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Airacobra A53-5

Aircraft Model:Bell P-39 Airacobra
Manufacturer:Bell Aircraft Corporation
Identities:41-7164; A53-5
Units:No. 24 Squadron, RAAF


27 July 1942Received by No. 2 Aircraft Park, RAAF, ex USA.
Allotted to No. 24 Squadron, RAAF.
7 August 1942Received by No. 24 Squadron, RAAF.
26 October 1942Aircraft suffered engine failure and crashed approximately one mile west of Bankstown aerodrome.
Pilot: F/O HERBERT CHARLES NETTE, RAAF 400728 (Killed)
2 November 1942Allotted to No. 2 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, for salvage.
3 December 1942Approval given for conversion.


Anon. 2009 A53 Bell Airacobra. RAAF Museum, Point Cook. Retrieved 7 February 2017 from <https://www.airforce.gov.au/raafmuseum/research/aircraft/series2/A53.htm>.

Dunn, P. 2017 Crash of a P-39 Airacobra at Bankstown, NSW, 26 October 1942. Australia @ War. Retrieved 22 October 2018 from <https://www.ozatwar.com/ozcrashes/nsw100.htm>.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1943, Airacobra A53 [Accidents], A9845, 89.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1943, Aircraft Status cards - Bell Airacobra A53-1 to A53-22, A10297, BLOCK 362.

Pacific Wrecks 2018 P-39F-1-BE Airacobra Serial Number A53-5. Retrieved 22 October 2018 from <https://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/p-39/A53-5.html>.

Record updated on 22 October 2018.


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