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9th FS via Cook c1943
9th FS via Cook c1943
|Pilot Captain Harry E. Lidstrom, O-425569 (MIA / KIA, BR) Chicago, IL
Crashed October 16, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38 Lightning serial number unknown. This aircraft was likely a P-38G Lightning or P-38H Lightning. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 9th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. This aircraft was assigned to Captain Harry E. Lidstrom and had a rectangle painted on the left side of the nose with a single Japanese rising sun flag indicating his victory claim on March 28, 1943 over Oro Bay.
On October 16, 1943 took off from Dobodura piloted by Captain Harry E. Lidstrom on an escort mission over Madang. Returning, Lidstrom safely landed at Lae Airfield and later that same day took off again on a flight back to Dobodura and disappeared. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Recovery of Remains
After the crash, Lidstrom's remains were recovered and buried in New Guinea.
Lidstrom was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Postwar, his remains were transported to the Philippines and he was permanently buried at Manila American Cemetery at plot F row 12 grave 59.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Harry E. Lidstrom
Previously, Lidstrom force landed P-38G 42-12863 on February 20, 1943 at Huiva Plantation. On March 28, 1943 Lidstrom was credited with s single aerial victory over Oro Bay.
USAF Historical Study No. 85 USAF Credits For The Destruction of Enemy Aircraft, World War II Alphabetical: Lidstrom Harry E. page 115 (PDF page 122), Alphabetical, by theater of operation (SWP) Lidstrom Harry E 03/28/43 page 340 (PDF page 346)
49th Fighter Group History, frame 534
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38 Lightning piloted by Lidstrom 16 October 1943
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harry E. Lidstrom
FindAGrave - Capt Harry E Lidstrom
Thanks to Keith Hopper for additional information
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