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  P-63C-5-BE Kingcobra Serial Number 44-4368  
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307 or 308 iap

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c1980s

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Peter Arnold 2003

Aircraft History
Built by Bell. Ferried from Buffalo, NY across the United States and Canada to Alaska, then to Sibera via the ALSIB (Alaska-Siberia) route.

Wartime History
Likely assigned to the 307 iap or 308 iap. Used during the Soviet "August Storm" offensive against against the Japanese during August 1945.

Postwar
Remained in service with the Soviet Pacific Fleet until the early 1950s, the were abandoned.

Wreckage
Abandoned in the Kurile Islands probably around Kataoka Airfield on Shumshu Island.

Recovery
Dismantled and recovered by the Hunt brothers in 2003.

Peter Arnold adds:
"Typically ‘bruised’ by nearly 60 years of exposure to the elements, passing ‘militia’ and local peasants salvaging fittings, the aircraft however had been parked on their undercarriage, and are not crash remains. Professionally dismantled in Russia, strategic heavy components are in remarkably good condition and the structures bode well for future restoration to quality static or flight status."

One airframe is earmarked for a proposed local museum and the others will be placed on the Warbird market in due course.

References
Thanks to Daniel Hunt and Peter Arnold for additional information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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