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  P-39N Airacobra Serial Number ?  
USAAF
5th AF
35th FG
41st FS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Frank J. Topolcany, O-667875 (KIA / BR)
Crashed  August 15, 1943
MACR  none

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, 41st Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On August 15, 1943 took off from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby on a escort mission over Tsili-Tsili. Intercepted a formation of Ki-48 Lilys over the Marilianan. Topolcany was firing in an enemy bomber from the rear and cause it to catch fire and crash. Topolcany was evidently seriously wounded, because he followed the bomber into the ground and crashed about 200' [from it?]

Wreckage
The crash site of this Airacobra was found and his remains were recovered.

Memorials
Topolcany was officially declared dead the day of the mission. His grave details are unknown, he is presumed to be buried in a private cemetery in the United States.

References
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39 Airacobra piloted by Topolcany
41st Fighter Squadron Diary (August 15, 1943)
Note: Despite the diary's description of a bomber shot down by Topolcany, there is no claim listed for Topolcany in the USAF Aerial Victory Credits
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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