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Airacobra A53-6

Aircraft Model:Bell P-39 Airacobra
Manufacturer:Bell Aircraft Corporation
Identities:41-7168; A53-6
Units:No. 24 Squadron, RAAF
No. 82 Squadron, RAAF

Timeline

27 July 1942Received by No. 2 Aircraft Park, RAAF, ex USA.
Allotted to No. 24 Squadron, RAAF.
2 August 1942Received by No. 24 Squadron, RAAF.
5 September 1942Airscrew hole by .50 calibre round while taking part in air-to-ground gunnery practice.
7 June 1943Allotted to No. 82 Squadron, RAAF.
30 August 1943Aircraft suffered engine failure and force landed.
Pilot: F/Sgt FREDERICK ALLAN HEWLETT, RAAF 412511 (Survived)
22 October 1943Aircraft crated ready for despatch when shipping space is available.
1 November 1943Issued to US 5th Air Force.

References

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>.

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.

Record updated on 22 October 2018.


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