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Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 18324. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-39N-1-BE Airacobra serial number 42-18408. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force. No known nickname or nose art.
This Airacobra was abandoned at Tsili-Tsili Airfield.
Until September 1973, this Airacobra remained in situ.
Recovery & Storage
During September 1973, recovered by Monty Armstrong for David Tallichet / Yesterday's Air Force (MARC) and exported to the United States. Until at least 1988, this Airacobra was stored at Chino Airport. Whereabouts today unknown.
USAF Serial Number Search Results. - P-39N-1-BE Airacobra 42-18408
"18408 recovered 1974 from Tsili Tsili, Papua New Guinea. Reported at Yesterday's Air Force, Chino, CA 1974-1993."
Warbirds Resource Group (WRG) P-39 AIRACOBRA/42-18408
Thanks to Charles Darby for additional information
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