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  P-39F-1-BE Airacobra Serial Number 41-7221  
5th AF
8th FG
35th FS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Arthur R. Shultz, O-430948 (MIA / KIA) Olney, IL
MIA  May 26, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-39F-1-BE Airacobra serial number 41-7221. 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 nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On May 26, 1942 took off from 12 Mile Drome (Berry) near Port Moresby piloted by 2nd Lt. Arthur R. Shultz on a mission to escort C-47 Dakotas bound for Wau Airfield near Wau. This Airacobra engaged Zeros and went missing in the vicinity of Mount Lawson. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Officially, this aircraft was condemned the day of the mission.

Shultz was officially declared dead on July 1, 1944. He earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. Shultz is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Arthur R. Shultz

USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-39F-1-BE Airacobra 41-7221

"7221 condemned after accident May 26, 1942"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Arthur R. Shultz
FindAGrave - 2Lt Arthur Reynolds Shultz (tablets of the missing)

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Last Updated
May 20, 2021


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