|Pilot Lt. Arthur "Art" Andres (survived)
Crashed May 28, 1942
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-39 Airacobta model and serial number are unknown. Likely, this aircraft was a P-38Q model serial number 42-?????. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 8th Fighter Group (8th FG) "Cyclone's Flying Circus", 36th Fighter Squadron (36th FS) "The Flying Fiends". No known nose art or nickname.
On May 28, 1942 at 7:50am took off from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Lt. Arthur "Art" Andres on a mission to intercept A6M2 Zeros fron the Tainan Kōkūtai (Tainan Air Group) over Port Moresby. During the combat, Andres was shot down and bailed out and returned to duty.
Previosly, Andres had been shot down previously piloting P-39D 41-6930, and returned to duty on May 27, 1942. The next morning, he flew took off piloting this Airacobra and was shot down again.
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39 Airacobra piloted by Lt. Andres 28 May 1942
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information
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February 18, 2020