|Pilot Flying Officer Gordon Stanley Treweek (KIA, BR) Palmerston North, Wellington, NZ
Crashed February 13, 1944
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 29083. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40N-5-CU Warhawk serial number 42-105321. Disassembled and shipped overseas to New Zealand as part of defense aid.
Assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Kittyhawk serial number NZ3165. Reassembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot (1 AD) at Hobsonville Airfield on August 9, 1943. Assigned to 14 Squadron. Tail number 60. No known nickname or nose art. This aircraft was officially written off March 9, 1944.
On February 13, 1944 suffered a mid air collision with another P-40 during an escort duty on February 13, 1944. Crashed into a jungle covered area southwest of Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul.
During 1955, the wreckage of this aircraft was discovered and remains of the pilot were recovered.
Treweek was officially declared dead on February 3, 1944. After the recovery of his remains, he was buried at Rabaul Cemetery (Bita Paka) at H. D. 9.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-40N-5-CU Warhawk 42-105321
"105321 (MSN 29083) to New Zealand as NZ3165. Assembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot, Hobsonville and BoC at Hobsonville on 9 August 1943. Coded "60". To No.14 Squadron. Mid-air collision with another Warhawk during an escort duty on 13 February 1944. The aircraft crashed in heavy jungle near Vunakanau, the wreckage being discovered in 1955."
ADF Serials Kittyhawk NZ3165
Gordon Stanley Treweek
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May 20, 2018