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  P-40N-20-CU "Butch" Serial Number A29-631  
RAAF
80 Squadron

Pilot  FSGT Donald James Wallace, 429418 (MIA / KIA) Camp Hill, QLD
Crashed  August 24, 1944


Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Assigned USAAF Serial Number 43-22857. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
During November 1943 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk serial number A29-631. Assigned to the 80 Squadron. Nicknamed "Butch" on the nose with a painting of a baby in diapers with a bomb under its arm, a pilot's helmet and flying boots on painted on the cowl under the engine exhausts. This aircraft was usually flown by F/O Alfred Evans Watts, himself shot down piloting P-40N A29-610 on August 30, 1944.

Mission History
On August 24, 1944 took off from Kamiri Airfield on Noemfoor Island on a mission over Babo Airfield. Over the target, shot down by anti-aircraft fire.

Memorials
Wallace was officially declared dead the day of the mission, He is memorialized at the Lae War Cemetery on panel 6.

References
CWGC - Donald James Wallace
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-631
RAAFDB - Kittyhawk A29-631

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
P-40

MIA
MIA
1 Missing

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