Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force.
Force landed or was abandoned at Bootless Bay. Possibly, this wing is from P-40E 41-5313.
This wing section remained on the beach until the at least the late 1970s.
Jack Mierzejewski remembers:
"I remember a barbecue near Bootless Bay, just off
the airport at Port Moresby. There was an entire P-40 wing on the beach,
in pretty poor shape for sure, because it was washing around in the
surf. But I remember lifting it and seeing the star and meatball still
preserved on the under surface!"
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January 31, 2018