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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Robert M. Bennett, O-728550
Crashed April 12, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 322-3491. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38G-15-LO Lightning Serial Number 43-2382. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 8th Fighter Group (8th FG), 80th Fighter Squadron (80th FS) "Headhunters". No known nickname or nose art.
On April 12, 1943 at 11:00am while taxing at Iron Range Airfield piloted by 2nd Lt. Robert M. Bennett when the nose wheel strut broke and caused the left engine to hit the ground cracking reduction gear prior to a flight bound for 3-Mile Drome (Kila) near Port Moresby. Pilot Bennett was unhurt. Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38G-15-LO Lightning 43-2382
Thanks Keith Hopper for this information
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July 8, 2020
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