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  P-40E Warhawk Serial Number 41-5543  
5th AF
49th FG
8th FS

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Bill Thompson 1979
Pilot  2nd Lt. Harvey Martin
Ditched  June 7, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Curtiss-Wright number 563 (CW-563). Constructors Number 16535. Delivered to the U. S. Army on December 15, 1941. Assigned to "Project X" on December 30, 1941. Disassembled and shipped overseas bound for the Philippines but was diverted to Australia arriving on Jaunary 30, 1942 and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 8th Fighter Squadron. Assigned to Lt. Clyde H. Barnett and nicknamed "Janet" with squadron number 55.

Mission History
On June 7, 1942 took off from Darwin and ditched into the surf off the Cox Peninsula. Officially, this P-40 was written off on June 16, 1942.

Thanks to Bob Alford for additional information

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June 29, 2019


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