|Pilot 2nd Lt Bryant V. Wesley (survived)
Ditched November 2, 1942
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 7th Fighter Squadron on March 6, 1942. No known nickname or nose art. On April 17, 1942 flown to Horn Island Airfield.
On November 2, 1942 took off from Port Moresby. During the flight, this aircraft developed engine trouble and ditched into an inlet at Bootless Bay. Wesley was unhurt and swam ashore and returned to duty.
49th Fighter Group History
Aircraft serial number from AFLC card "Wrecked 11.2.42 Bootless Inlet. Landed in water. Material failure."
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-40E Kittyhawk 41-5313 piloted by Wesley
Protect and Avenge mentions this loss:
"The old stager Warhawk flown by Bryant Wesley had its engine sieze up in the landing pattern and the Lt put the spluttering Warhawk down in the shallows of Bootless Bay, just south of the strip. Wesley swam ashore as the P-40 sank out of sight."
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January 5, 2018