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  P-39F-1-BE Airacobra Serial Number 41-7165  
USAAF
5th AF
35th FG
39th FS

Pilot  Major Jack W. Berry, O-22515 (MIA / KIA) OR
Crashed  August 4, 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
Arrived in Australia and assembled. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, 39th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On August 4, 1942 took off from Port Moresby and crashed into sea approximately a half mile from Fishermans Island (Daugo). Possibly, this Airacobra was conducting bombing tests. The reason for the crash is unknown, possibly due to mechanical problems. This aircraft was officially condemned October 31, 1944.

Memorials
Berry was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Also, the Port Moresby airfield 12-Mile Drome (Bomana) was renamed "Berry Drome" in his honor.

References
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jack W. Berry

FindAGrave - Maj Jack W Berry
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39D Airacobra 41-7165
History of 39th Pursuit Squadron, page 54

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
P-39

MIA
MIA
1 Missing

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