AC0006

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ID number AC0006
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white
Physical description Black & white

Description

BELL AIRACOBRA, AMERICAN DESIGNATION P-39. THIS IS A RARE PHOTOGRAPH, LOCATION UNKNOWN; SHOWING WHAT APPEARS TO BE A ROYAL AIR FORCE SERIAL BW-114 ON FUSELAGE. BRITISH (PACIFIC AREA) BLUE/ WHITE ROUNDEL, NO. RED, NO. 266 ON FIN, AND AN AMERICAN STAR UNDER WING. APPENDIX 4, PAGE 117 OF "THE GOLDEN YEARS, OFFICIAL RAAF PUBLICATION IN 1971, INDICATES THAT 22 OF THESE AIRCRAFT, WITH SERIAL PREFIX A53- ALLOCATED, WERE (AT LEAST ON PAPER) TAKEN ON RAAF CHARGE; AND THAT NOS. 23 AND 24 SQUADRONS, RAAF, HAD SOME ISSUED TO THEM (AT LEAST ON PAPER). NOTE DROPPABLE BELLY TANK. SEE V-651 AND V653, SHOWING WAAAF AIRCRAFTWOMEN, POSSIBLY TRAINEE FITTERS, WITH THREE OF THESE AIRCRAFT, POSSIBLY AT POINT COOK (VIC). POSSIBLY DOWNGRADED FOR USE AS INSTRUCTIONAL AIRFRAMES.