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  P-39N-5-BE Airacobra Serial Number 42-18811  
5th AF
35th FG
41st FS

Aircraft History
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, 41st Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Operated in New Guinea. Abandoned at Tsili-Tsili Airfield.

Until 1973, this Airacobra remained in situ in a saksak swamp near Tsili-Tsili Airfield.

During September 1973, recovered by Monty Armstrong for Yesterday's Air Force.

Exported to the United States and stored at Yesterday's Air Force / Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation (MARC) at Chino Airport until at least 1988. Location today unknown.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-39N-5-BE Airacobra 42-18811
"18811 recovered 1974 from Tsili Tsili, Papua New Guinea. To Yesterday's Air Force, Chino, CA 1974-1993"
Warbird Resource Group (WRG) P-39 Airacobra 42-18811

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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