Built at Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the US Army on July 31, 1942,
at the cost of $48,673. Disassembled and shipped overseas during August 1942 to Fiji and reassembled.
This Airacobra was briefly based in Fiji.
Later, assigned to the 35th Fighter Group, 39th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Operated from Narewa
Airfield on Woodlark
On March 18, 1943 suffered a structural failure at Narewa
Airfield causing the the nose wheel to collapse, killing Sgt.
Frank H. Cranston who was completing a ground check on the plane.
The wreckage was converted to components and parts used as spares
for other aircraft. Striped down to the fuselage and abandoned in the bone yard at Narewa
Airfield. The fuselage had no engine, engine covers, cockpit doors or perspex in the canopy.
During 1982, purchased and recovered by Robert
Jarrett. Transported to Australia to the Classic
Restored for static display using the wings of P-39D 42-4368
to make a complete
aircraft. Displayed at the Classic
Joe Baugher "Bell P-39K Airacobra"
Airacobra Advantage by Rick Mitchell
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January 9, 2018