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  P-400 Airacobra Serial Number BW174 Nose 174
5th AF
35th FG
41st FS

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Damien Parer
August 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number BW174 and painted in a three-color camouflage scheme. Instead, delivered to the U.S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 35th Fighter Group (35th FG), 41st Fighter Squadron (41st FS). Nose number 174 painted in yellow on both sides of the nose. This Airacobra had the nose art of an bird holding a bomb was painted on the right side of the nose.

During August 1942, this Airacobra operated from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby and was photographed by Australian war correspondent Damien Parer with two American pilots including Fred C. Harries.

This P-400 was officially condemned November 23, 1942. Not lost in combat or accident, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Joe Baugher "Airacobra I for RAF, P-400"
Thanks to Erick Kyro and Edward Rogers for additional information

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Last Updated
November 20, 2021


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