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  P-39D-BE Airacobra Serial Number A53-12  
RAAF
82 Squadron

Former Assignments
23 Squadron
24 Squadron
83 Squadron

Pilot  F/O Reginald Charles Barlow, 403998 (WIA)
Force Landed  July 1, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Bell with Constructor's Number 15-283. Assigned US Army Air Force (USAAF) Serial Number 41-6944.

Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on August 17, 1942, when it was received by No 23 Squadron. Received by 83 Squadron on February 26, 1943. Received by 24 Squadron on April 15, 1943 where it carried the fuselage codes GR-T. Received by 82 Squadron on June 21, 1943.

Mission History
On July 1, 1943 took off on a mock interception when it suffered an engine failure at approximately 10:30 hours and force landed at Bulli, NSW. The pilot was seriously injured in the crash.

Aircraft Displayed
A composite aircraft is currently on display at the Classic Jets Fighter Museum in the markings of A53-12 while it was serving with No 24 Squadron.

References
Airacobra A53 [Accidents] (NAA: A9845, 89)
ADF Serials - Airacobra A53-12
WW2 Nominal Roll - Reginald Charles Barlow
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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