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  P-40E "Hero's Poopy" Serial Number 41-????  
USAAF
5th AF
49th FG
7th FS

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Weller 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, NY. Delivered to the U. S. Army, serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 7th Fighter Squadron. Nicknamed "Hero's Poopy". Assigned to pilot Lt. A. T. House. Crew chief Sgt. G. W. White. Nicknamed "Hero's Poopy".

Mission History
On March 14, 1942 one of four P-40s that took off from Horn Island Airfield to intercept enemy A6M2 Zeros and G4M1 Bettys attacking Horn Island at 11:25am. One of the Zeros opened fire his flight leader P-40E piloted by Captain Morrissey. House's guns failed to fire and decided to ram the enemy fighter. On impact, A6M2 Zero piloted by Oishi exploded and spiraled into the ocean. Lt. House's P-40 was damaged, but managed to land safely at Horn Island Airfield after three landing attempts.

Lt. A. T. House report adds:
"I continued my course directly at the enemy aircraft, expecting to get his fuselage in the heavy part of my wing. He started firing, but must have observed my approach and changed course. I continued to dive and the leading edge of my right wing went through his fuselage approx. in the middle of the canopy. I went to ram the plane, the wing went through the canopy and blew it up. There were pieces on fire and falling everywhere. My plane started falling and flipping over. The oxygen mask had me blinded for a while."

Ultimate fate of this aircraft is unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
Horn Island page 17, 19, 21
Darwin's Air War (Revised Edition) page 50
Thanks to A. T. House for additional information

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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