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  P-40N-25-CU Warhawk Serial Number 43-124362  
USAAF
3rd AF
3rd FC
342nd AAFBU

Pilot  F/O Earl R. Goodyear, T-66354 (Killed, BR)
Crashed  March 24, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York completed February 22, 1944. Delivered to the U. S. Army. When lost, this P-40 had a total of 1,163.5 hours of flight time.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 3rd Air Force, 3rd Fighter Command, 342nd Army Air Force Base Unit (342nd AAFBU). No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On March 24, 1945 one of four P-40 Warhawks that took of from Perry Field (Perry Army Air Field) at 10:15am piloted by Goodyear on a local training flight to practice low level formation flying. Weather was high overcast over 10,000' with unrestricted visibility and winds east 5 miles per hour.

The formation included the first element no. 1 flight leader F/O Southoott, no. 2 (this aircraft) P-40N 43-124362 piloted by F/O Goodyear and second element no. 3 element leader F/O Bajkowski and no. 4 element P-40N Warhawk 44-7305 piloted by 2nd Lt. Rom. Flying up the Swannee River, the formation made turns, including a sharp left turn to the left. This aircraft was flying in the no. 2 position on the flight leader's right wing in the four plane formation.

While flying in formation, P-40N Warhawk 44-7405 piloted by Lt. Rom collided with this aircraft. Damaged, Goodyear did not bail out and died in the colision or crash. Both P-40s crashed into a swamp killing the pilot. No fire was observed after the crash.

Wreckage
This aircraft crashed into a swamp roughly 18 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico near the Suwannee River.

Wreckage
This aircraft crashed into a swamp and was a total loss. Today, under restoration and stored at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum.

Recovery of Remains
After the crash, the remains of the pilot were recovered by the U. S. Army.

Memorials
Goodyear was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After his remains were recovered, he was buried at Highland Park Cemetery in Highland Hills, OH.

References
Army Air Forces Report of Major Accident - 3/24/45 - 43-24362 / 44-7405
FindAGrave - Earl Robert Goodyear (photo, grave photo)
Warbirds Magazine "Resurrecting A Warhawk" by Peter Moll February 10, 2012
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum P-40 Project by Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
Thanks to the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum for additional information

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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