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  F-5B-1-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-67383 Tail 83
5th AF
6th PRG
8th PRS

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5th AF April 30, 1944
Pilot  1st Lt Hewitt H. Clark, O-732165 (survived)
Crashed  April 30, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 1894. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as F-5B-1-LO Lightning serial number 42-67383. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group (6th PRG), 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (8th PRS). Tail Number 83 painted in white. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On April 30, 1944 took off piloted by 1st Lt Hewitt H. Clark on a flight and while attempting to land at Tadji Airfield made an error on landing and crashed into P-40N Kittyhawk A29-405. The wreckage of this Lightning came to rest in a swampy area near the edge of the runway. Pilot Clark was unhurt in the crash.

USAF Serial Number Search Results -F-5B-1-LO Lightning 42-67383
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - F-5B Lightning 42-67383

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October 27, 2019


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