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  P-39D-BE Airacobra Serial Number 41-6945  
5th AF
8th FG
35th FS
Robinson June 1, 1942
Pilot  2nd Lt. Hervey Carpenter (survived)
Crashed  May 13, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-39D-BE Airacobra serial number 41-6945. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 8th Fighter Group (8th FG), 35th Fighter Squadron (35th FS). No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On May 13, 1942 at 12:00pm took off from Port Moresby piloted by 2nd Lt. Hervey Carpenter as one of six Airacobras from the 35th Fighter Squadron (35th FS) on a mission to intercept incoming A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kōkūtai (Tainan Air Group). The Airacobra pilots claimed that several Zeros were hit but no results were observed. During the air combat, this Airacobra was damaged and Carpenter bailed out before his plane crashed in the Redscar area. This aircraft was officially condemned on November 30,1944.

Carpenter landed unhurt and was unhurt and returned to Port Moresby and duty the next day.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-39D-BE Airacobra 41-6945
"6945 condemned Nov 30,1944"
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39 Airacobra piloted by Lt. Carpenter
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information

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May 12, 2021


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