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|Pilot F/O Rex A. Byers, T-60645 (MIA / KIA) PA
MIA December 25, 1943 at 12:05pm
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Construction Number 2284. Purchased with funds PR, Army Air Force Order Number AC-24636. Project number 96341R. On November 5, 1943 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38J-10-LO Lightning serial number 42-67773. The same day flown to Oakland Airport. Disassembled and shipped as cargo across the Pacific to to "Epic" arriving November 14, 1943 at Nouméa on New Caledonia and reassembled at Tontouta Airfield (La Tontouta).
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 18th Fighter Group, 44th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines V-1710-91 serial number (left) 42-35777 and (right) 42-36027. Weapon serial numbers were noted in Missing Air Crew Report 1496 (MACR 1496).
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