of the tanks hit the right wing of this P-38 causing it to go into a spin. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Robertson was officially declared dead on January 16, 1945. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Missing Air Crew Report 1913 (MACR 1913)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38H Lightning 42-66545
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) -
Joseph A. Robertson
2Lt Joseph A Robertson (tablets of the missing photo)
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February 18, 2020