|Pilot 2nd Lt Harry F. Harrison Jr. O-671650 (MIA / KIA) TX
MIA May 21, 1944 at 8:00am
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned 5th Air Force, 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 82nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on November 24, 1943. Assigned to Lt. William A. Shomo with crew chief Ralph Winkle of Milwaukee. Nicknamed "Snooks" and painted in yellow on the right side on the nose. This aircraft was one of six that bore this nickname.
In late November, 1943 operated from Horanda Airfield near Dobodura. On January 1, 1944 this Airacobra had an engine change, performed by crew chief Ralph Winkle and MSgt W. E. Ursprung.
On March 12, 1944, this Airacobra made a belly landing on marston matting. Afterwards, repaired and returned to flying. When lost, engine V-1710-85 serial number 42-98196. Weapon serial numbers noted in the Missing Air Crew Report (MACR).
On May 21, 1944 took off from Saidor Airfield on a mission to strafe anti-aircraft positions in the Hansa Bay area. Last seen preparing to make a pass at several huts on Awar Point at about 0800 hours. Last seen three miles from the target, heading inland.
On May 22, 1944, a search was conducted over a fifty mile radius from Awar Point by 18 Airacobras from the 82nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, but no trace of pilot or plane was found.
Harrison was officially declared dead on February 7, 1946. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
History 82RS Frame 357 A0912
RAAF Position approximately 04.07-144.52. Last sighted one mile out to sea NE Awar Point.
M/Sgt. W.E. Ursprung Journal
January 1 - NEW YEARS DAY - worked all day changing engine on S/Sgt. Winkle's plane "Snooks". Lt. Shomo was his pilot.
May 21 - Lt. Harris failed to return from morning mission. Shot down over Hansa Bay. He was flying S/Sgt Winkles ship 'Snooks".
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39Q Airacobra 42-20351
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February 4, 2018