|Pilot 2nd Lt Richard D. Kimball, O-661329 (survived)
Crashed April 12, 1943
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, 41st Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On April 12, 1943 took off from Port Moresby to intercept attacking Japanese aircraft. Shot down to the north of Port Moresby. Kimball bailed out and became tangled in a tree, until friendly natives assisted him. He returned to his squadron eight days later.
Fighter Cover, May 16, 1943:
"On landing, his parachute became tangled in a tree, and he hung there, trapped and helpless until friendly natives came to his rescue. For eight days, he walked up and down the mountains, guided by the natives who made it a practice not to follow along streams or level terrain."
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39D Airacobra 42-38402
41st FS History
"Fighter Cover" May 16, 1943 for account of Kimball's return
Last Major Japanese Air Raid Over Port Moresby Operation I-Go: April 12, 1943
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February 4, 2018