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April 12, 1943
|Pilot 1st Lt. Martin P. "Big Pete" Alger (survived)
Force Landed April 12, 1943
During the air combat, a Zero dived after Alger's Lightning, hitting his right engine, boom and tail with with 20mm cannon shells and 7.7mm bullets that also shattered his cockpit canopy. Chased by the Zero, he flew southward over Fairfax Harbor off Port Moresby until the attacking Zero gave up. Finally, he was able to force land at 7-Mile Drome. After landing, this P-38 was written off.
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