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  P-40N-1-CU Kittyhawk Serial Number NZ3126 Code C
RNZAF
18 Squadron

Pilot  Sergeant Bruce Nicholson, 4210948 (MIA / KIA)
MIA  February 5, 1944


Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 28451. Assigned U. S. Army serial number 42-104689. Disassembled and shipped overseas.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Kittyhawk serial number NZ3126. Reassembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot at Hobsonville Airfield and BOC on July 8, 1943. Assigned to 18 Squadron and coded "C".

Mission History
On February 5, 1944 took off from Torokina Airfield on an escort mission for 48 SBDs and 18 TBFs attacking Lakunai Airfield near Rabaul. After the bombing raid, the formation was intercepted by enemy fighters that followed them southwards. Also lost was P-40N NZ3120.

Two aircraft were observed crashing into the sea at Saint Georges Channel one in the channel and one near Cape Saint George, but it was not determined if these were P-40s. When this P-40 failed to return it was declared Missing In Action (MIA). This aircraft was officially written off on February 9, 1944.

Memorials
Nicholson was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the Bourail Memorial, panel 8.

References
CWGC - Bruce Nicholson
ADF Serials NZ3126
Air-To-Air page 290

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Last Updated
May 3, 2016

 

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