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  P-39D-15-BE Airacobra Serial Number 41-6945  
5th AF
8th FG
35th FS

Pilot  Lt. Hervey Carpenter (survived)
Crashed  May 13, 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, 35th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On May 13, 1942 one of six P-39s from 35th Fighter Squadron that took off from Port Moresby at approximately 12:00 to intercept incoming A6M2 Zeros of the Tainan Kōkūtai. Several Zeros were hit, but no results were observed. Carpenter's aircraft was damaged and he bailed, his Airacobra crashed in the Redscar area, possibly on a mud flat, 25 miles northwest of Port Moresby. This aircraft was officially condemned on November 30,1944.

Carpenter landed unhurt and was unhurt and returned to Port Moresby and duty the next day.

PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39 Airacobra piloted by Lt. Carpenter
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information.

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018


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