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  P-39F-1-BE Airacobra Serial Number A53-5  
RAAF
24 Squadron

Pilot  F/O Herbert Charles Nette, 400728 (KIA / BR) Yackandandah, VIC
Crashed  October 26, 1942


Aircraft History
Built by Bell with Constructor's Number 15B-49. Assigned U. S. Army serial number 41-7164.Disassembled and shipped overseas.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Airacobra serial number A53-5. On July 27, 1942 reassembled by 2 Aircraft Depot (2 AD) . On August 2, 1942 assigned to 24 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On October 26, 1942 took off on a non-operational practice air combat flight. This aircraft crashed approximately one mile west of Bankstown Airfield. Nette was killed in the crash.

Memorials
Nette was offficially declared dead the day of the mission. He is buried at the Yackandandah Cemetery in Victoria at C of E Plot, Sec A, Grave ?.

References
Airacobra A53 [Accidents] (NAA: A9845, 89)
CWGC - Herbert Charles Nette
ADF Serials - Airacobra A53-5
RAAFDB - Airacobra A53-5
Australia @ War - Crash of a P-39 Airacobra at Bankstown 26 October 1942
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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