|Pilot 2nd Lt. Gerald R. McAlarney, O-797689 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crashed January 23, 1944
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army, serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 39th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On January 23, 1944 took off on a combat mission over Uligan Harbor. At 8:45am, while strafing a Japanese barge, McAlarney turned to the right and his wingtip struck a tree causing it to cartwheel and crash into Uligan Harbor nose first.
McAlarney was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39 Airacobra piloted by McAlarney
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January 5, 2018