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P-38 Lightnings from the 431st Fighter Squadron in four finger formation over Leyte Gulf
Photograph taken by a F-5 Lightning.
(Center Upper) P-38L "Doots" 44-24876 Tail 122 flying as the element leader no. 3 position.
(Center Right) P-38L 44-24155 Tail 112 piloted by Captain Fred Champlin in the flight leader no. 1 position leading the formation. On January 7, 1945 this aircaft was piloted by Major Thomas B. McGuire, Jr. on a fighter sweep and lost over Negros and crashed.
Credit: USAAF, 5th AF, 475th FG, 431st FS  Date: December 1944

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