|Pilot Captain Lee R. Everhart, O-663027 C. O. 35th FS (MIA / KIA) IL
Crashed October 12, 1944
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army, serial number unknown. Shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 35th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On October 12, 1944 took off from Wama Airfield on Morotai piloted by Captain Lee R. Everhart on a dive bombing and strafing mission against Mapanget Airfield in Celebes (Sulawesi). Over the target, this P-38 was hit by ground fire and observed to dive into the ground and crash at Mapanget Airfield.
Robert Rocker adds:
"Lee Everhart, the C.O. of the 35th FS with six victories was killed strafing this strip
in his P-38L flying from Morotai. He was hit by ground fire while dive bombing Mapanget airfield and his aircraft caught on fire and he did not exit the aircraft as it dove vertical into the ground on October 12th, 1944."
Everhart was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Lee R. Everhart
Capt Lee R Everhart (photo, tablets of the missing)
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January 14, 2020