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Airacobra A53-8

Aircraft Model:Bell P-39 Airacobra
Manufacturer:Bell Aircraft Corporation
Identities:40-3017; A53-8
Units:No. 23 Squadron, RAAF
No. 83 Squadron, RAAF


17 August 1942Received by No. 23 Squadron, RAAF, ex USAAC.
26 February 1943Received by No. 83 Squadron, RAAF.
30 March 1943Undercarriage collapsed on landing.
31 March 1943Allotted to No. 3 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, for repair.
3 April 1943Issued to No. 3 Aircraft Depot, RAAF.
6 April 1943Received by No. 3 Aircraft Depot, RAAF.
28 May 1943Allotted to Clyde Engineering for repair.
26 June 1943Issued to Clyde Engineering with escort.
30 June 1943Received by Clyde Engineering.
25 August 1943Allotted to No. 2 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, ex Clyde for conversion.
26 August 1943AMSE approved conversion.
Allotted to US 5th Air Force in present condition. Aircraft is to be crated and despatched to 35th Service Group, USAAF, Charters Towers.
27 August 1943Above allotment to No. 2 AD cancelled.


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, Aircraft Status cards - Bell Airacobra A53-1 to A53-22, A10297, BLOCK 362.

Record updated on 22 October 2018.


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