|Pilot F/O Albert Gordon McLeod, 411807 (MIA / KIA, BR) Burwood, NSW
Crashed August 11, 1942
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 19187. Assigned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40E-1-CU Kittyhawk serial number 41-25168. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number ET492. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia as part of lend-lease and reassembled.
On April 26, 1942 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk serial number A29-101 and assigned to 2 Operational Training Unit (2 OTU) but was returned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) that same day and that serial number revoked. Later, A29-101 was later assigned to P-40E 41-25121 / Kittyhawk A29-101.
During late April 1942, reassigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk serial number A29-93. On May 13, 1942 assigned to 76 Squadron and received five days later. This aircraft had no known nickname or nose art.
On May 26, 1942 collided with P-40E Kittyhawk A29-92 at Aitkenvale Weir Airfield near Townsville and afterwards repaired. On June 23, 1942 again damaged at Aitkenvale Weir Airfield resulting in extensive damage. Repaired by 5 Air Depot (5 AD) until repaired. During the middle of July 1942 flown to Gurney Airfield (No. 1 Strip, Fall River) near Milne Bay.
On August 11, 1942 took off from Gurney Airfield (No. 1 Strip) piloted by
F/O Albert Gordon McLeod as one of twenty-two P-40s from 75 Squadron and 76 Squadron intercepting Japanese aircraft attacking Milne Bay. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost was P-40E Kittyhawk A29-100 (KIA), P-40E Kittyhawk A29-123 (KIA) and P-40E Kittykawk A29-84 (KIA).
During April 1964, this crash site was located. A piece of this aircraft, fuselage skin showing a portion of the fuselage serial number "A2" from the prefix A29 and "93" and a fragment with "Paddy" were recovered from the crash site and transported to Australia.
Recovery of Remains
After the discovery of the crash site, the remains of McLeod were recovered and transported to Port Moresby for burial.
McLeod was officially declared dead the day of the mission and remained Missing In Action (MIA) until the discovery of his crashed aircraft in April 1964. After the recovery of remains he was buried on May 15, 1964 at Bomana War Cemetery at C8, A, 27.
The recovered fuselage skin showing a portion of the fuselage serial number "A2" from the prefix A29 and "93" and a fragment with "Paddy" were recovered from the crash site and are displayed at RAAF Museum Point Cook.
Originally, P-40E Warhawk 41-25180 was allocated RAAF serial number A29-93 but was canceled on April 28, 1942 and then allocated to this aircraft.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-40E-1 41-25168
"25168 (MSN 19187, ET492) was to have gone to Netherlands East Indies AF, but after arrival in Australia in Apr 1942 it was diverted to RAAF as A29-93 May 13, 1942. Lost to enemy action 8/12/1942"
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-93
CWGC - Albert Gordon McLeod
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile
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May 30, 2018