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"Tommy" Harbaugh Roberts, O-794504 (MIA / KIA) Hot Sulfur Springs, CO
Crashed January 12, 1944
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-39Q-5-BE Airacobra serial number 42-19949. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned 5th Air Force, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, 25th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On January 12, 1944 took off from 17 Mile Drome (Durand) near Port Moresby at 10:32 piloted by 2nd Lt. Thomas "Tommy" Harbaugh Roberts on a local flight. Although listed as a non-combat flight, it is likely Roberts intended to overfly Shaggy Ridge to drop candy and cigarette to his buddies in the Australian Army Australian Army 2/16th Battalion that he had served with the prior month. This aircraft was last seen headed inland with a one hour supply of fuel. When it failed to return, Roberts was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
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