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  P-39L Airacobra Serial Number 42-4637 Tail 61
13th AF

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Patrick Saccard 2007

Pilot  2nd Lt Maurice G. Henderson, O-730483 (KIA)
Crashed  January 12, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, unit unknown. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On January 12, 1943 one of two Airacobras that took off from New Caledonia on a training flight over the central mountain range. Both were lost, this aircraft and P-39K 42-4393.

Henderson was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Grave details unknown, likely buried in a private cemetery in the United States. A memorial plaque at the former town hall at Nouméa commemorates this loss. Also, the engine is displayed.

Thanks to Gordon Burket / ADF Serials for serial confirmation
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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