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  P-38J-10 Lightning Serial Number 42-67617  
5th AF
18th FG
44th FS

Pilot  1st Lt. Eark R. Heckler O-789908 (MIA/KIA) LA
MIA  January 17, 1944 at 2:00pm
MACR  1774

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 18th Fighter Group, 44th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
Took off from Stirling Airfield on a bomber escort mission over Rabaul. Last seen over Blanche Bay at 2:00pm.

Heckler was officially declarded dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Honolulu Memorial Cemetery.

HQ 18th Fighter Group January 1 – February 29, 1944 (USAF Historical Research Agency IRSUM: 78048)
{Page 5) "January 17, 1944 44th Fighter Squadron - Our loss: 1st Lt. Earl R. Heckler, Munson, Snell, reported missing in action. 2nd Lt. Theodore Schoettel, killed in action."

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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