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Serial Number Criteria: 44-23394
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Data last updated: Tue Mar 15 09:25:04 2016
44-23209 ... 44-23558 (EXACT MATCH)
Lockheed P-38J-20-LO Lightning
MSN 422-4213/4562
23223 crashed Feb 26, 1945
23227 lost over Finesterre Ranges on local test flight Aug 18, 1944.
23229 (F-5E-2-LO, 33rd PRS, *The Deuce*) shot down by Me 262 Apr 8, 1945, Berlin, Germany.
Pilot KIA.
23232 cashed Dec 24, 1944.  Hit truck
23235 (F-5E-2-LO, 34th PRS) scrapped Nov 1945.
23241 (F-5E-2-LO, 33rd PRS, *Patches*) shot down Dec 25, 1944, 4 km N of Mores, Germany. Pilot KIA.
23245 (F-5E-2-LO, *Queenie*, 33rd PRS) scrapped Aug 1945 in France.
23249 (F-5E-2-LO) to Chinese AF
23271 (F-5E-2-LO, 9th PRS.  "Ruth").  Condemned to salvage 12 Dec 1945.
23287 (F-5E) with 379th AAFBU crashed on radio navigation flight 2 mi NE of Vilas, Kansas Aug 4, 1945.
Pilot killed.
23296 was 5000th Lightning built and painted bright vermillion red and had the name YIPPEE painted on the 
underside of the wings along with signatures of hundreds of factory workers.  Used by Lockheed test
pilots Milo Burcham and Tony LeVier in flight demonstrations to show that the plane was manageable with
one prop feathered.  Assigned to 431st FS, 475th FG. Damaged in Philippines Dec 1944 and Jan 1945
23314 became N29Q.  To N38BP Oct 1989, to N138AM Sep 18, 1998. Later on display at Planes of Fame Air Museum, 
Minnesota as NX138AM, later N138AM, registered to Air Museum, Inc, of Chino, CA.   Although some vintage
aircraft show an X or L prefix, this has not been official since the late 1940s but is painted on to
look vintage.
23362 (475th FG, 431st FS) crashlanded Lingayen Gulf May 28, 1945
23372 (475th FG, 432nd FS) shot down Apr 18, 1945 SW of Minuli, Luzon.  MACR 14307
23379 (475th FG, 431st FS) crashlanded May 12, 1945.
23397 (18th FG, 44th FS) lost Nov 10, 1944 while attacking Japanese convoy over
Leyte.  Pilot MIA.  MACR 13042
23403 engine quit in turn during landing approach
and crashed near Santa Rosa AAF, CA Jun 29, 1944.  Pilot killed.				
23421 crashed Jan 17, 1945
23424 dove in to ocean 8 mi N of Point Arena, CA Jul 17,1944.  Pilot killed.
23452 crashed Jul 31, 1944
23463 crashed Aug 3, 1944.
23469 crashed Jan 23, 1945 somewhere in the California desert
23482 loaned to RAF at Coningsby for target marking technique development.
Transferred to US 5th AF Sep 1944 and w/o in accident Apr 1945.
23485 (367th FG, 392nd FS) shot down by flak Jul 31, 1944 in Vouvray, a few
km E of Tours, France.  MACR 7931.  Pilot bailed out and became POW.
23491 flown by Richard Bong during his time stateside between his 2nd and 3rd combat tours (May to Sep 1944) and
used to promote the sale of war bonds.
23501 loaned to 192 Sqdn RAF for ELINT duties.  Not assigned an RAF serial.
Converted to Droop Snoot configuration before going to RAF.  Reported to
have been converted to radar search aircraft and operated by 36th BS (a
radar countermeasures unit), not sure if before or after RAF service.
23503 (367th FG) lost Aug 14, 1944.  MACR 8060
23506 (367th FG) lost Aug 14, 1944.  MACR 8059
23510 (370th FG) lost Aug 18, 1944.  MACR 8514
23515 lost Oct 26, 1944.  MACR 10665.  Also listed as being loaned to RAF
Sqdn 192 for ELINT duties and lost on operations with RAF 100 Group.   Reported
to have been converted to radar search aircraft and operated by 36th BS
(a radar countermeasures unit), not sure if before or after RAF service.
23516 (474th FG) lost Aug 23, 1944.  MACR 8591
23517 loaned Mar 1944 to RAF at Coningsby for target marking technique
development.  Cancelled from USAAF inventory Feb 23, 1945 and
taken over by RAF, but never allocated RAF serial.  Modified at RAF Langford Lodge, Northern Ireland, as a 
two-seater with glazed nose. Returned to RAF Coningsby painted in PRU blue and with RAF roundels.
Used as a target marker and bomb controller by 5 Group.  Moved with Air Cdre Alfred Sharp to RAF Northolt, 
England, when appointed to the ‘Tiger Force’ [for operations in the Far East post VE day]
Coded DPA. Later to 51MU, RAF Litchfield, England for disposal and returned to the USAAF.	
To Dutch AF and sent to Newport docks Nov 16, 1948 for shipment to Holland.
Noted 1948 as ground instructional airframe at Delft University, Holland.
23521 (367th FG) lost Oct 20, 1944.  MACR 9646
23522 (474th FG) lost Mar 25, 1945.  MACR 14377
23523 (370th FG) lost Aug 18, 1944.  MACR 8515
23526 (49th FG) lost Sep 11, 1944.  MACR 8967
23537 aircraft hit water and exploded 5 mi N of Miti Island Nov 22, 1944.
23544 modified in Australia in 1944 as a single-seat night fighter with AN/APS-4 radar.
(547th FG) lost Mar 14, 1945.  MACR 13498
23549 modified in Australia in 1944 as a single-seat night fighter with AN/APS-4 radar
23555 lost Feb 1, 1945.  MACR 13299
23551 (475th FG, 433rd FS) crashed on takeoff.  Pilot killed

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