|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. Assigned U. S. Army serial number 43-5799. Disassembled and shipped overseas as part of lend-lease.
Delivered to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Kittyhawk
serial number NZ3111. Reassembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot and BOC 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 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.
ADF Serials Kittyhawk NZ3111
Norman Nicholson Vickers
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May 22, 2017