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  P-39N-5-BE Airacobra Serial Number 42-18813  
5th AF
71st TRG
110th TRS

Pilot  1st Lt. Gabriel J. Eggud, O-669878 (MIA / KIA) Queens, NY
MIA  July 6, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-39N-5-BE Airacobra serial number 42-18813. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 110th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Wartime History
On July 6, 1944 took off from Tadji Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Gabriel J. Eggud armed with a bomb on a mission against Wewak. While making a bombing run at approximately 110' altitude, its bomb exploded blowing off both wings and causing this Airacobra to crash over Wewak.
When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Eggud was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Gabriel J. Eggud

USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-39N-5-BE Airacobra 42-18813
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39N Airacobra 42-18813
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Gabriel J. Eggud
FindAGrave - 1Lt Gabriel J Eggud (tablets of the missing photo)

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Last Updated
July 6, 2019


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