|Pilot P/O Peter Thomas Robilliard, 411525 (MIA / KIA)
MIA August 18, 1942
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 18755. Intended for use by the Royal Air Force (RAF) as serial number ET880.
On August 13, 1942 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Assigned to 76 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On August 18, 1942 took off from Port Moresby one of three Kittyhawks on a ferry flight bound for Gurney Airfield (No. 1 Strip, Fall River) near Milne Bay accompanied by a B-25 Mitchell of the 3rd Bombardment Group. When this P-40 failed to arrive and was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
On October 26, 1946 S/Ldr Rundle reported that coastal searches between Milne Bay and Port Moresby revealed no trace of this aircraft or pilot.
Robilliard was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is commemorated at the Port Moresby Memorial at Bomana War Cemetery.
RAAF Aircraft Status Card - Kittyhawk A29-141
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-141
Joe Baugher's Website
RAAFDB - Kittyhawk A29-141
Thanks to Edward Rogers and Daniel Leahy for their assistance with this profile
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May 3, 2016