|Pilot Flying Officer Ronald Bremner, 422361 (MIA / KIA) Otago, NZ
MIA February 5, 1944
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 28444. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40N-1-CU Warhawk serial number 42-104682. Disassembled and shipped overseas to New Zealand as part of defense aid.
Delivered to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Kittyhawk NZ3120. Reassembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot (1 AD) at Hobsonville Airfield on June 25, 1943. Assigned to 18 Squadron and coded "J". Officially written off books on March 9, 1944.
On February 5, 1944 took off from Torokina Airfield on Bougainville piloted by F/O Ronald Bremner on an escort mission for 48 SBDs and 18 TBFs attacking Lakunai Airfield near Rabaul. After the bombing raid, the formation was intercepted by enemy fighters that followed them southwards.
Returning, two aircraft were observed crashing into the sea at Saint Georges Channel one in the channel and one near Cape Saint George, but it was not determined if these were P-40s. Two P-40s failed to return from the mission. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost was P-40N NZ3126.
Bremner was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the Bourail Memorial, panel 4.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-40N-1-CU Warhawk 42-104682
"104682 to New Zealand as NZ3120. Assembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot, Hobsonville and BoC at Hobsonville on 25 June 1943. Coded "J". To No.18 Squadron. Crashed into St. Georges Channel on 5 February 1944. The aircraft was shot down by an enemy fighter during an escort sortie."
ADF Serials Kittyhawk NZ3120
CWGC - Ronald Bremner
Air-To-Air page 290
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May 20, 2018