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  P-40N-5-CU Warhawk Serial Number 42-105288 Nose L
5th AF
8th FG
35th FS

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February 6, 1944

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, 8th Fighter Group, 35th Fighter Squadron with nose letter "L" with a white painted tail and leading edge of the wing. During September 1943, assigned to pilot 1st Lt. Glenn "Gabby" Holder.

During the six months Holder flew this aircraft, he claimed three confirmed and two probable kills with this P-40 over New Britain and New Guinea.

On December 25, 1943 Holder claimed his first victory near Arawe when Holder claimed a Ki-46 Dinah destroyed while patrolling over the Allied invasion force bound for Cape Gloucester.

The next day, on December 26, 1943 Holder claimed a ‘Zeke 22’ as a "probable" over Borgen Bay.

Next, on January 16, 1944 Holder claimed two confirmed and one probable victory over Saidor. One of the victories was a Ki-61 ‘Tony’ possibly piloted by W. O. Takashi Noguchi of the 68th Sentai, 3rd Chutai. The other aircraft claimed was a Ki-43-II Oscar from the 59th Sentai or 63rd Sentai. This combat set the wartime record for 5th Fighter Command for victories claimed by a single squadron during a single engagement: 19 confirmed and 3 probable.

During February to March, this P-40 operated from Cape Gloucester Airfield. On February 6, 1944 this P-40 was photographed on the flight line.

Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

John Holder (son of Glenn Holder)

Thanks to John Holder for additional information.
Gabby's Warhawk

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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