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  P-39F-1-BE Airacobra Serial Number 41-7148  
5th AF
35th FG
39th FS

Pilot  2nd Lt James R. Foster, O-428486 (survived) OR
Crashed  July 4, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Amy. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, 39th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On July 4, 1942 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Foster in a line abreast formation on a mission to intercept a formation of Japanese aircraft. Intercepted by A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kōkūtai (Tainan Air Group). Foster bailed out over the Brown River area, approximately 30 miles northwest of Port Moresby. Also lost were P-400 Airacobra BX180 and P-400 Airacobra AP378 and this aircraft.

Fate of the Pilot
Foster landed in a tree and was injured. He was carried back to Moresby area by natives and returned to duty.

This Airacobra crashed in the Brown River area.

PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39F Airacobra 41-7148
The Aircraft Wrecks in the South Pacific Area, Pacific Aviation Society - P-39F 41-7148
Cobra In the Clouds pages 10-11
Thanks to Edward Rogers for research and analysis

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Last Updated
February 18, 2020


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