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  P-38 Lightning Serial Number ?  
5th AF
or 13th AF

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Stafford Lake 2005

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 5th Air Force or 13th Air Force. Ditched or crashed into shallow water off Samar.

During 2005, this aircraft was discovered in shallow water near Samar.

Stafford Lake adds:
"The P-38 is in shallow water and complete, we took care in lifting a motor, hub and prop. The manifold pipes and turbo chargers are still attached. The block has a number on the right hand side, above it is a small plate under the manifold with another number. All appear in good condition for its age also have an eye witness as to how it hit the water after a dogfight with a Japanese aircraft.

The numbers off the motor give it as a D series. The number on the right hand side of the block is 44857DO or D40,the plate under the right manifold is12-11-52 2B, on the left side under the manifold it is 11-380-1B.The plate is made of stainless steel."

Thanks to Stafford Lake for additional information

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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