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  P-38J-20-LO Lightning Serial Number 44-23397  
13th AF
18th FG
44th FS
"Vampire Squadron"

Pilot  2nd Lt. James R. Glenny, O-760287 (MIA / KIA) UT
MIA  November 10, 1944 between 1:30pm–1:50pm
MACR  13042

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38J-20-LO Lightning serial number 44-23397. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force (13th AF), 18th Fighter Group (18th FG), 44th Fighter Squadron "Vampire Squadron" (44th FS). No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engine V-1710 serial numbers A-049903 and A-049465. Weapon serial numbers noted in Missing Air Crew Report 13042 (MACR 13042).

Mission History
On November 10, 1944 took off from Wama Airfield on Morotai piloted by 2nd Lt. James R. Glenny on a bombing mission against a Japanese convoy west of Leyte. This aircraft was flying in the flight led by 1st Lt. Harold Slupe in the no. 4 postiion. Last seen by three other pilots west of Palompon prior to the dive bombing attack and presumed lost sometime between 1:30pm to 1:50pm. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Glenny was officially declared dead on November 11, 1945 (administrative date of death a year and a day after his loss). He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing. He earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart , posthumously. He also has a memorial marker at Memory Grove Memorial in Salt Lake City, UT.

Previously, Glenny had survived the ditching of P-38J Lightning on October 12, 1944 off the coast of New Guinea and rescued.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38J-20-LO Lightning 44-23397

"23397 (18th FG, 44th FS) lost Nov 10, 1944 while attacking Japanese convoy over Leyte. Pilot MIA. MACR 13042"
Missing Air Crew Report 13042 (MACR 13042)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James R. Glenny
FindAGrave - 1Lt James R Glenny (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - 1LT James R Glenny (memorial marker photo)

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Last Updated
October 31, 2019


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