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  P-40E-1 Warhawk Serial Number 41-36173  
USAAF
5th AF
49th FG
8th FS

Pilot  1st Lt. Glenn L. Wohlford, O-726871 (MIA / KIA) MN
MIA  November 1, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. This P-40 was bound for the Royal Air Force (RAF) and assigned serial number ET819. Instead, delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40E-1 Warhawk serial number 41-36173. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 8th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On November 1, 1942 took off from 3-Mile Drome (Kila) near Port Moresby at at 6:30am one of sixteen P-40's from the 8th Fighter Squadron escorting A-20 Havocs from the 3rd Bombardment Group on a mission against Lae. Southwest of Lae at approximately 07:45 contact was made with eight to ten A6M2 Zeros.

During the dog fight, Lt. Wohlford was last seen trailing smoke with a pair of Zeros on his tail. Also, flight leader Lt. Dennis saw a P-40 type aircraft in a dive with two Zeros on its tail but did not recognize the person in the cockpit nor did he see the plane crash.

The flight returned to 3-Mile Drome (Kila) at approximately 09:14am. When Wohlford failed to return, he was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Wohlford was officially declared dead on December 9, 1945. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
49th FG History November 1, 1942
Ameican Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Glenn L. Wohlford
FindAGrave - 1Lt Glenn L Wohlford (tablets of the missing photo)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-40E Warhawk 41-36173

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Last Updated
May 23, 2018

 

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