Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number BW174 and painted in a three-color camouflage scheme. Instead, delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, 41st Fighter Squadron. Nose number
174 painted in yellow on both sides of the nose. No nickname, with nose art of an bird holding a bomb was painted on the right side of the nose.
This Airacobra was flown from Australia to New Guinea. Operated from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby during the middle of August 1942 and photographed by Australian correspondent Damien Parer.
This Airacobra was officially condemned on November 23, 1942. Not lost in combat or accident, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
Joe Baugher "Airacobra I for RAF, P-400"
Thanks to Erick Kyro and Edward Rogers for additional information.
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January 9, 2018