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|Pilot Flight Lieutenant J. O. McFarlane, 402881 (MIA / KIA) Auckland, NZ
MIA December 17, 1943
The formation first staged to Torokina Airfield to refuel, then took off again and split up into two groups. The New Zealand pilots were led by Freeman and Arkwright en route to Rabaul. Inbound to the target, two P-40s aborted the mission due to to mechanical problems, leaving seventy-five fighters that reached the target.
Over the target, McFarlane's leader Vanderpump dove onto eight Zekes above shipping in the harbor. Vanderpump shot down a Zeke, then chases a Zeke attacking McFarlane, both escaping by diving through intense anti-aircraft over Rabaul, McFarlane was hit and crashed near Praed Point.
This mission a total of three P-40s and two pilots were lost: this aircraft plus P-40 NZ3153 over southern New Ireland. Nine aircraft were claimed, 5 by RNZAF, 4 by USN.
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