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  P-40M-10-CU Kittyhawk Serial Number NZ3111 Code 33
17 Squadron

Former Assignments
1 AD

Pilot  F/Sgt Norman Nicholson Vickers (POW, died July 22, 1944) Hawkes Bay, NZ
Crashed  September 23, 1943

Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
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.

Mission History
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
CWGC - Norman Nicholson Vickers

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017


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