Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army on April 29, 1943. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia arriving on May 27, 1943 and reassembled.
Assigned 5th Air Force, 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 82nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. Nicknamed "San Antonio
Rose" on the left side of the cockpit and "Jackie and Norma". Assigned to Lt. Charles W. Borders with crew chief was Sgt. Eugene
F. Behnkendorf. A scoreboard was painted on the side of the nose wit six bomb insignia
and one Japanese flag for a victory claim.
Operated from Dobodura, Finschafen, Saidor, Owi and Biak flown by Lt. Charles W. Borders, who
flew 56 combat missions in this plane. Next, assigned to the 110th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron and operated from Tadji Airfield. On May 21,
1945 stricken from service and
This aircraft remained at Tadji Airfield in situ until 1967.
During 1967 salvaged by the Goroka Branch of Air Force Association.
Disassembled and loaded onto RAAF Caribou transport,
where it was initially displayed at the show grounds. After the
plane was vandalized, it was put into storage.
was not until the early 1980's, through the efforts of volunteer Rick
that it was properly mounted on a pole and displayed again at J.K.
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39N Airacobra 42-19039
Airacobra Advantage by Rick Mitchell and letter from Rick Giddings
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October 23, 2019