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  P-39F Airacobra Serial Number ?  
USAAF
5th AF
8th FG
35th FS

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8th FG c1942

Pilot  Lt. Arthur "Art" Andres (survived)
Crashed  May 28, 1942
MACR  none

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 35th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On May 28, 1942 took off from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby at 07:50am on a mission to intercept A6M2 Zeros of the Tainan Kōkūtai over Port Moresby. During the combat, Andres was shot down and bailed out and returned to duty.

References
Previosly, Andres had been shot down previously piloting P-39D 41-6930, and returned to duty on May 27, 1942. The next morning, he flew took off piloting this Airacobra and was shot down again.
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39 Airacobra piloted by Lt. Andres 28 May 1942
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information

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February 4, 2018

 

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