|Pilot 1st Lt. Frederick J. Sibley, O-659191 (MIA / KIA) IL
MIA July 10, 1943 at 1:45pm
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 9th Fighter Squadron. When lost, engines V1710-55-51 serial numbers 42-31996 and 42-28224. Weapon serial numbers not known.
On July 10, 1943 took off from Horanda Drome (Dobodura No. 4) on an escort mission over Salamaua to Mubo. Weather was strata clouds from 10,000-25,000' with 8/10 coverage and cumulus clouds over the mountains. Returning from the mission, the formation was flying at 200'. This P-38 was last seen by 1st Lt Richard Bong north of Cape Ward Hunt and was not seen afterwards. Presumed lost between Hercules Bay and Horanda Drome.
Sibley was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Pilot Roster, 9th Fighter Squadron 1942-1943 via Edward Rogers
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) -
Frederick J. Sibley
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February 18, 2020