|Pilot 2nd Lt. Dale L. Badgett, O-742929 (MIA / KIA) OK
MIA February 8, 1944
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
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" and Japanese flags marking victories. 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.
Took off from North Borio Airfield (Dobodura No. 15) at 9:45am on a test flight to test the fuel consumption of this aircraft at 25,000' over the Dobodura/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. Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Missing Air Crew Report 3681 (MACR 3681)
War In Pacific Skies page 100-101 (painting)
Note, some sources list the date of this loss as February 8, 1943
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 3681 can not be found at present
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38H Lightning 42-66749
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February 18, 2020