“Miss Virginia” was the personal aircraft of Robert Petit of the 70th Fighter Squadron, 349th Fighter Group. On April 18th, 1943, it was borrowed by Lieutenant Rex Barber for a special mission. The task ot this mission was destroying the airplane that carried Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the most important person of the Japanese Armed Forces and architect of the Pearl Harbor attack.
Thanks to Yamamoto´s tendency to be on time, the mission was a success and Barber, together with Captain Thomas Lanphier, shared the kill that brought down Yamamoto.
Barber´s P-38 had over 100 holes, suffering damage from Yamamoto´s stricken bomber (a Mitsubishi G4M model 11).
The kill marks symbolize a destroyer sunk on March 29 1943, and two Nakajimas A6M2-N “Rufe” floatplanes downed on February 27 1943.
The aircraft was named after Petit´s fiancée, Miss Virginia Woodward.