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IJA May 19, 1942

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the Far East Air Force (FEAF) based in the Philippines. Painted with shark mouth markings on the side of the nose.

After the Japanese attack on the Philippines, this P-40 flew many combat missions between December 8, 1941 and early May 1942.

Finally, operated from Maramag Airfield on Mindanao. When American forces abandoned Maramag during early May 1942, this P-40 Warhawk was left hidden in the jungle near the airfield, along with another P-40 and a PAAC Stearman biplane 76D3. The P-40's distributor caps were removed and thrown into the toilet to disable them.

Discovered by the Japanese when they occupied Maramag Airfield, this P-40 was inspected by Ki-27 pilot Lt. Yasushi Ushijima from the 84th Dokoritsu Chutai. On May 19, 1942 several American prisoners from the Prisoner Of War (POW) compound near Malaybalay Lt. Charley Sneed, Winston Glover (?) and another pilot were taken to Maramag and allowed to fly the planes to Malaybalay Airfield. On the ground, one of the P-40s with "Shark Mouth" markings was photographed by the Japanese at the airfield.

Next, the three planes were then flown to Davao Airfield, with the American POWs flying the P-40s and Japanese pilot Ushijima flying the Stearman.

At the airfield, Lt. Charley Sneed was asked to perform aerobatics with the newer P-40. Afterwards, they ferried the aircraft northward but were not allowed to take parachutes and told all would be shot if one tried to escape. The P-40s were piloted by Crosland and Erickson plus an American mechanic in the biplane and escorted by three Ki-46 Dinahs. Near the destination there was bad weather and the older P-40 landed at a small airfield until the storm passed then landed at Nichols Field. This was the last flight by FEAF aircraft during the Philippines campaign.

References
Doomed At The Start page 422-426

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January 9, 2018

 

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