|Pilot 2nd Lt Carl H Gilpatrick, O-797667 (KIA) Dover, NH
Crashed February 6, 1944
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army, serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 110th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On February 6, 1944 took off on a combat mission. Over the target, this aircraft flew through heavy anti-aircraft fire, and may have been damaged. Returning, this P-39 crashed in the vicinity of Gusap Airfield No. 2 (Fighter Strip).
Richard Labrie (nephew of Gilpatrick)
"This means so much to me. Carl was my favorite Uncle but my Mentor. I was only 10 years old when he was killed. I will never forget the day my Mom, his Sister, go the Telegram telling us he was shot down in New Guinea. My Uncle was sent home to Dover, New Hampshire and buried with his Folks, (my Grandparents), Elisabeth & Jasper Gilpatric. I remember the day at the wake, he was in a very large steel and brass casket. Very sad Dad. Gramp never really go over losing Carl."
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39N Airacobra piloted by Gilpatrick
Thanks to Richard Labrie for additional information
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February 4, 2018