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  P-40N-5-CU Kittyhawk Serial Number NZ3155  
RNZAF
16 Squadron

Pilot  W/O Colin Alexander McDonald, RNZAF 404448 (MIA / KIA) Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
MIA  December 19, 1943


Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 28613. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40M-10-CU Warhawk serial number 42-104851. Disassembled and shipped overseas to New Zealand as part of defense aid.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Kittyhawk NZ3155. Reassembled then assigned to 16 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On December 19, 1943 took off from Torokina Airfield on Bougainville at 5:15pm piloted by W/O Colin Alexander McDonald on a mission. The aircraft suffered an engine failure at approximately 300 feet and crashed into the ocean without a trace.

Memorials
McDonald was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is commemorated at the Bourail Memorial at Bourail War Cemetery on panel 6.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-40N-5-CU Warhawk 42-104851

"104851 (MSN 28613) to New Zealand as NZ3155. Assembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot, Hobsonville and BoC at Hobsonville on 27 July 1943. Coded "50". To No.16 Squadron. Crashed on takeoff from Torokina at 1715 hours on 19 December 1943. The aircraft suffered an engine failure at about 300 feet and crashed into the water sinking without trace."
CWGC - Colin Alexander McDonald
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk NZ3155
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
May 20, 2018

 

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