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  P-38H-5-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-66864  
13th AF
347th FG
339th FS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Victor H. Whistler, O-740614 (MIA / KIA) WI
MIA  September 30, 1943
MACR  742

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force (13th AF), 347th Fighter Group (347th FG), 339th Fighter Squadron (339th FS). No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines V-1710-91-89 (left) 42-94107 (right) 42-300091. Weapon serial numbers not noted in Missing Air Crew Report 742 (MACR 742).

Mission History
Took off from Fighter 2 Airfield on an escort mission against Kahili, in fair weather. Attacked by Zeros. Last seen by his wingman, Lt. E. E. Pafford going into a dive and was hit, afterwards he was unable to find his leader. This P-38 was last seen at 10,000-15,000' at 1440 at a location 35 miles east of Shortland area towards Villa Lavella.

Another report by flight leader Lt. Howie reported contacting Whistler on the radio while south of Segi, and received an answer. He asked for Whistler's position, but static was so strong it was not known if there was a reply. He believed his P-38 was in the area, as the first contact was strong, indicating he might be in the immediate vicinity.

Whistler was officially declared dead on the day of the emission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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