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  P-40N-5-CU Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-581 Code HU-W
RAAF
78 Squadron

Former Assignments
80 Squadron


RAAF c1944
Pilot  Sgt Stanley Jack Hattersley, 431282 (MIA / KIA) Blackburn, VIC
MIA  November 27, 1944


Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40N-5-CU Warhawk serial number 42-105727. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
During November 1943 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk A29-581. Assigned to 78 Squadron with fuselage code HU-W. Afterwards, to 15 ARDRP for repair. On March 4, 1944 assigned to 80 Squadron. On June 12, 1944 transfered back to 78 Squadron.

On October 22, 1944 took off from Kamiri Airfield on Noemfoor Island piloted Sgt Bruce Arthur Oswald, 434650 during gunnery practice and blew the aircraft's machine gun blast tubes on a mission near Noemfoor but returned safely. Afterwards, the aircraft was repaired and returned to the squadron on November 18, 1944.

Mission History
On November 27, 1944 took off from Kamiri Airfield on Noemfoor Island piloted by Sgt Stanley J. Hattersley on a mission against Sorong. Off Cape Noejew, this aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the sea. Smoke was seen on surface of the water approximately 1000 yards north of Doom Island near Sorong. When this aircraft failed to return, it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Hattersley was declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at Lae War Cemetery on the Lae Memorial, panel 7.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-40N-5-CU Warhawk 42-105727
"105727 to RAAF as A29-581 Nov 1943. Crashed off Cape Noejew Nov 27, 1944, pilot killed."
CWGC - Stanley Jack Hattersley
ADF Serials - P-40 Kittyhawk A29-581

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Last Updated
November 22, 2019

 

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