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80th Pursuit Squadron (80th PS) / 80th Fighter Squadron (80th FS)
"The Headhunters"

U.S. Army Air Force, 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group (8th FG)
Background
Assigned to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF), 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group (8th FG) as the 80th Pursuit Squadron (80th PS) and later renamed the 80th Fighter Squadron (80th FS) and nicknamed "The Headhunters" equipped with the P-38 Lightning flying combat missions in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) during World War II.

Wartime History
In early 1942 the 80th Pursuit Squadron (80th PS) was sent overseas to Australia. On March 6, 1942 arrives Brisbane. On March 13, 1942 the squadron moves to Lowood Airfield.

On May 1, 1942 six Airacobras took off on a ferry flight from Antil Plains Airfield flying northward with a refueling stop at Cooktown Airfield then encountered a storm near Horn Island. Due to bad weather and thick clouds, four Airacobras force land on Cape York Peninsula including P-39F- 41-7216 (survived).

During early May 1942 redesigned the 80th Fighter Squadron (80th FS).

On July 20, 1942 the squadron moves from Petrie Airfield in Australia to 12 Mile Drome near Port Moresby with P-39s and P-400. On July 22, 1942 the squadron fly their first combat mission.

On December 11, 1943 80th Fighter Squadron transfers from Port Moresby to Dobodura with P-38's

P-38F 42-12637  pilot DeGraffenreid crashed August 21, 1943
P-38F Dottie From Brooklyn" 42-12647  transfered to a service squadron force landed January 1944
P-38G 42-12709  pilot Strommen crashed September 15, 1943
P-38G 42-12857  pilot Wilson force landed April 12, 1944
P-38G 43-2201  pilot Smith crashed August 20, 1943, 1 missing resolved
P-38G 43-2203  pilot Evers MIA November 2, 1943
P-38G 43-2205  pilot Harrington crashed April 21, 1943
P-38G "Ruff Stuff" 43-2212  ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped
P-38G 43-2382  pilot Bennett crashed April 12, 1943
P-38G "Lil-De-Icer / G.I. Annie" 43-2386  pilot Gentile MIA November 7, 1943
P-38G McIntyre  pilot McIntyre crashed April 29, 1943
P-38G pilot Neater crashed July 11, 1943
P-38H 42-66525  pilot Mathers crashed August 23, 1943
P-38 piloted by Feehan  MIA August 21, 1943
P-38 piloted by Guttel  MIA August 21, 1943
P-38 piloted by Krisher  MIA August 21, 1943
P-38 piloted by McCarthy crashed July 21, 1943
P-38H "Porky II" 42-66506  pilot Craigg MIA December 26, 1943
P-38H "Staten Island or Bust" 42-66535  ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped
P-38H 42-66563  pilot Adams MIA September 2, 1943
P-38H "My Gal Sal" 42-66631  pilot Myers MIA December 22, 1943
P-38H 42-66662  pilot Shea MIA November 2, 1943
P-38H "Corky Jr" 42-66668  transfered to the 36th Fighter Squadron
P-38H "Jandina" 42-668??  ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped
P-38H 42-66835  ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped
P-38J 42-67142  pilot Donaldson MIA December 22, 1943
P-38J 42-67152  pilot Gidley MIA January 23, 1944
P-38J "Corky III" 42-67580  ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped
P-38J "Jandina II" 42-67590  ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped
P-38J "Jandina IV" 43-28832  ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped
P-38J 42-103983  ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped
P-38J "Jandina III" 42-103988  pilot Robbins force landed May 7, 1944
P-38J 42-103992  ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped
P-38J "Corky IV"  ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped
P-38L 44-27142  pilot Hochuli MIA August 12, 1945, 1 missing

References
Combat Squadrons of the Air Force World War II (1982) pages 282-283 (80th Fighter) [PDF pages 294-295]
Stars & Bars (1995) pages 25 (8th PG / 8th FG)
Attack & Conquer The 8th Fighter Group in World War II (1999) unit history of the 8th Fighter Group (8th FG)
P-39 Airacobra Aces of World War 2 (2001) page 9
"P-39s of the USAAF's 8th PG (all pursuit groups were redesignated fighter groups in May 1942)"


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