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  P-38L-5-LO Lightning Serial Number 44-25427  
5th AF
49th FG
8th FS

Pilot  2nd Lt Francis J. Hill, O-763191 (MIA / KIA) WA
Crashed  January 31, 1945
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. This aircraft had a natural aluminum finish. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38L-5-LO Lightning serial number 44-25427. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 8th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On January 31, 1945 took off from McGuire Airfield (San Jose Airfield) on Mindoro Island piloted by 2nd Lt Francis J. Hill on a mission and crashed near Batangas. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Hill was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Mike Hill (son) adds:
"I''ve found the crash site, but was wondering about your research, specifically roster of pilots flying that day. Trying to find who his wingman was."

USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38L-5-LO Lightning 44-25427

"25427 (49th FG, 8th FS) MIA Jan 13, 1945"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Francis J. Hill
FindAGrave - 2Lt Francis J Hill (tablets of the missing photo)

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Last Updated
February 18, 2020


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