|Pilot 2nd Lt. Edwin A. Christian, O-743314 (MIA / KIA) AL
MIA March 3, 1944
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Converted
from a model P-38G into a F-5B-1
photographic reconnaissance version. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, 25th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines V-1710 serial numbers 94860 and 30560.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, 25th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron.
No known nickname or nose art.
On March 3, 1944 took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 4 (APO 713 Unit 1) piloted by 2nd Lt. Edwin A. Christian on a photographic reconnaissance mission over Tadji. Weather was clear. No information about this aircraft was received after take off. When it failed to return and was declared Missing In Action (MIA).
On March 5, 1944 a photographic reconnaissance over But, Dagua, Boram and Madang failed to make any sighting of this aircraft, nor any fighters flying in this area. On March 6, 1944 fighters and a US Navy Catalina search the area, without result.
Christian was officially declared dead
on February 5, 1946. He earned the Purple Heart, posthumously. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Edwin A. Christian
FindAGrave - 2Lt Edwin A Christian (tablets of the missing)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - F-5B Lightning 42-67363
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February 18, 2020