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    Default Airacobra BX163 entryin the database

    Date of crash is given as 23 August 1942. I believe it should read 23 December 1942 to agree with the date on the pilot's gravestone. He was Ernest J Sharp, USAAF, 81 FG.

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    Default Re: Airacobra BX163 entryin the database

    BX163 was one of 40 (BX135 to BX174 ) that were transferred to the USAAC in the USA before export to the UK.
    Another 152 were diverted after export.

    Ref: AB's "The British Air Commission and Lend-Lease"

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    BX163 to USAAF. condemned Dec 28, 1942

    Have sent you two pm's
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 29th July 2021 at 18:08.

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    Default Re: Airacobra BX163 entryin the database

    Just to confirm I am understanding this correctly - this aircraft was lost in USAAF service, using serial BX163?

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    Default Re: Airacobra BX163 entryin the database

    Yes Andy
    The USAAF did minimal changes to the Aircraft and paintwork before pressing them into sqn service...






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    Default Re: Airacobra BX163 entryin the database

    Andy,

    It wasn’t uncommon for early RAF-bound aircraft such as LB-30 Liberators to be transferred to the USAAC and operated by the latter under their Air Ministry serials. There are Individual Aircraft Record Cards filed under these serials at the AFHRA at Maxwell.

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    Thanks for the explanation folks.

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    Alex

    Thank you for the list, very useful.

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    Default Re: Airacobra BX163 entryin the database

    Just to add that one of my favourite autobios is 'Angels Twenty' by Ted Park.
    Ted Park flew P39's and P400's on ops in PNG.
    Written with a fine sense of humour.
    ''Definition of a P400 ? answer = a P39 with a Zero on its tail :)''

    ''The cannon was originally a 37mm gun which fired rather slowly - whump - whump - whump and since you were sitting astride it - it vibrated your prostate so that the whole essence of war became mildly sexual.I do not know if this was intentional.
    Later cannon were faster firing 20mm - babababababa and titillated you in a subtly different way - some men enjoyed that more but I was a 37mm man myself :)''

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    Default Re: Airacobra BX163 entryin the database

    Here's one of the Liberators: https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-lb...-57795629.html

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