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  P-40F Warhawk Serial Number ?  
USAAF
5th AF
49th FG
8th FS

Pilot  2nd Lt Stanley J. Hunter, O-727470 (MIA / KIA) CA
MIA  April 3, 1943 at 8:05am
MACR  none

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, 49th Fighter Group, 8th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On April 3, 1943 took off from Port Moresby on a patrol mission over Cape Ward Hunt. At an altitude of between 5,000 - 6,000', the flight made a sharp turn to the left. During this turn, this went under P-40E piloted by 2nd Lt Moose while making a cross-over in an element maneuver. Lt. Moose attempted to pull up, but impacted in the cockpit area. Both aircraft smoked and fell out of control into the sea about two miles offshore from Douglas Harbor.

Search
Afterwards, an intensive search was carried out but Lt. Moose was never found.

Memorials
Hunter was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
49th Fighter Group History
Casualty File 1st Lt Robert A. Moose
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Stanley J. Hunter
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-40 Kittyhawk piloted by Hunter

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
P-40

MIA
MIA
1 Missing

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