|Pilot 2nd Lt. Charles L Cobb, O-430786 (survived)
Crashed August 31, 1942
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number AP378 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, 8th Fighter Group, 80th Fighter Squadron. Nose letter L. No known nose art or nickname.
On July 4, 1942 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Cobb on a mission to escort B-26 Marauders from the 22nd Bombardment Group. Cobb successfully bailed out approximately 30 miles north (or 30 miles northwest of Yodda). This Airacobra crashed near Kosipe. Afterwards, this aircraft was officially condemned on September 3, 1944.
Fate of the Pilot
Cobb survived the bail out unhurt. He was found by friendly natives and returned to duty a month later. Reportedly he weighed 88 pounds when he returned to his squadron.
RAAF Survey of Aircraft Wreckage in Papua and New Guinea 1961 - Lat 8.31 Long 147.20
Joe Baugher "Airacobra I for RAF, P-400"
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January 5, 2018