DieStaffel Classic 'P-400' Airacobra
DieStaffel's Classic CFS2 P-400 Airacobra (Kobra)
'Yellow 16', P-400 flown by I V Bochkov, 19.GvIAP, East Karelia, 1942.
"Air-A-Cutie" P-400, New Guinea early 1942, 36th Fighter Sqn, 8th Fighter Group
The P-400 was a P-39D designated P-400 as a reverse Lend Lease when war broke out. The Americans, not having many combat fighters sent over 200 P-39D's and P-400 to Australia and New Guinea where they held the Japanese expansion. Not a good high alitiude fighter, and unable to outfly its opposition, it soldiered on till the P-38, P-47 and P-51 became more available. The initial batch of 200 P-400's from Great Britian sent to the USSR were the first of over 5000 P-39's of all models to fight in the Great Patriotic War.