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  P-39F-1-BE Airacobra Serial Number 41-7171 Nose S
5th AF
41st FS
35th FG

Former Assignments
8th FG
36th FS

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, 36th Fighter Squadron. Nose letter "S". No known nose art or nickname. This aircraft operated from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby.

Next, assigned to the 35th Fighter Group, 41st Fighter Squadron, still bearing the nose letter S. No known nose art or nickname.

Sometime prior to July 1942, this Airacobra force landed wheels up at 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby. The landing bent back the propeller blades.

Afterwards, this aircraft was moved to the bone yard area near the fuselage of a 22nd Bombardment Group B-26 Marauder with striped markings and were photographed by pilot Jessie Hague. Officially, this aircraft was condemned on October 31, 1944.

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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