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  L-4B Grasshopper Serial Number 43-1182  
5th AF
345th BG
498th BS

Aircraft History
Built by Piper. Delivered to the U. S. Army.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, Fighter replacement pool at at 3 Mile Drome (Kila) near Port Moresby. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On August 6, 1943 pilot Cornelius M. "Corky" Smith, Jr. was taxing at 3 Mile Drome (Kila) near Port Moresby at 11:15am this aircraft accidentally taxied into a tractor while avoiding a P-40 Warhawk taxing towards it. Smith did not see a grading machine and the leading edge impacted it causing damage. Afterwards, repaired. Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped.

Accident Report 44-8-5-508 6 August 1943 AFHRA 46235

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Last Updated
July 1, 2019


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