Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacifci and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force. No known nose art or nickname.
Crashed into the hard coral limestone that forms the the northern hills of Biak.
"According to locals, the pilot of this P-39 bailed out successfully
over northern Biak. Then, his aircraft
crashed into the limestone hills. Several M2 Brownings are
still on site as well as parts of the smashed Allison engine,
armor plate and undercarriage parts. Trekking out to this
aircraft took several hours in monsoon conditions. It was
here that I slipped and cut my leg on a coral outcrop.
This wound, although small soon developed into the early stages
of a tropical ulcer and it did not heal properly until
I got back to the UK. Moral: Do not wear shorts in the jungle!"
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January 9, 2018