|Pilot F/O Ally Cecil Clifton "Bink" Davies , 406124 (MIA / KIA)
Crashed April 13, 1942
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
Assigned to RAAF 75 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
27, 1942 took off from 7-Mile Drome on a patrol over Port
Moresby with P-40E A29-19 piloted by F/O O'Conner. At 1:30, Woods, Piper, Bailey and O'Conner intercepted a formation of fighters and bombers thirty miles east of Port Moresby. Woods and O'Connor attacked the fighters, while the others two attack the bombers.
On April 13, 1942 one of eight P-40s that took off from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby on a mission to escort seven 3rd Bombardment Group A-24 Dive Bombers attacking Lae. Reportedly, this P-40 was hit by anti-aircraft fire over the target and was last seen spinning earthward at 1,000', out of control near Lae (RAAF Message Q47).
A search carried out after the war by RAAF Searcher Team led by S/L Keith Rundle failed to find the pilot or Kittyhawk. A detailed search by five parties of a ten square mile area revealed no trace of this Kittyhawk. Probably it crashed 2-3 miles from the northeast corner of Lae Airfield, not out to sea.
Davies is memorialized at Lae War Cemetery panel 6.
Fighter Squadron Doctor
ADF Serials - P-40E Kittyhawk A29-15
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information.
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May 22, 2017