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  P-38 Lightning Serial Number ?  
13th AF
347th FG
68th FS

Pilot   2nd Lt. William K. Hootman, O-779477 (MIA / KIA) IL
MIA  June 26, 1945
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 347th Fighter Group, 68th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On June 26, 1945 took off on a mission over Balikpapan. Over the target, this P-38 crashed into a ridge between targets areas #15 and #20 according to mission report.

Postwar, the wreckage was intact on the ridge but it was never investigated.

Hootman was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Mark Hurley (nephew)
"I want to find his remains to bring home."

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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