|Pilot 2nd Lt. Stanley W. Johnson, O-743343 (MIA / KIA) MT
MIA November 7, 1943 at 12:40pm
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 322-3308. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38G-13-LO Lightning serial number 43-2199. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 9th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On June 12, 1943 this P-38 was damaged during a taxiing accident at Horanda Airfield (Dobodura 4). Afterwards, repaired.
When lost, engines V-1710-55 and V-1710-53 serial numbers 42-93330 and 42-251440. This aircraft was armed with four .50 caliber machine guns serial numbers 199746, 198500, 198519 and 197600. 20mm cannon serial number
On November 7, 1943 took off from Kiriwina Airfield on a mission to escort bombers over Rabaul. The weather was cumulus clouds with 7/10th coverage from 1,000' to well over 30,000' over the target area. This P-38 was last seen by Captain Richard I. Bong with four enemy fighters on the tail of this P-38 over Saint Georges Channel near Induna Island. Last seen diving away. When this P-38 failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Johnson was officially declared dead on December 15, 1945. He earned the Silver Star, Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. Johnson is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. He also has a memorial marker at Lewistown City Cemetery in Lewistown, MT.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Stanley W. Johnson
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38G-13-LO Lightning 43-2199
Missing Air Crew Report 1075 (MACR 1075)
created November 9, 1943
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) Stanley W. Johnson
2Lt Stanley W Johnson (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Stanley Warren Johnson (memorial marker Lewistown City Cemetery)
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February 18, 2020