|Pilot F/Sgt Norman Nicholson Vickers (POW, died July 22, 1944) Hawkes Bay, NZ
Crashed September 23, 1943
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructor number 27487. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40M-10-CU Warhawk serial number 43-5799. Disassembled and shipped overseas to New Zealand as part of defense aid.
Delivered to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Kittyhawk
NZ3111. Reassembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) on May 21, 1943 at Hobsonville Airfield. Assigned to 17 Squadron. Coded "33". No known nickname or nose art.
On September 23, 1943 took off from Fighter 2 (Kukum) on Guadalcanal piloted by F/Sgt Norman N. Vickers on an escort mission over southern Bougainville. Over the target, intercepted and shot down by enemy fighters and crashed near Kahili Airfield (Buin). Officially, this aircraft was written off books at Guadalcanal on November 1, 1943.
Fate of the Pilot
Vickers was captured by the Japanese and transported to Rabaul. He was imprisoned as a Prisoner of War (POW) at the Tunnel Hill POW Camp. On July 24, 1944 died in captivity.
Recovery of Remains
Postwar, Vickers remains were recovered.
Vickers was officially declared dead on July 22, 1943. After the recovery of his remains, he was buried at Bourail War Cemetery at grave 8.17.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-40M-10-CU Warhawk 43-5799
"5799 (MSN 27487) to New Zealand as NZ3111. Assembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot, Hobsonville and BoC at Hobsonville on 21 May 1943. Coded "33". To No.17 Squadron. Shot down by enemy aircraft near Kahili Sep 23, 1943. Pilot POW, died in captivity Jul 24, 1944. Aircraft struck off at Guadalcanal on 01 November 1943."
ADF Serials Kittyhawk NZ3111
Norman Nicholson Vickers
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May 20, 2018