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  P-40E-1 "Poison P" Serial Number A29-125 Code Y
RAAF
75 Squadron

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AWM c1942

Pilot  F/Sgt George Forbes Sherwin, 404942 (KIA) Kingsford, NSW
Crashed  March 24, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army as serial number 41-36248. Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number ET894. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during July 1942 as A29-125. Assigned to 75 Squadron on July 15, 1942. Tail code Y. Nicknamed "Poison P" in white block letters above the engine cowl.

This P-40 participated in the Battle of Milne Bay and afterwards assigned to 10 RSU then returned to 75 Squadron on January 21, 1943.

Mission History
On March 24, 1942 took off from Turnbull Airfield near Milne Bay piloted by F/Sgt George Forbes Sherwin along with P-40E Kittyhawk piloted by Sgt R. W. Smith on a mission to carry out a night interception and landing. While attempting to land, this P-40 drifted off the flare path with the landing gear and flaps down and impacted palm trees near the operations hut causing it to crash and burst into flames, killing Sherwin.

Memorials
Sherwin was declared dead the day of the mission. He is buried at Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery at A3. B. 11.

References
Originally, RAAF serial A29-125 was allocated to P-40E-1 Warhawk 41-35954 but this aircraft taken off the book on June 4, 1942 and issued back to the U. S. Army.
AWM - P03869.003
CWGC - George Forbes Sherwin
ADF Serials - P-40E Kittyhawk A29-125
RAAFDB - George Forbes Sherwin
RAAFDB - P40E Kittyhawk A29-125

Thanks ADF Serials / Gordon Birkett for additional information

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January 5, 2018

 

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