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43-28258 Lt. Griffin, John Robert Calhoun MARC 7003

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43-28258 Lt. Griffin, John Robert Calhoun MARC 7003

Hi, I am looking for any information regarding this pilot.  Can anyone help?
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Re:43-28258 Lt. Griffin, John Robert Calhoun MARC 7003 2011/03/18 05:57:51 (permalink)
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ACTIVITY DURING WWII
PILOT OF P-38 LIGHTNING IN 97TH FIGHTER SQUADRON, 82ND FIGHTER GROUP BASED IN ITALY. KILLED OVER PLOESTI, ROMANIA, JULY 22, 1944. AWARDED PURPLE HEART, DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS AND AIR MEDAL WITH 8 CLUSTERS.
source: http://www.wwiimemorial.com/registry/search/pframe.asp?HonoreeID=1668090&popcount=93&tcount=120

ID: 0-449948
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Hometown: Anderson County, SC
Status: KIA
Plane had been numbered 51 named Pat III while assigned to Oliver B "Obie" Taylor 49FS, 14FG, [class="pfont1"]Hometown: Anderson County, SC
HOMETOWN, Anderson, SC, HONORED BY, John L. Hare, Nephew, PILOT OF P-38 LIGHTNING IN 97TH FIGHTER SQUADRON, 82ND FIGHTER GROUP BASED IN ITALY. KILLED OVER PLOESTI, ROMANIA, JULY 22, 1944. AWARDED PURPLE HEART, DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS AND AIR MEDAL WITH 8 CLUSTERS. Location, 15 Mi E Of Zilistea A/D, Rumania., Point Of Departure, Vincenzo # 11, Italy

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Source: http://raf-112-squadron.org/82ndfghonor_roll.html
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Re:43-28258 Lt. Griffin, John Robert Calhoun MARC 7003 2011/04/14 13:32:41 (permalink)
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Thanks so much!
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Re: 43-28258 Lt. Griffin, John Robert Calhoun MARC 7003 2014/12/06 10:28:30 (permalink)
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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.
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John L. Hare
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