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5th AF

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Elliot Smock 2000

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
Crashed into the hard coral limestone that forms the the northern hills of Biak.

Elliot Smock reports:
"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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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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