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  P-39Q-1-BE Airacobra Serial Number 42-19484  
7th AF
15th FG
? FS

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circa December 1943
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Aircraft History
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Assigned to the U.S. Army. Disassembled and shipped to Hawaii and reassembled.

Assigned 7th Air Force, 318th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 72nd Reconnaissance Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. On the left cockpit door was painted a pin up girl. On the right side was a single Japanese flag indicating a victory claim.

Frantisek Sredl adds:
"The kill mark refers to those possible pilots for the crash Airacobra: Jim Snyder, George Farina, John Thames or James H. Carlyle. Those 72nd FS pilots had have confirmed victory with Airacobra over Makin Atoll. Pilot Jim Van Nada fought on P-39 "Sad Sack" 42-19510".

Wartime History
Operated from Makin Airfield (Butaritari) during the middle of December 1943 until late April 1944.

Circa December to April 1944, belly landed gear up at Makin Airfield (Butaritari), damaging the propeller. Possibly, repaired afterwards.

Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Thanks to Frantisek Sredl for additional information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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