Sacramento Air Depot.
SUMAC (Fifth Air Force SWPA) to
(Fifth Air Force SWPA).
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 8PRS diary).
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)
from Forward Echelon that three Lightnings are being prepared for
flight at Port Moresby. (Source: NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559)
from Forward Echelon that three Lightnings will be ferried to 3AD
Amberley on or about 30APR44. (Source: NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559)
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)
as salvage by Fifth Air Force, Brisbane.
off by USAAF.