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  P-38H-5-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-66752 Nose 197
5th AF
475th FG
433rd FS
Hagan October 17, 1943
Pilot  2nd Lt. Dale L. Badgett, O-742929 (MIA / KIA) Grady County, OK
MIA  February 8, 1944
MACR  3681

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 1263. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38H-5-LO Lightning 42-66752. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) 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". Assigned to pilot Captain Daniel T. Roberts. Nose number 197. No known nickname or nose art. Painted on the left side of the nose was "Captain D. T. Roberts" with a scoreboard of Japanese flags indicating his aerial victory claims. Operated from North Borio Airfield (Dobodura No. 15). When lost, engines V-1710-89 and V-1710-91 serial numbers 42-939927 and 42-29820.

Mission History
On February 8, 1944 at 9:45am took off from North Borio Airfield (Dobodura No. 15) piloted by 2nd Lt. Dale L. Badgett on a test flight to test the fuel consumption of this aircraft at 25,000' over the Dobodura to Buna area. Over the radio to fellow pilots Austin Neely and Jack Fisk, at 10:45 he reported his altitude was 18,000' and that his cockpit was full of smoke and that he was going down and he planned to bail out at 15,000'. This P-38 was not observed to crash.

Badgett was officially declared dead on April 8, 1944. As the flight was deemed non-combat he did not earn the Purple Heart, posthumously. Badgett is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing. He also has a memorial marker at Rose Hill Cemetery in Chickasha, OK in block 4.

Note, some sources list the date of this loss as February 8, 1943 [sic 1944].
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Dale L. Badgett
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38H-5-LO Lightning  42-66752
66752 (475th FG, 433rd FS) MIA Feb 8, 1943. MACR 3681"
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 3681 can not be found at present
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38H Lightning 42-66749
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) Dale L. Badgett
FindAGrave - 2Lt Dale Lee Badgett (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 2LT Dale Lee Badgett (memorial marker photo)
War In Pacific Skies (2003) pages 100-101 (painting)

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Last Updated
October 16, 2022


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