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  P-39F-1-BE Airacobra Serial Number 41-7271  
USAAF
5th AF
35th FG
39th FS

Pilot   Lt. Robert G. Rose (survived)
Crash Landed  June 6, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 15B-6. Delivered to the U.S. Army on December 23, 1941. Disassembled, this aircraft was one of twelve shipped aboard the SS Hawaiian Merchant overseas to Australia arriving on February 22, 1942 and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, 39th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
Took off from 12 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Rose. Suffered a landing accident and was written off at the airfield. Officially condemned on October 31, 1944.

References
After this incident, Rose survived the crash of another P-39 Airacobra on June 25, 1942.
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39 Airacobra 41-7271
Thanks to Gordon Burkett / ADF Serials for aircraft history.
Joe Baugher's USAF Aircraft Serial Number incorrectly lists for P-39F 41-7121: "hit parked automobile on landing and DBR Mar 7, 1942 at Paine Field, WA"

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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