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  P-400 Airacobra Serial Number BX180  
5th AF
35th FG
39th FS

Pilot  2nd Lt. William R. Marlott, O-428516 (survived)
Crashed  July 4, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number AP378 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, 35th Fighter Group, 39th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On July 4, 1942 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Marlott in a line abreast formation on a mission to intercept a formation of Japanese aircraft. Intercepted by A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai.

During the combat, Marlott's Airacobra was able to evade the attacking Zeros, but his engine quit forcing him to bail out. Also lost were P-39F 41-7148 and P-400 Airacobra AP378 and this aircraft.

Fates of the Pilot
Marlott landed in the foothills roughly 30 miles northeast of 30 Mile Drome (Rogers). After five days, he returned to his squadron.

Joe Baugher "Airacobra I for RAF, P-400"
Thanks to Edward Rogers for research and analysis

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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