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June 9. 1942
|Pilot 2nd Lt Frank E. Angier, O-428461 (survived)
Crashed July 20, 1942
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-39D-15-BE Airacobra serial number 41-6783. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group (8th FG), Headquarters Squadron. Later, assigned to the 35th Fighter Group (35th FG), 39th Fighter Squadron (39th FS). No known nose art or nickname.
On June 9, 1942 Australian war correspondent Damien Parer recorded cine footage of this Airacobra with a drop tank taxing at 7 Mile Drome.
On July 20, 1942 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by 2nd Lt Frank E. Angier on a mission over the Cape Nelson area. Over the target, Angier bailed out at low altitude and his parachute opened only a second before his landed unhurt in the jungle of Cape Nelson at roughly Lat 9° 9' Long 149° 14'. When he failed to return from the mission, Angiers was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Fate of the Pilot
Angier landed unhurt and was later transported back to Port Moresby and returned to duty. In 2011, he retired with the rank of Colonel and retired to live inTulsa, OK.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-39D-BE Airacobra 41-6783
"6783 condemned Oct 30, 1944"
39th FS lists Angier as 'returned to military control'.
RAAF Searcher S/L Keith Rundle incorrectly listed this aircraft as Missing In Action (MIA)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39D Airacobra 41-6783
Frank E. Angier interview at 39th Fighter Squadron reunion at Dayton, Ohio in 2006 by Kenneth Tilley
Thanks to Edward Rogers, Paul Diggs and Kenneth Tilley additional information
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