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  P-40E Warhawk Serial Number ?  
USAAF
5th AF

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force.

Wartime History
Force landed or was abandoned at Bootless Bay. Possibly, this wing is from P-40E 41-5313.

Wreckage
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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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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