|Pilot F/O Albert Gordon McLeod, 411807 (KIA / BR) Burwood, NSW
Crashed August 11, 1942
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Assigned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40E-1-CU Kittyhawk serial number 41-25168. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia 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). Note, this serial number 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, Fall River) to intercept 8-12 Japanese bombers. This aircraft failed to return and was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
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.
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 in a display case.
McLeod was officially declared dead the day of the mission. On May 15, 1964 his remains were buried at the Bomana War Cemetery near Port Moresby.
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.
CWGC - Albert Gordon McLeod
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-93
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile
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January 5, 2018