June 25, Greenwood, Miss. / Lockheed P-38 Lightning


At about 09:20 central time, a Lockheed P-38L-5LD made an emergency landing in a field due to a fire in the left engine in the vicinity of Greenwood. The pilot was not injured. The pilot said he was on approach to Greenwood-Leflore Airport when the left engine backfired and started running roughly. The cockpit filled with smoke. Due to the cockpit visibility, he over flew the airport, and conducted an emergency, gear-up landing in a field about five miles west of the airport. Post-crash examination revealed the smoke and flames emanated from the left engine turbocharger.


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