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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Roy C. Rom, O-627515 (died, BR)
Crashed March 24, 1945
The formation included the first element no. 1 flight leader F/O Southoott, no. 2 P-40N Warhawk 43-124362 piloted by F/O Goodyear and second element no. 3 F/O Bajkowski and no. 4 element (this aircraft) P-40N Warhawk 44-7405 piloted by Lt. Rom. Flying up the Suwannee 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, this aircraft collided with P-40N Warhawk 43-124362. Damaged, Rom bailed out and suffer major injuries. Both P-40 before both crashed into a swamp roughly a half mile apart.
Recovery of Remains
During 2011, the wreckage of this aircraft was purchased by the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum. Using the recovered parts of these three P-40s, a single aircraft is being restored by volunteers led by Mr. Art Wilder for display at the museum. The finished aircraft is estimated to have 25% original parts.
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