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|Pilot 1st Lt. Lawrence R. McKulla (survived) WA
Crashed January 26, 1943
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-39 Airacobra model and serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 18th Fighter Group, 70th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
Patrolling off Choiseul at roughly Lat 7° 30' S, Long 157° 40' E, the Airacobras spotted a Japanese flying boat, H6K Mavis piloted by Kira and made a single firing pass against it from below that damaging the hull and wounded several aboard and killed the tail gunner.
Six escorting A6M Zeros from the 252 Kokutai failed to noticed their low approach and after their pass dove down to intercept the pair of Airacobras. During the dogfight, Fiedler claimed one "Zero Mark 2" (A6M3 Hamp) shot down south off Wagina Island to the east of Choiseul Island and managed to escape. McCulla was shot down by one of the Zeros but managed to successfully bailed out and landed safely in the sea.
Fate of the Pilot
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