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  P-39D-15-BE Airacobra Serial Number 41-6909  
USAAF
5th AF
8th FG
36th FS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Joseph S. Lovett, Jr., O-430933 (KIA, BR) Columbus, OH
Crashed  May 3, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 80th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On May 3, 1942 one of ten Airacobras that took off to intercept two groups of Japanese G3M2 Nell bombers with six bombers in each "V" formation. After attacking the formation at 9:00am, this Airacobra was last seen in a terminal dive. Lovett was killed in the crash.

Recovery of Remains
After the crash, a portion of Lovett's remains were recovered and postwar transported to the United States for permenant burial.

Memorials
Lovett was declared dead the day of the mission. He earned the Silver Star and Purple Heart, postumously.

References
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39D Airacobra 41-6909
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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