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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 Air Force (USAAF) as P-39F-1-BE Airacobra serial number 41-7165. 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 piloted by Major Jack W. Berry on a mission. This Airacobra crashed into sea approximately approximately a half mile off Fishermans Island (Daugo). The reason for the crash is unknown, possibly due to mechanical problems. Possibly, this Airacobra was conducting bombing tests. Administratively, 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
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-39F-1-BE Airacobra 41-7165
"7165 condemned Oct 31, 1944"
History of 39th Pursuit Squadron, page 54
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jack W. Berry
FindAGrave - Maj Jack W Berry
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39D Airacobra 41-7165

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Last Updated
December 18, 2018

 

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