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  P-40E-1-CU Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-100  
RAAF
75 Squadron

Pilot  W/O Francis Pentland Shelley, RAAF 402408 (MIA / KIA) Manly, NSW
MIA  August 11, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 18496. Assigned U. S. Army serial number 41-35975. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number ET621. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
During May 1942, delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk A29-100. Assigned to 75 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On August 11, 1942 one of sixteen P-40s that took off from Gurney Airfield (No. 1 Strip) near Milne Bay to intercept an approaching formation of Japanese aircraft. W/O Shelley was flying in the formation's number 2 position to F/Lt F Coker.

When F/Lt Coker and W/O Shelley made contact with the Japanese aircraft. F/Lt Coker lost contact with W/O Shelley before entering a rain squall approximately four miles from base.

Memorials
Shelley was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is commemorated on the Port Moresby Memorial at the Bomana War Cemetery on panel 9.

References
P-40E-1-CU Warhawk 41-28184 was originally intended to be delivered to the RAAF as A29-100, but this was canceled on April 28, 1942.
CWGC - Francis Pentland Shelley
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-100
RAAF DB - Kittyhawk A29-100
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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