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  P-40M-5-CU Kittyhawk Serial Number NZ3066 Code 14/A
17 Squadron

Former Assignments
16 Squadron

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RNZAF September 1943

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USMC circa Sept-Nov 1943

Pilot  Flight Sergeant D. Williams (rescued)
Ditched  September 13, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 21782. Assigned U. S. Army serial number 43-5494. Disassembled and shipped overseas.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Kittyhawk serial number NZ3066. Reassembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot at Hobsonville Airfield and BOC on March 13, 1943. Assigned to 16 Squadron. Later, assigned to 17 Squadron coded "14" with the letter "A" on the fuselage and a white vertical strip.

Mission History
On September 13, 1943 took off from Fighter 2 (Kukum) on Guadalcanal on a patrol mission. While on finals to land, this aircraft suffered an engine failure and ditched into a reef off Munda Airfield. Pilot Williams was unhurt. Officially written off books on November 1, 1943.

Afterward, usable parts were removed from the aircraft, including the tail assembly, cockpit canopy and access panels. The wreckage remained until at least October or November 1943 and was photographed by a Marine from VMSB-144. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise removed.

Other sources state this aircraft ran out of fuel during the approach to land
ADF Serials Kittyhawk NZ3066
RNZAF P-40 Serial Numbers and Identities NZ3006
Air-To-Air page 153 (photo)
USMC Aviators page 28 (photo)
Thanks to Buz for additional information

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018


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