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RAAF.Serial Aircraft.Type MSN USAAF.Serial Aircraft History
A55-1 F-4-1-LO

L222-62-13

5376 41-2158 USAAF History
17/01/42 Received by USAAF.
22/04/42 Received Long Beach.
25/04/42 Received Lowry (8 PRS).
25/05/42 Received Dallas.
14/06/42 Received Lowry.
23/06/42 Received Sacramento Air Depot.
15/07/42 Received San Francisco (Port of Embarkation).
15/08/42 Departed USA.
25/08/42 Diverted to Australia.

RAAF History
31/08/42 Received at 1 AD, Laverton, Vic.
The Form E/E88 for A55-1 shows "Late 41-2158".
15/10/42 Issued to 1 PRU ex 1 AD.
30/10/42 Departed Laverton in company with A55-2 on delivery to 1 PRU.
31/10/42 Received 1 PRU Hughes N.T.
19/11/42 Unserviceable at Hughes.
06/12/42 1 PRU moved from Hughes to Coomalie Creek, N.T.
02/01/43 Recce flight, F/O P.B. Sinnott.
03/01/43 Recce flight, Flt Lt C.C. Lawrie.
05/01/43 Recce flight, Flt Lt W.H.S. Talberg.
14/01/43 Recce flight, Flt Lt C.C. Lawrie.
Unserviceable due failure of port supercharger.
12/02/43 Ferried to 1 AD, Laverton by Flt Lt C.C. Lawrie for 240 hourly inspection.
14/02/43 Received 1 AD Laverton ex 1 PRU.
24/03/43 Ferried from 1 AD, Laverton to 1 PRU, Coomalie Creek by Flt Lt P.B. Sinnott.
28/03/43 Photography Dili, Flt Lt P.B. Sinnott. Engine unserviceable.
31/03/43 Photography Penfoei, Flt Lt P.B. Sinnott. Engine unserviceable - faulty intercooler and supercharger.
21/04/43 Photo recce Fuiloro, Sqn Ldr L.W. Law.
24/04/43 Photo recce Dili, Flt Lt P.B. Sinnott.
25/04/43 Photography North Goulbourne Island, Flt Lt C.C. Lawrie.
26/04/43 Photography Cape Helvetius, Flt Lt F. Robilliard.
27/04/43 Photo recce Atamboea, Flt Lt C.C. Lawrie.
28/04/43 Survey flight of Timor, Sqn Ldr W.L. Law. Aircraft unserviceable.
29/04/43 Survey flight of Timor, Flt Lt W.H.S. Talberg. Weather unfavourable.
??/04/43 Aircraft unserviceable with rough-running engine.
03/05/43 Photo recce Gaumlaki, Alilit & Seframat, Flt Lt F. Robilliard. Weather unsuitable.
06/05/43 Photography Wessel Island, Flt Lt F. Robilliard.
11/05/43 Survey of Portuguese Timor, Flt Lt P.B. Sinnott. Weather unsuitable.
13/05/43 Survey of Portuguese Timor, Flt Lt F. Robilliard. Weather unsuitable.
24/05/43 Survey of Portuguese Timor, Flt Lt P.B. Sinnott. Weather unsuitable.
29/05/43 Photo recce Dili and Fuiloro, Flt Lt W.H.S. Talberg. Weather unsuitable.
19/08/43 Issued to 14 ARD for 240 hourly inspection.
20/09/43 Aircraft still awaiting return of items dispatched to 1 AD for overhaul.
05/11/43 Issued to USAAC at Townsville.
Form E/E88 is unclear but appears to state "for complete overhaul"
10J/01/44 Damaged in non-flying accident.
Aircraft moved from chocks in high winds at Coomalie Creek, N.T. and ran into a drain causing structural damage.
12/01/44 Allotted 4 RSU for repair.
NOTE: The sequence of events from 16 May to 15 August 1944 is unclear, but events are presented here as shown on the Form E/E88.
16/05/44 Allotted 5th Air Force No 2 Depot ex 1PRU for 240 hourly and double engine change.
02/07/44 Issued Eagle Farm ex 1PRU.
04/07/44 Aircraft leaving for 5th Air Force Townsville.
15/08/44 Received PRU ex Eagle Farm.
01/09/44 Starboard undercarriage collapsed on landing at Coomalie Creek,
Aircraft was damaged beyond economical repair in the subsequent fire.
The pilot (F/LT C.J.Rush) escaped with superficial burns to face, arms and hands.
12/09/44 Received 8 CRD ex 1 PRU.
26/09/44 Approved for conversion to components.

USAAF History
31/10/44 Condemned by the Fifth Air Force, Brisbane.
09/01/45 Struck off by USAAF.

Highlight for Album: Lightning A55-1  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A55-2 F-4-1-LO

L222-62-13

5377 41-2159 USAAF History
17/01/42 Received by USAAF.
18/04/42 Received Long Beach Fighter Command.
25/04/42 Received Lowry (8 PRS).
25/05/42 Received Dallas.
19/06/42 Received Lowry.
23/06/42 Received Sacramento Air Depot.
06/07/42 Received San Francisco (Port of Embarkation).
15/07/42 Received SUMAC (Fifth Air Force SWPA)
15/08/42 SUMAC (Fifth Air Force SWPA).
25/08/42 Diverted to Australia.

RAAF History
04/09/42 Received at 1 AD, Laverton, Vic.
The Form E/E88 for A55-2 does not record any previous identity.
16/1/42 Issued to 1 PRU ex 1 AD.
30/1/42 Departed Laverton in company with A55-1 on delivery to 1 PRU.
31/10/42 Received 1 PRU Hughes N.T.
20/10/42 Crashed 2 miles west of Livingstone, N.T. while attempting a go around with a failed engine.
The pilot, Flt Lt Cridland, was killed and the aircraft totally destroyed.
24/10/42 Received 1 RSU.
18/12/42 Converted to components by 1 RSU.

Highlight for Album: Lightning A55-2  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A55-3 F-4-1-LO

L222-62-13

5340

Or

5362

41-2122 *

Or possibly

41-2144 *
 

USAAF History
* New research by published by Ron Cuskelly and assisted by Gordon Birkett and others indicates that A55-3 may actually have been 41-2144 (MSN 5362) rather than 41-2122 (MSN 5340) as noted on the aircraft's E.E/88. See Ron's site for more information on this very convincing theory:

http://www.adastron.com/lockheed/lightning/lightning.htm

http://www.adastron.com/lockheed/lightning/serials.htm

http://www.adastron.com/lockheed/lightning/44.htm
 
41-2122 * 41-2144 *
Received by USAAF.
To
8th PRS, USAAF.
Noted as:
05/12/43 Crashed and burned near Hood Point, PNG
during a local familiarisation flight by a newly posted pilot.
The pilot, F/O Fred Cross, died the following day as a result of his injuries.
05/12/43 Struck off as a result of a non-combat accident.
01/01/42 Received by USAAF as P-38E.
13/03/
42 Redesignated F-4.
07/04/42 Received at Long Beach Fighter Command.
13/04/42 Received at Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
29/04/42 Received at Felts Field, Spokane, Washington.
05/05/42 Departed Felts Field.
25/04/42 Received at Dallas.
11/06/42 Received at Lowry.
27/06/42 Redesignated F-4-1.
02/07/42 Received at Scott Feild.
27/07/42 Received at Lowry.
02/08/42 Received at Colorado Springs.
02/11/42 Received San Francisco (Port of Embarkation).
21/11/42 To SUMAC (Fifth Air Force SWPA)

RAAF History
27/02/43 Allotted to 1 PRU ex USAAF, Eagle Farm, Brisbane.
The Form E/E88 for A55-3 shows "Late 41-2122". *
16/03/43 Arrived Coomalie Creek, NT from Eagle Farm, Brisbane on delivery to 1 PRU. Pilot Flt Lt C.C. Lawrie.
21/03/43 Photo recce of Penfoei (5.00hrs). Pilot Flt Lt W.H.S. Talberg.
End of March 43 Unserviceable with faulty intercoolers.
18/04/43 Photo recce of Penfoei (5.00hrs). Pilot Flt Lt P.B. Sinnott.
20/04/43 Photo recce of Penfoei (4.40hrs). Pilot Flt Lt C.C. Lawrie.
21/04/43 Photo recce of Dili (4.15hrs). Pilot Flt Lt W.H.S. Talberg.
End of April 1943 Unserviceable with leaking intercoolers.
01/05/43 Survey flight of Portuguese Timor, Flt Lt W.H.S. Talberg. Weather unsuitable.
13/05/43 Staged through Groote Eylandt for a survey of Frederick Henry Island and District. Weather unsuitable.
15/05/43 Positioned Coomalie Creek to Groote Eylandt, Sqn Ldr C.C. Lawrie.
16/05/43 Survey of Frederick Henry Island & District. Weather unsuitable.
19/05/43 Returned to Coomalie Creek.
22/05/43 Survey of Kai Island, Flt Lt W.H.S. Talberg. Recalled due unsuitable weather.
24/05/43 Survey of Portuguese Timor, Flt Lt F. Robilliard. Weather unsuitable.
29/05/43 Photo recce of Penfoei, Sqn Ldr C.C. Lawrie.
22/08/43 Received 14 ARD ex 1 PRU for 240 hourly.
14/09/43 Received 1 PRU ex 14 ARD.
20/09/43 Issued 5th Air Force Eagle Farm ex 1 PRU.
26/10/43 Repairs completed at Eagle Farm.
01/11/43 Received 1 PRU ex Eagle Farm.
10/12/43 Landed at Batchelor, N.T. with the undercarriage retracted.
The pilot escaped but the aircraft was extensively damaged in the subsequent fire.
13/12/43 Received by 4 RSU.
26/12/43 Received 14 ARD ex 4 RSU.
10/01/44 Approved for conversion to components.
Remains acquired by the Darwin Aviation Museum.

Highlight for Album: Lightning A55-3  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

N/A F-4-1-LO

L222-62-13

5348 41-2130
USAAF History
01/01/42 Received by USAAF
19/03/42 Received Long Beach
22/03/42 Long Beach.
31/03/42 Received Dallas
18/06/42 Received Lowry (8 PRS)
23/06/42 Received Sacramento Air Depot. 
06/07/42 Received San Francisco (Port of Embarkation). 
15/07/42 SUMAC (Fifth Air Force SWPA) 
12/08/42 Received at Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, Fishermens Bend, Melbourne for erection. 
02/09/42 Delivered ex CAC.
03/09/42 Arrived Townsville on delivery to the 8th PRS. 
Served with the 8th PRS as "Malaria Mabel" with squadron number "30". 
22/10/42 Photographed at 14 Mile, Port Moresby in bare metal with red and white striped rudders in use as a squadron hack.
03/11/42 Condemned by Fifth Air Force, Brisbane. 

RAAF History
08/02/44 Allotted to RAAF by Fifth Air Force HQ along with 41-2139 and 41-2217. 
(Source: NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559) 
31/03/44 Advice from Forward Echelon that three Lightnings are being prepared for flight at Port Moresby. 
(Source: NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559) 
03/04/44 Struck off by USAAF.
21/04/44 Advice from Forward Echelon that three Lightnings will be ferried to 3AD Amberley on or about 30APR44. 
(Source: NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559)
09/05/44 Condemned by Fifth Air Force, Brisbane. 
15/05/44 Lightnings 41-2217 and 41-2156 arrived at Amberley but were rejected by the RAAF owing to their poor condition. 
The third Lightning force landed at Rockhampton but its identity is unknown. 
So, although 41-2130 was allotted to the RAAF, it may not have been delivered. 
Evidently 41-2156 was substituted for either 41-2130 or 41-2139.(Source: NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559) 

USAAF History
26/07/44 Struck off by USAAF.
Highlight for Album: Lightning 41-2130
N/A F-4-1-LO

L222-62-13

5357 41-2139
USAAF History
01/01/42 Received by USAAF
??/03/42 Received Long Beach
06/04/42 Long Beach.
31/03/42 Received Dallas
20/06/42 Received Lowry (8 PRS)
23/06/42 Received Sacramento Air Depot. 
06/07/42 Received San Francisco (Port of Embarkation). 
15/07/42 SUMAC (Fifth Air Force SWPA) 
19/08/42 Received at Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, Fishermens Bend, Melbourne for erection. 
02/09/42 Delivered ex CAC.
03/09/42 Arrived at Townsville on delivery to the 8th PRS. 
Served with the 8th PRS as "Pouting Peggy" with squadron code "39". 
Also carried the name "Doris" on the starboard radiator pod.
13/1/44 Condemned by Fifth Air Force, Brisbane. 

RAAF History
08/02/44 Allotted to RAAF by Fifth Air Force HQ along with 41-2130 and 41-2217. 
(Source: NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559) 
31/03/44 Advice from Forward Echelon that three Lightnings are being prepared for flight at Port Moresby. 
(Source: NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559) 
03/04/44 Struck off by USAAF.
21/04/44 Advice from Forward Echelon that three Lightnings will be ferried to 3AD Amberley on or about 30APR44. 
(Source: NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559)
15/05/44 Lightnings 41-2217 and 41-2156 arrived at Amberley but were rejected by the RAAF owing to their poor condition. 
The third Lightning force landed at Rockhampton but its identity is unknown. 
So, although 41-2130 was allotted to the RAAF, it may not have been delivered. 
Evidently 41-2156 was substituted for either 41-2130 or 41-2139.(Source: NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559) 

USAAF History
26/09/44 Condemned as salvage by Fifth Air Force, Brisbane.
Highlight for Album: Lightning 41-2139
N/A F-4-1-LO

L222-62-13

5374 41-2156 USAAF History
17/01/42 Recieved by USAAF,
18/04/42 Received Long Beach Fighter Command.
20/04/42 Received Lowry (8th PRS)
25/05/42 Received Dallas.
10/06/42 Received Lowry.
23/06/42 Received Sacramento Air Depot.
06/07/42 Received San Francisco (Port of Embarkation).
15/07/42 SUMAC (Fifth Air Force SWPA).
15/08/42 SUMAC (Fifth Air Force SWPA)
19/08/42 Received at Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, Fishermens Bend, Melbourne for erection,
03/09/42 Delivered ex CAC,
04/09/42 Delivered to 8th PRS at Townsville.
Soon after the 8th PRS moved to Port Moresby.
At some stage 41-2156 acquired the name "Limping Lizzie".
In addition to the 8th PRS squadron code "56", the aircraft also carried the number "44" on the nose. The significance of this number is unknown.

RAAF History
16/08/43 Flown from Port Moresby to Turnbull, Milne Bay.
 Lightnings 41-2156 and 41-2220 were both loaned to No 75 Squadron, RAAF by 8th PRS USAAF to provide the squadron with an urgently needed photographic reconnaissance capability.
29/08/43 Test flight.
August to December 1943 Operational use by 75 Sqn, RAAF.

21/12/43 75 Squadron F-4 operations terminated and 41-2156 & 41-2220 were returned to 8th PRS,
08/02/44 Three F-4 Lightnings, 41-2130, 41-2139 and 41-2217 were allotted to RAAF by Fifth Air Force HQ.
31/03/44 Advice from Forward Echelon that three Lightnings are being prepared for flight at Port Moresby.
21/04/44 Advice from Forward Echelon that three Lightnings will be ferried to 3AD Amberley on or about 30APR44,
15/05/44 Lightnings 41-2156 and 41-2217 arrived at Amberley but were rejected by the RAAF owing to their poor condition. The third Lightning force landed at Rockhampton but its identity is unknown. Evidently 41-2156 was substituted for either 41-2130 or 41-2139.
USAAF History
26/09/44 Condemned as salvage by the 5th Air Force.
05/12/44 Struck of by USAAF.

Highlight for Album: Lightning 41-2156

N/A F-4-1-LO

L222-62-13

5435 41-2217
USAAF History
01/02/42 Received by USAAF
03/08/42 Received Long Beach
06/08/42 Long Beach.
19/09/42 Received Colorado Springs
23/09/42 Received Sacramento Air Depot. 
04/10/42 Received SUMAC (Fifth Air Force SWPA) to
04/11/42 SUMAC (Fifth Air Force SWPA)
21/12/42 "Old John G. (Rummy) Foster rejoined us today. 
He almost made the trip yesterday, but got within 40 miles of the coast and was forced to turn back because of a violent tropical storm. 
Something of a record, 5 hr. and 15 min. of flying, and there still remained 216 gallons in the tanks. 
He made it today, arriving at 1415 with ship '2217', a new ship to the squadron, but nevertheless a F-4 of the same undependable quality." 
(Source: "The Eight Ballers" by Stanaway and Rocker quoting from the 8th PRS diary).

RAAF History
08/02/44 Three F-4 Lightnings, 41-2130, 41-2139 and 41-2217 were allotted to RAAF by Fifth Air Force HQ. 
(Source: NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559) 
31/03/44 Advice from Forward Echelon that three Lightnings are being prepared for flight at Port Moresby. 
(Source: NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559) 
21/04/44 Advice from Forward Echelon that three Lightnings will be ferried to 3AD Amberley on or about 30APR44. 
(Source: NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559) 
15/05/44 Lightnings 41-2217 and 41-2156 arrived at Amberley but were rejected by the RAAF owing to their poor condition. 
The third Lightning force landed at Rockhampton but its identity is unknown. 
Evidently 41-2156 was substituted for either 41-2130 or 41-2139.(Source: NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559)
USAAF History
26/09/44 Condemned as salvage by Fifth Air Force, Brisbane.
05/12/44 Struck off by USAAF.
Highlight for Album: Lightning 41-2217
N/A F-4-1-LO

L222-62-13

5438 41-2220 USAAF History
Originally ordered as P-38E, but completed as F-4-1-LO,
01/02/42 Received by USAAF
04/08/42 Received Long Beach
06/08/42 Received Lowry.
19/09/42 Received Colorado Springs
04/10/42 Received Sacramento Air Depot.
29/11/42 "Lt. Thomas arrived at noon from the mainland in a replacement ship, F-4 "2220". The ship, which somebody back in the States was kind enough to send us, was one of the old model ships and had been used for training back home. It is in such bad shape that a 100-hour inspection is needed immediately." (Source: "The Eight Ballers" by Stanaway and Rocker quoting from the diary of the 8th PRS). It is not known if the aircraft was given a name.
08/01/43 Lt. V.E. Murphy of 8th PRS flying "2220" on a mapping mission discovered a Japanese destroyer and freighter between Lae and Salamaua. (Source: "The Eight Ballers" by Stanaway and Rocker quoting from the diary of the 8th PRS).

RAAF History
Loaned to RAAF 75 Sqn from 08/43 until the end of December 1943.
12/08/43 Familiarisation on type at Port Moresby by FLGOFF P.B. Jones, 75 Sqn RAAF.
13/08/43 Familiarisation on type at Port Moresby by FLGOFF P.B. Jones, 75 Sqn RAAF.
14/08/43 Familiarisation on type at Port Moresby by FLGOFF P.B. Jones, 75 Sqn RAAF.
16/08/43 Flown from Port Moresby to Turnbull, Milne Bay by Flt. Lt. Buster Brown on delivery to No 75 Squadron RAAF on loan from 8th PRS (in company with 41-2156).
August to December 1943 Operational use by 75 Sqn, RAAF.
21/12/43 75 Squadron F-4 operations terminated and 41-2156 & 41-2220 were returned to 8th PRS
USAAF History
26/09/44 Condemned as salvage by 5th Air Force. 09/04/46 Struck off by USAAF.

Highlight for Album: Lightning 41-2220

     

The Authors of this page are Darren Crick and Brendan Cowan with special assistance from Ron Cuskelly & Gordon Birkett

Source: Aircraft Status Cards from National Archives of Australia, Australia's Military Aircraft, Website: The Lockheed Files, Aircraft Status Cards, www.joebaugher.com , www.adastron.com ,

Emails: Ron Cuskelly, Richard Faulkner, Gordon Birkett,

Many thanks to Ron Cuskelly for the assistance preparing and updating this page and very generously sharing his research from www.adastron.com .

Updated 29 June 2015

     

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