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  P-40K-1-CU Warhawk Serial Number 42-45964  
USAAF
5th AF
49th FG
7th FS

Pilot  Lt. Don L. Sutliff, O-433748 (survived)
Crashed  February 6, 1943
MACR  none

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 Foce, 49th Fighter Group, 7th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
Took off from 14 Mile Drome near Port Moresby on patrol over Wau. During combat, claimed a Ki-43 Oscar shot down north of Wau Airfield, but was damaged and bailed out and landed in the jungle. He was rescued two days later and returned to duty.

Relatives
Delmar W. Meade (cousin of Don L. Sutliff)
"My cousin, Capt. Donald L. Sutliff was the pilot of this aircraft. I do know that he was picked up shortly after that and U.S. War Department did not have time to notify his parents."

References
Protect and Avenge pages 112-113
USAF Aerial Victory Credits - Sutliff

Blackwell Daily Tribute "Japs Suffer Heavy Air Loss I n Attempt on Wau Airdrome" Feb 8, 1943
Joe Baugher's Serial Number Lists notes 42-45964 to reclamation at San Bernardino May 12, 1945

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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