|Pilot Sgt Sgt Max Holdsworth, 411067 (survived) Sydney, NSW
Ditched March 2, 1943
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Assigned U. S. Army as serial number 42-10197. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.
During January 1943, assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Reassembled by 2 Air Depot (2 AD) and assigned to 77 Squadron and delivered on February 22, 1943. No known nickname or nose art. Officially, this P-40 was written off on May 26, 1943.
On March 2, 1943 due to a failure of the fuel system that resulted in no pressure on the gauge and caused a complete engine failure. This P-40 ditched wheels up into the sea at the northern end of China Strait southeast of Milne Bay. Pilot Holdsworthy survived the ditching unhurt and later returned to duty.
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-188 incorrectly notes pilot's name as "Holdsworthy"
NAA "Confirmatory Memorandum - Aircraft A29-188 in accordance with A.F.O. 18/E/2 para. 5 (b)"
WW2 Nominal Roll - Max Holdsworth
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information
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February 4, 2018