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17th PRS July 7, 1944
|Pilot 1st Lt. John H. Deutschman (survived) Wayne County, MI
Crash Landing July 7, 1944
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Converted from a P-38G model into a F-5B photographic reconnaissance version. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as F-5B-1-LO Lightning serial number unknown, likely 42-67??? (last three digitis unknown). Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific and reassembled.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force (13th AF), 4th Photo Reconnaissance Group (4th PRG), 17th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron (17th PRS). No known nose art or nickname. Nose number 12 (?) painted in white on each side of the nose.
On July 7, 1944 took off from Bougainville piloted by 1st Lt. John H. Deutschman on a mission and force landed largely intact on Bougainville. Pilot Deutschman was unhurt in the landing. Afterwards, parts were salvaged from the crash and the rest of the aircraft was abandoned.
Deutschman earned the Air Medal with oak leaf cluster. He passed away on December 31, 1993 and was cremated and buried at Parkview Memorial Cemetery in Livonia MI in the cremorial gardens.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - John H. Deutschman
USAF Serial Number Search Results - F-5B-1-LO Lightning 42-67312 ... 42-67401
FindAGrave - John Herbert Deutschman (grave photo)
Lansing State Journal "Michigan men cited by Army Air Forces" October 28, 1943 page 4
"Second Lieut. John H. Deutschman, Detroit... received a bronze oak leaf cluster to the air medal."
Detroit Free Press April 9, 1944 page 9
"The oak leaf cluster in lieu of an additional Air Medal has been awarded 1st Lt. John H. Deutschman, pilot in the Army Air Forces. Lt. Deutschman is with the 13th Army Air Forces in the South Pacific."
Detroit Free Press "Four Michigan Fliers Honored" October 24, 1943 page 7
"2nd Lt. John M. [sic H.] Deutschman of 329 Alger, Detroit... received a [oak leaf] cluster"
Thanks to Edward Rogers for research and analysis
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