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  P-38G-13-LO Lightning Serial Number 43-2238 Nose 122
13th AF
347th FG
339th FS

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Doug Canning 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38G-13-LO Lightning serial number 43-2238. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force (13th AF), 347th Fighter Group (347th FG), 339th Fighter Squadron (339th FS). No known nickname or nose art. Nose Number 122 painted in white. The right engine cowl was painted "Phoebe".

Wartime History
On April 18, 1943 took off from Fighter 2 (Kukum) on Guadalcanal piloted by Thomas G. Lanphier, Jr. on the "Yamamoto Mission" and claimed to shoot down G4M1 Betty 2656 with Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto aboard. After the mission, this P-38 had two holes in the horizontal stabilizer. Ultimate fate unknown, this aircraft was likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38G-13-LO Lightning 43-2238
13th Fighter Command in World War II - Chapter 8 - Yamamoto Mission pages 137 - 162
Doug Canning via Wayback Machine December 17, 2014

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October 23, 2019


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