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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Ralph E. Schmidt, O-743512 (MIA / KIA) CA
MIA August 18, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 1083. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38H-1-LO Lightning serial number 42-66572. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group, 431st Fighter Squadron. When lost, engine serial numbers V-1710-89 serial number 42-93645 and V-1710-91 serial number 42-29662. Weapon serial numbers not listed in MACR.
Over the target, Jett and Schmidt released their drop tanks, then Schmidt chased a "Zeke" (Ki-43 Oscar) spotted to the south. This aircraft was last seen southeast of Dagua at 10:00am by the flight's No. 3 2nd Lt. Edward Czarnecki. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
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