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  P-40K Warhawk Serial Number ?  
USAAF
11th AF
343rd FG
18th FS

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U. S. Army August 1943

Pilot  F/O Joseph Levy (KIA, BR)
Crashed  July 24, 1943


Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army serial number unknown.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 11th Air Force, 343rd Fighter Group, 18th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On July 24, 1943 took off from Amchitka Airfield on a mission over Kiska Island. Over the target, this P-40 was shot down by anti-aircraft fire.

Wreckage
Japanese forces located the crash site and recovered the pilot's body and buried his remains.

Memorials
The Japanese Navy erected a wooden cross and a memorial marker that read: "Sleeping here a brave air-man who last youth and happiness for his mother land - July 25 Nippon Navy". Note, since Kiska was across the international dateline, the Japanese listed the date of loss as July 25.

This grave was located and photographed by the U. S. Army when they reached the area in the middle of August 1943. In one photo, the grave is on bare ground. In another photo a circle of rocks was placed around the grave. Afterwards, his remains were exhumed and permanently buried at Long Island National Cemetery at section H site 9041.

References
IRAC P-40K Warhawk 43-0724 - not a P-40K serial number
Thanks to Ted Darcy / WFI Research Group for additional information

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

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