|Pilot Lt. Homer F. Harrington (survived) Seattle, WA
Crashed April 21, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 322-3314. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38G-13-LO Lightning serial number 43-2205. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group "Cyclone's Flying Circus", 80th Fighter Squadron "The Headhunters". No known nickname or nose art.
On April 21, 1943 took off from 3 Mile Drome (Kila) near Port Moresby piloted by Lt. Homer F. Harrington and crashed on take off crashing into two trucks and killed a Pfc Zane W Hill an armorer from the 3rd Bombardment Group, 89th Bombardment Squadron. Pilot Harrington survived.
Harrington retired from the U. S. Air Force (USAF) with the rank of Colonel. He passed away
February 8, 2014 in retirement in Cocoa Beach, FL and was cremated.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38G-13-LO Lightning 43-2205
"2205 (8th FG, 80th FS) crashed on takeoff at Kila Aerodrome, New Guinea Apr 21, 1943"
April 1943 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports - P-38G 43-2205
FindAGrave - PFC Zane W Hill (photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Col Homer Fredrick Harrington (obituary)
"Florida Today February 13, 2014 – Homer Fredrick Harrington, 97, of Cocoa Beach, FL. Preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Helen, Fred is survived by 6 children; 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He attended Washington State University and worked as a sailor on ocean-going tug boats towing goods between Seattle and Alaska. He was a WWII, U.S. Army Air Corp veteran, served in Taiwan as a US military liaison representative to the Nationalist Chinese military fighting the Communist Chinese, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, flew intercontinental strategic bombers ready to defend the US against the USSR and during the Vietnam War, he commanded the Air Force unit that controlled all air traffic in and out of Vietnam and South East Asia. Fred retired from the Air Force & taught mathematics in the Brevard School System. Visitation will be held at The Life Event Center at Florida Memorial Funeral Home in Rockledge, FL on February 14, 2014. A funeral Mass will be held at Church of Our Saviour in Cocoa Beach, FL on February 15th."
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional research and analysis
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September 25, 2018