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  P-40N-5-CU Kittyhawk Serial Number NZ3188 Code B
17 Squadron

Pilot  F/O Stanley Broadbent, 417011 (KIA, BR) Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Crashed  May 7, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 29643. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40N-5-CU Warhawk serial number 42-105881. 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 NZ3188. Reassembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot (1 AD) at Hobsonville Airfield on October 4, 1943. Assigned to 17 Squadron coded "B". No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On May 7, 1944 took off from Bougainville piloted by F/O Stanley Broadbent on a mission over Bougainville. This P-40 was observed to roll over and crash while flying at tree-top level during a strafing run on the Oamai River on Bougainville. Pilot Broadbent was killed in the crash.

Broadbent was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is buried at Bomana War Cemetery at C8. A. 8.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-40N-5-CU Warhawk 42-105881
"105881 (MSN 29643) to New Zealand as NZ3188. Assembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot, Hobsonville and BoC at Hobsonville on 4 October 1943. Coded "B". To No.17 Squadron. Crashed during a strafing run on the Oamai River on 7 May 1944. The aircraft rolled over and dived into the ground while flying at tree top height."
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk NZ3188
CWGC - Stanley Broadbent

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Last Updated
January 12, 2019


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