|Pilot Captain Harry Lidstrom, O-425569 (MIA / KIA, BR) IL
Crashed October 16, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army, serial number unknown. 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.
On October 16, 1943 took off from Dobodura 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.
Recovery of Remains
After the crash, Lidstrom's remains were recovered and buried in New Guinea.
Lidstrom was officially declared dead on October 16, 1943.
Postwar, he was permanently buried at Manila American Cemetery at plot F row 12 grave 59.
Lidstrom force landed P-38G Lightning on February 20, 1943 at Huiva plantation
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harry E. Lidstrom
49th Fighter Group History, frame 534
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38 Lightning piloted by Lidstrom 16 October 1943
Thanks to Keith Hopper for additional information
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September 26, 2018