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Missing Man

P-38's Missing Man Formation flown above the Imperial Plaza, Occupied Japan.
During these years, the missing man formation was rarely flown. It was reserved for very special military
occasions only and not flown in pubic in the US until the 1950's. It is British in origin and originally the
formation was simply to indicate to the ground crew which member of a squadron would not be returning.

I believe the first time the formation was ever flown, as a gesture, was by the RAF for the funeral of the Red Baron.

 

Created by Ann Jamison in loving memory of Lt. Col. Anne Marie Doering.