|Pilot 1st Lt. Harold J. Chivers, O-431858 (MIA / KIA) OR
MIA May 4, 1942
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 35th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On May 4, 1942 took off from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Chivers at 9:25am on a mission to intercept incoming Japanese aircraft in the vicinity of Port Moresby. During the mission, this Airacobra was shot down and crashed. Officially condemned on October 31, 1944.
Chivers was declared dead on December 14, 1945. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Missing Air Crew Report 16440 (MACR 16440) was created retroactively and covers 3 pilots in the same report: [P-39F 41-7145] Talbot, [P-39F 41-7207] Chivers and [P-39D 41-6825] Hooker.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)
- Harold J. Chivers
FindAGrave - 1Lt Harold J Chivers
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39 Airacobra piloted by Chivers
Attack & Conquer pages 47, 311
Eagles of the Southern Sky pages 58-59
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional research and analysis
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January 5, 2018