Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled. This Airacobra was armed with a 20mm cannon.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 36th Fighter Squadron. Nose letter Q. Nicknamed "Air-A-Cutie" with a nude woman on each side of the nose. The spinner, a circular ring around the nose and tip of the tail were all painted white. This aircraft operated in New Guinea. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
Gordon Birkett / ADF-Serials adds:
"My bias is towards aircraft being a P-39Q not the P-39D-1 41-28267 often quoted, as I consider this as being in error."
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January 31, 2018