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, 35th Fighter Group, 41st Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. Assigned to pilot 1st Lt. Harold L. Nus.
On August 15, 1943 Nus claimed a Japanese bomber shot down, his sole victory of the war. Unknown if flying this aircraft or another.
Ultimate fate of this AIracobra is unknown, not lost in combat or accident, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
Alvin E. Nus (brother of Harold Nus)
"I believe he received the DFC, several Air Medals, Purple Heart, etc. He was severely wounded by shrapnel while scrambling to get to his plane during a surprise Japanese bombing attack and was very lucky to survive. He recovered in Australia and was discharged as a Major, with partial disability. He completed his education after the war, earning a BSME at the University of Missouri. He and a friend, Emmett Stewart, founded S & N Pump Co in Houston, TX, which is still in business. Harold died in Houston, May 21, 1982, a couple months before his 62nd birthday."
USAF Victory Credits Harold L. Nus
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January 31, 2018