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  P-40K-15 Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-201  
RAAF
77 Squadron

Pilot  F/L Daryl Maxwell Sproule, 250641 C. O. 77 Squadron (POW, executed Aug 16, 1943) Sandy Bay, Tasmania
Force Landed  August 2, 1943


Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army as serial number 42-10422. Disassembled and shipped to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) February 1943. Assigned to 13 ARD. Assigned to 77 Squadron.

Mission History
One of eighteen P-40s that took off on a mission escorting Beaufighters and Bostons attacking Gasmata Airfield. Returning, the P-40s attacked Japanese barges. This aircraft was believed to be hit shrapnel from its own bomb and damaged then force landed on the beach.

Fate of the Pilot
Sproule was taken prisoner by the Japanese and held at Gasmata. He was executed on or around August 16, 1943.

Recovery of Remains
Postwar, Sproule's remains were recovered.

Memorials
Officially declared dead on August 16, 1943. After his remains were recovered, Sproule was buried at Lae War Cemetery at T. C. 8.

References
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-201
CWGC - D. M. Sproule

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Last Updated
May 3, 2016

 

Tech Info
P-40

POW
POW
Executed

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