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  P-38J-15-LO Lightning Serial Number 43-28834  
5th AF
59th Service Group

Pilot  Captain Rowland D. Griffiths, O-406780 90th BG, 321st BS (MIA / KIA) Akron, OH
MIA  January 27, 1945 at 2:30pm
MACR  13295

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38J-15-LO Lightning serial number 43-28834. This aircraft had a natural aluminum finish. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 59th Service Group. No known noseart or nickname. When lost, V-1710-91-89 serial number 42-94101 and a-045176.

Mission History
On January 27, 1945 took off from Tacloban Airfield on a local flight and failed to return. Pilot Griffiths was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Afterwards, Air & Sea Rescue searched but made no signtings.

Griffiths was officially declared dead on January 28, 1946. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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