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  P-40E Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-16 Code Y
75 Squadron

Pilot  F/O Bruce Horace Anderson (MIA / KIA) Bellevue Hill, NSW
Crashed  March 22, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
During March 1942 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). On March 8, 1942 assigned to 1 AD On March 16, 1942 assigned to 75 Squadron. Fuselage code "Y". No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On March 22, 1942 one of nine P-40s that took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby led by S/L Jackson against Lae. Six P-40s including this aircraft were to strafe Lae Airfield while the other three P-40s flew top cover.

Over the target, intercepted by A6M2 Zeros from the 4th Kokutai. Last seen by P-40E Kittyhawk A29-6 with smoke coming from the aircraft with an A6M2 Zero on his tail headed out to sea off Lae over the Huon Gulf.

Anderson was officially declared dead on March 22, 1942. He is memorialized at Lae War Cemetery panel 6.

RAAF Casualty File Anderson, Bruce Horace (NAA: A705, 163/22/111)
CWGC - Bruce Horace Anderson
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-16
Flightpath Magazine "Yamazaki" by Michael Claringbould, 2010
RAAFDB - Bruce Horace Anderson
RAADB - Kittyhawk A29-16
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017


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