|Pilot Flying Officer Lindsay David Hutton, 41173 (MIA / KIA) Riccarton, Canterbury, NZ
Crashed November 16, 1943 at 4:50pm
Hutton was born in Christchurch on September 25, 1920 and joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) on January 3, 1941. On November 1, 1943 he was credited with a Zero shot down over Empress Augusta Bay. On the date of his loss, he was 23 and had flown a total of 962 hours.
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Cosnstructor Number 29084. Assigned U. S. Army serial number 42-105322. Disassembled and shipped overseas.
Assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Kittyhawk NZ3166. On August 9, 1943 assembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot, Hobsonville Airfield. Assigned to 18 Squadron with tail code "53". Officially written off the books on December 17, 1943.
On November 16, 1943 one of twelve P-40s from 18 Squadron strafing positions at Kieta and Tonolei Harbor and anti-aircraft positions on Ballale. Over the target, heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire was experienced, and the P-40s claimed several batteries silenced.
This P-40 was hit by anti-aircraft fire from the east side of Ballale. Streaming oil, he attempted to climb to 1,000-1,200' but instead dived into the sea six miles south of Fauro at 4:50pm.
P/O R. W. Bremner observed a parachute was observed to open but only just above the water. In the sea, Hutton landed 150 yards from where the P-40 crashed. He was observed treading water, but then sank and disappeared, no further trace was seen after 20 minutes of searching.
Hutton was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at Bourail Memorial at Bourail War Cemetery on panel 4.
ADF Serials Kittyhawk NZ3166
Air-To-Air page 188, 193-194, 327
CWGC - Lindsay David Hutton
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May 22, 2017