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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 Air Force (USAAF) as P-40E Warhawk serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force.

Wartime History
This P-40 was force landed or was abandoned at Bootless Bay. Possibly, this wing is associated with P-40E Warhawk 41-5313 ditched November 2, 1943.

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
September 25, 2018

 

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