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432nd Fighter Squadron (432nd FS) "Clover"
U. S. Army Air Force, 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group (475th FG)
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Assigned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF), 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group (475th FG) "Satan's Angels" as the 432nd Fighter Squadron (432nd FS) "Clover" equipped with the P-38 Lightning flying combat missions in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA).

Wartime History
On May 14, 1943 the 431st Fighter Squadron (431st FS) "Hades" was activated at Charters Towers Airfield in Queensland in Australia. On June 11, 1943 transfers from Charters Towers Airfield to Amberley Field near Brisbane.

On August 12, 1943 elements of the squadron moved to 17 Mile Drome (Durand) near Port Moresby in New Guinea. On August 13, 1942 the squadron flies their first combat mission. By August 14, 1943 the rest of the squadron arrives at North Borio Airfield (Dobodura No. 15). By September 1, 1943 the portion of the squadron at Port Moresby transferred to North Borio Airfield (Dobodura No. 15).

On October 29, 1943 lost is P-38J 42-66523 pilot 2nd Lt. Christopher O. Bartlett on an escort mission over Rabual and after a dog fight ditched off the north coast of New Britain and was hidden by friendly natives until December 1943 when a German missionary betrayed him to the Japanese and he became a Prisoner Of War (POW).

On March 25, 1944 transfers to Nadzab.

Tail Codes
432nd Fighter Squadron "Clover" (White): 140–169

References
P-38 Lightnings operated by the 475th Fighter Group
475th Fighter Group Museum
475th Fighter Group Historical Foundation
Possum, Clover & Hades 475th Fighter Group in World War II (2004) by John Stanaway
475th Fighter Group Aviation Elite Units 23 (2007) by John Stanaway
Lightning Strikes: The 475th Fighter Group in the Pacific War, 1943-1945 (1988) by Ronald W. Yoshino


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