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  P-40E "Shuftie" Serial Number A29-41 Code M
RAAF
2 OTU

Former Assignments
75 Squadron
5 AD

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Damien Parer Aug 1942

Pilot  Sgt William John King (KIA, BR) Brunswick
Crashed  December 3, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army as serial number 41-5538. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during March 1942. Assigned to 75 Squadron coded M. Often flown by F/L Les Jackson. Nicknamed "Shuftie" (Egyptian for 'hurry up") in white on the cowling by Les Jackson.

On April 2, 1942 departed Archerfield Airfield near Brisbane on a ferry flight northward to 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby. Flown in defense of Port Moresby. Photographed by Damian Parer during August 1942.

Afterwards, assigned to 5 AD on August 31, 1942. Then to 2 OTU on October 25, 1943.

Mission History
On December 3, 1943 while circling another P-40 that had crashed, this aircraft crashed eight miles west of Mildura, killing pilot King.

Memorials
King is buried at Mildura Cemetery at plot C, row B, grave 2

References
CWGC - William John King
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-41

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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