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P-38J-20-LO, s/n 44-23513, coded F5-I "droopsnoot" Lightning of the 428th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group. Location appears to be airfield R-2, Bad Langensalza, Germany, late spring 1945. Aircraft forced to ditch in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Nice, France 9 May 1945 after suffering a dual engine failure. The pilot, 1Lt. Robert D. Hanson, and his passenger, 1Lt. Lloyd Wenzel, survived the ditching.

First handwritten caption on reverse: 'P-38? "Pathfinder"!'
Second handwritten caption on reverse: '428th FS, 474th FG, 9th Air Force.'

Droop Snoop P-38 lead bomber A/C with bombardier in modified nose.

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

A modified P-38 Lightning of the 474th Fighter Group. First handwritten caption on reverse: 'P-38? "Pathfinder"!' Second handwritten caption on reverse: '428th FS, 474th FG, 9th Air Force.'

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Date Contributor Update
19 January 2018 02:00:30 eagle0025 Changes to caption
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Update a/c and loss information

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2018 17:01:03 eagle0025 Changes to caption, unit associations and place associations
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Updated aircraft and location information.

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2016 09:25:49 Al_Skiff Changes to caption
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Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2016 09:24:18 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
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Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:23 AAM AAM ingest
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IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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