|Pilot Flying Officer Ronald Bremner, 422361 (MIA / KIA) Otago, NZ
MIA February 5, 1944
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 28444. Assigned U. S. Army serial number 42-104682. Disassembled and shipped overseas.
Delivered to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Kittyhawk serial number NZ3120. Reassembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot at Hobsonville Airfield on June 25, 1943. Assigned to 18 Squadron and coded "J". Officially written off books on March 9, 1944.
Took off from Torokina Airfield 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. Two P-40s failed to return from the mission. Also lost was P-40N NZ3126.
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.
Memorialized on the Bourail Memorial, panel 4.
ADF Serials Kittyhawk NZ3120
CWGC - Ronald Bremner
Air-To-Air page 290
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January 5, 2018