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  P-38H-1-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-66578  
5th AF

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank at a cost of $96,990.00 under order number AC-24636 using funds F-1. Constructors Number 1089. On May 31, 1943 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38H-1-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-66578 and that same day flown from Burbank Airfield to Sacramento Air Depot (SAD). On June 11, 1943 flown from Sacramento Air Depot (SAD) to Fort Mason Airfield. Disassembled for assignment to "LEFT" (5th Air Force). On July 2, 1943 departed the United States and transported across the Pacific to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and unloaded In Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF). According to the Individual Aircraft Record Card (IARC) for this aircraft, it was "CON MISS EA" (Condemned Missing, Enemy Aircraft) August 24, 1943 indicating this plane was shot down over enemy territory on a combat mission. Often the condemned date was several days after the actual date of loss.

Possibly, this aircraft was one of three P-38 Lightnings from the 8th Fighter Group (8th FG), 80th Fighter Squadron (80th FS) "Headhunters" Missing In Action (MIA) August 21, 1943 on an escort mission over Wewak and might be associated with P-38 pilot Feehan (MIA), P-38 pilot Guttel (MIA) or P-38 pilot Krisher (MIA).

USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38H-1-LO Lightning 42-66578
Individual Aircraft Record Card (IARC) - P-38H Lightning Serial Number 42-66578 "CON MISS EA 82443"
Research Related to Cowling With “AC 426655 1089L” by Pacific Wrecks November 29, 2015

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March 3, 2020


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