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  P-39N-1-BE Airacobra Serial Number 42-18408  
USAAF
5th AF

Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force. No known nickname or nose art.

Wartime History
This Airacobra was abandoned at Tsili-Tsili Airfield.

Wreckage
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.

References
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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Last Updated
June 29, 2019

 

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