Airacobras first fought Japanese Zeros on 30 April 1942 in a low level action near Lae, New Guinea. From May to August 1942 combat between Airacobras and Zeros took place on a regular basis over New Guinea. Compilation of combat reports indicates the Zero was either equal to or close to the P-39 in speed at the altitudes of the various low level encounters. From September to November 1942 pilots of the 57th Fighter Squadron flew P-39s from an airfield built on land bulldozed into Kuluk Bay on the barren island of Adak in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.
P-39 Guadalcanal Cobras
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