Re: 43-28258 Lt. Griffin, John Robert Calhoun MARC 7003
It looks like I may be about three years late in discovering this site and this thread. I can't add much, but every little bit. . . . 43-28258 was renamed "Carolina" after it was assigned to LT Griffin. I have seen only one black and white photo in which any of the aircraft was showing; apparently it had a map of South Carolina and the word "Carolina" as nose art. I think that there may have been a star at the approximate location of Anderson, Griffin's home town.
Griffin's body was buried near where he had crashed by a Romanian farmer. After the war, it must have been located by Graves Registration Service. LT Griffin's body was then identified by his brother, LTC Louis G. Griffin and returned to Silverbrook Cemetery in Anderson, South Carolina.
An eyewitness account of his death is found on the official crash report and reads: "Lt. Griffin’s plane was attacked by 5 F190s from 5 o’clock. He turned into them then the P-38 J was hit in right engine and the right wing caught fire and then broke off. The plane crashed from 200 ft and exploded. Lt. Griffin attempted to bail out but was unable to."
Hope this is of some help; if you've got more, I'd love to see it.
John L. Hare