Aircraft Photo of BW176 | Bell P-400 Airacobra | USA - Air Force | #5430
Registration / Serial:BW176
Aircraft Original Type:Bell P-39/400 Airacobra
Aircraft Generic Type:Bell P-39/400 Airacobra
Aircraft Version:Bell P-400 Airacobra
C/n (msn):Not known
Operator Titles:USA - Air Force
City / Airport:Wagga Wagga - Forest HillMap
Region / Country:New South Wales, Australia
Airport Codes:ICAO: YSWG   IATA: WGA   Local: -   Other: -
Photo Date:1 January 1942 to 19 June 1943
Photo from:David Carter Collection
Photo ID: 5430
Photo Comment

US Army Air Force aircraft diverted from the Royal Air Force which it turn had taken over a French order. These aircraft were designated P-400 and like BW176, retained RAF serials and camouflage in US service. While many P-400s were used as trainers, others were rushed to the South West Pacific as emergency fighters. They fared better in ground attack than air combat. BW176 survived until June 19, 1943 when the pilot was forced to bail out over Papua New Guinea. The other two aircraft are P-39s with a standard olive drab finish. Photo from the late Frank Scott, of Griffith, NSW.

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