42-12847 rolled out of Lockheed’s Burbank, California, plant in 1942 and was shipped to the South West Pacific Area to be reassembled and join the fight. Upon arrival, it was assigned to the US Army Air Force’s 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, 39th Fighter Squadron - Cobra in the Clouds. Christened Dumbo by its pilot First Lt John C. Dunbar, who also painted its nose art, it was assigned number 37 and flew combat missions over New Guinea - a strategic island for both the Allies and Japanese forces. On September 2, 1943, Dumbo force landed at Terapo Airfield. Pilot Lt. Hamilton Laing was unhurt, but Dumbo remained where it landed for decades.
In 1980, part of Dumbo’s hulk was recovered and has since been added to 42-12647, A P-38F “Dottie from Brooklyn,” which is currently undergoing restoration. In 2002, the remainder of 42-12847 was salvaged and is also currently undergoing restoration.
Through our shared effort to celebrate and preserve aviation history, Pima Air & Space Museum and MotoArt have worked together to use the original skin material removed during the restoration process, to create a tangible piece of history you can hold, collect and treasure. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these P-38 PlaneTags will directly benefit Pima so they can continue their mission to preserve historic aircraft and warbirds.
The Lockheed P-38 Lightning PlaneTags tell the amazing story of Dumbo, and of the ingenuity and spirit of the engineers and pilots alike. Add one of our special, limited edition PlaneTags to your collection today.