Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number BW157 and painted in a three-color camouflage scheme. Instead, delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assembled in New Caledonia and assigned to the 13th Air Force, 347th Fighter Group, 67th Pursuit Squadron (later designated 67th Fighter Squadron).
Painted with dark green upper surfaces and sky blue lower surfaces with the squadron's "sharks mouth" markings on the nose. No known nose art or nickname.
Later, this Airacobra was flown to Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. This aircraft flew combat missions in the Solomons, then was abandoned and larger buried near Henderson Field.
During the middle 1970s, this aircraft was excavated and transported to the Betikama
School, on top of a set of (identity unknown) P-39N
wings for display purposes. The
wreckage includes an intact center fuselage, wings and Allison engine.
The tail is broken up and displayed behind the wreckage.
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page
it also had USAAF serial number 40-6662(?)
Joe Baugher "Airacobra I for RAF, P-400"
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January 31, 2018