|Pilot Sgt Stanley Jack Hattersley, 431282 (MIA / KIA) Blackburn, VIC
MIA November 27, 1944
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Assigned to the US Army Air Force serial number 42-105727. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
During November 1943 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk A29-581. Assigned to 78 Squadron with fuselage code HU-W. Afterwards, to 15 ARDRP for repair. On March 4, 1944 assigned to 80 Squadron. On June 12, 1944 transfered back to 78 Squadron.
On October 22, 1944 took off from Kamiri Airfield on Noemfoor Island piloted Sgt Bruce Arthur Oswald, 434650 during gunnery practice and blew the aircraft's machine gun blast tubes on a mission near Noemfoor but returned safely. Afterwards, the aircraft was repaired and returned to the squadron on November 18, 1944.
On November 27, 1944 took off from Kamiri Airfield on Noemfoor Island piloted by Hattersley on a mission against Sorong. Off Cape Noejew, this aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the sea. Smoke was
seen on surface of the water approximately 1000 yards north of Doom Island near Sorong. When this aircraft failed to return, it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Hattersley was declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the Lae Memorial, panel 7 at Lae War Cemetery.
CWGC - Stanley Jack Hattersley
ADF Serials - P-40 Kittyhawk A29-581
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May 3, 2016