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  P-38L-1-LO "Lizzie IV" Serial Number 44-24842 Number 174
5th AF
475th FG
433rd FS

Pilot  1st Lt. John E. Purdy, O-745250 (survived)
Force Landed  December 11, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38L-1-LO Lightning serial number 44-24842. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 475th Fighter Group (475th FG) "Satan's Angels", 433rd Fighter Squadron (433rd FS) "Possum". Assigned to pilot 1st Lt. John E. Purdy. Nicknamed "Lizzie IV". Squadron Number 174.

Mission History
On December 11, 1944 took off from Dulag Airfield on Leyte piloted by 1st Lt. John E. Purdy on a patrol mission over Leyte. After claiming a pair of Ki-43 Oscars shot down (his fourth and fifth aerial victory claims), his Lightning ran out of fuel and force landed on Cabugan Grande Island.

Fates of the Pilot
Afterwards, Purdy returned to duty.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38L-1-LO Lightning 44-24842
"24842 (475th FG, 433rd FS) crash landed Dec 11, 1944 due to enemy action"
USAF Historical Study No. 85 USAF Credits For The Destruction of Enemy Aircraft, World War II Alphabetical: Purdy, John E. page 155 (PDF page 162), Chronological List: 12/11/44 (two victory claims) page 486 (PDF page 491)
P-38 Lightning Aces of the Pacific and CBI (1997) by John Stanaway pages 89 (Appendices P-38 aces, 475th FG pilots)

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Last Updated
February 18, 2020


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