|Pilot 1st Lt. Carl T. Rauch, O-428228 (survived)
Crashed June 18, 1942
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number BX146 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, 39th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On June 18, 1942 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Rauch on a mission to intercept incoming Japanese aircraft. Although this aircraft was last seen north of Port Moresby, accompanying P-400 Airacobra AP361 piloted by Lt Green, it was not seen to be hit by enemy fire, or crash.
Fate of the Pilot
In fact, Rauch bailed out near the Vanapa River and landed unhurt. He returned to duty on June 22, 1942.
Joe Baugher "Airacobra I for RAF, P-400"
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39 (P-400) Airacobra BX169
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January 5, 2018