|Pilot F/Lt Clive Dudley Alfred Highet, RNZAF 401273 (MIA / KIA)
MIA January 27, 1944
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructor Number 29636. Assigned U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40N-5-CU Warhawk serial number 42-105874. Disassembled and shipped overseas to New Zealand as part of defense aid.
Delivered to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Kittyhawk NZ3183. Reassembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot (1 AD) at Hobsonville Airfield on October 4, 1943. Assigned to 18 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On January 27, 1944 took off from Bougainville piloted by F/Lt Clive D. A. Highet on an escort mission over Rabaul. This aircraft was shot down by enemy fighter and crashed into the sea off the Gazelle Peninsula. Pilot Highet was killed in the crash. This aircraft was officially written off on February 2, 1944.
Highet was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at the Bourail War Cemetery on the Bourail Memorial, panel 3.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-40N-5-CU Warhawk
"42-105874 (MSN 29636) to New Zealand as NZ3183. Assembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot, Hobsonville and BoC at Hobsonville on 4 October 1943. To No.18 Squadron. Crashed into sea near Cape Gazelle on 27 January 1944. The aircraft was shot down by an enemy fighter during an escort sortie."
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk NZ3183
CWGC - Clive Dudley Alfred Highet
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile
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January 12, 2019