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  P-38G Lightning Serial Number 43-????  
5th AF
8th FG
80th FS

Pilot  1st Lt. George L. Neater (KIA) Council Bluffs, Iowa
Crashed  July 11, 1943
MACR  none

Pilot History
During July 1942 Neater was assigned to the 80th Fighter Squadron "Headhunters".

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38G Lightning serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 80th Fighter Squadron "Headhunters". No known nose art or nickname. This P-38 was detached to Vivigani Airfield on Goodenough Island.

Mission History
On July 11, 1943 took off from Vivigani Airfield piloted 1st Lt. George L. Neater. While buzzing the runway, this P-38 accidentally hit a palm tree and truck then crashed, killing the pilot.

Norbert "Norb" Ruff recalls in Ruff Stuff, pages 127-128:
"A real nice, quite gentleman and a good officer born in Iowa. Flew a lot of missions in P-39s. As I remember he was flying Griffin's wing while in a two ship formation. Neater broke the rule of always flying like your element leader. They were buzzing the strip and he got a little below Griffin and took a palm tree before hitting a truck."

Neater was officially declared dead the day of the mission. His is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Lincoln, NE.

Ruff Stuff page 127-128
FindAGrave - Lieut George L Neater (grave photo)

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Last Updated
August 11, 2019


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