|Pilot F/O Joseph Levy (KIA, BR)
Crashed July 24, 1943
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army serial number unknown.
Assigned to the 11th Air Force, 343rd Fighter Group, 18th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
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.
Japanese forces located the crash site and recovered the pilot's body and buried his remains.
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.
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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May 22, 2017