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  P-39 Airacobra Serial Number ?  (Rogers No. 2)
USAAF
5th AF

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John Douglas 1995

Aircraft History
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF). Fighter Group and Fighter Squadron unknown but likely operated from Port Moresby. No known nose art, nickname or markings. Sometime between the middle of 1942 or late 1943 this aircraft force landed or was abandoned at 30 Mile Drome (Rogers Drome) near Port Moresby.

Wreckage
This Airacobra remained in situ at 30 Mile Drome (Rogers Drome). By the middle of the 1990s this aircraft was partially scrapped. Sometime in the late 1990's this aircraft and P-39 Airacobra (Rogers No. 1) were being trucked to Port Moresby to be scrapped but were intercepted by Papua New Guinea (PNG) authorities.

Display

Instead, both fuselages were transported to the PNG Museum and displayed until 2001.

Export
During 2001, this fuselage was taken from the PNG Museum plus P-39 Airacobra (Rogers No. 1) and other aircraft parts were placed into a container by '75 Squadron' and shipped to Australia. Since 2001 to the present day, this Airacobra is stored outdoors on property owned by Bruno Carnovale outside Melbourne.

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Last Updated
July 21, 2019

 

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