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|Pilot 1st Paul P. Swanson, O-725816 (MIA / KIA / BR) MN
Crashed February 16, 1944 at 10:35am
After dropping the leaflets from 100', Lt. Swanson turned left towards the coast and started to descend in the vicinity of five to seven miles west of Madang and a little south of Madang Airfield in the vicinity of Ulugum plantation, while dropping pamphlets at low level from 100', this Airacobra was observed to crash into trees and exploded on impact, causing a huge fire.
It is believed pamphlets blocked the air intake scoop, causing the engine to cut out or stall, then crash. The crash was observed by 2nd Lt. Jesse L. McNeill piloting another Airacobra, who circled the crash site then immediately returned to base to report the loss.
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