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  P-40E "Arizona" Serial Number 41-5551 Tail 74
5th AF
49th FG
9th FS

Pilot  Lt. Grover J. Gardner (survived)
Crashed  April 4, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 9th Fighter Squadron. Nicknamed "Arizona".

On February 27, 1942 this P-40's landing gear failed to extend, forcing it to make a belly landing. Afterwards, transported to Geelong for repairs. Afterwards, returned to the squadron.

Mission History
Accidentally shot down by Australian anti-aircraft over Cox Peninsula west of Darwin. Pilot Gardner bailed out and landed unhurt and later returned to duty.

Bob Alford adds:
"Mike Foley found the data plate in the wreckage of a P-40 lost on 4 April 1942 (41-5551, tail '74' of Lt Grover J. Gardner - baled out over Cox Peninsula after collecting friendly fire over the RAAF Station."

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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