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  P-38L-5-LO "Eileen-Anne / Kim IV" Serial Number 44-25656 Tail 112
5th AF
475th FG
431st FS

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38L-5-LO Lightning serial number 44-25656. This aircraft was unpainted in a natural aluminum finish. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
During late December 1944, assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 475th Fighter Group (475th FG) "Satan's Angels", 431st Fighter Squadron (431st FS) "Clover". Tail number 112 was painted in red on each tail. The upper and lower tip of each tail was red.

Assigned to pilot Captain Fred Champlin who nicknamed it "Eileen-Anne" in honor of his wife, as a replacement aircraft for P-38L "Eileen-Ann" 44-24845 that crashed January 7, 1945 piloted by Major Thomas McGuire. To differentiate it from his prior aircraft, Champlin added an "e" to Anne.

When Captain Champlin rotated back to the United States, this aircraft was assigned to Lt. Hal Gray who renamed it "Kim IV". During February 1945, photographed on the ground at Lingayen Airfield. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38L-5-LO Lightning 44-25656
McGuire Final Report: Investigation into the final combat mission of Major Thomas B. McGuire, Jr. (2009) by David J. Mason page 7

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Last Updated
November 30, 2019


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