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|Pilot 1st Lt. Joseph W. Todd (KIA, BR) TN
Crashed June 7, 1944
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40N Warhawk serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, Headquarters Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On June 6, 1944 took off from Hollandia on a flight to Tadji Airfield to identify the remains of Captain Russell C. Cash who died on March 22, 1944 in the crash of P-40N Warhawk 42-105738. Afterwards, his crash site and remains were found and recovered near Aitape by the U. S. Army.
On June 7, 1944 took off from Tadji Airfield piloted by Lt. Joseph W. Todd on a flight bound for Hollandia. After take off, his engine seized and his aircraft hit trees killing him instantly.
Recovery of Remains
After the crash, the pilot's body was recovered and transported to Hollandia for burial. Postwar, his remains were transported to the United States for permanent burial.
Wreckage of a P-40 with US markings in a sago swamp at the west side of Aitape is presumed to be this aircraft. The wing and engine are present, with other pieces of smaller wreckage. Two .50 caliber machine guns are displayed at the nearby village.
Postwar, Todd was buried at Green Hill Cemetery in Etowah, TN with both a grave stone and a memorial marker.
Protect & Avenge: The 49th Fighter Group in WWII pages 258-259
FindAGrave - Joseph William Todd grave lists date of death June 6, 1944
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