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  P-38J-5 Lightning Serial Number 42-67171  
13th AF
347th FG
339th FS

Pilot  2nd Lt. John E. Langen, O-750624 (MIA / KIA) CA
Ditched  January 17, 1944
MACR  1779

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.

Mission History
On January 17, 1944 took off from Stirling Airfield pilot 2nd Lt. John E. Langen on a bomber escort mission over Rabaul. His plane was reported at 1:30pm: "Plane last seen going down in flames over Blanche Bay, New Britain; however, the information recieved is not resonably conclusive evidence of death since two pilots missing under somewhat similar circumstances have already returned.”

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

Missing Air Crew Report 1779 (MACR 1779)

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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