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  P-40N Warhawk Serial Number ?  
USAAF
5th AF
49th FG
HQ Squadron

Pilot  Lt. Joseph William Todd (KIA) TN
Crashed  June 7, 1944
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, 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 Russell C. Cash who had crashed, and remains were located by U. S. Army soldiers.

Mission History
On June 7, 1944 Todd took off from Tadji Airfield to fly back to Hollandia. After take off, his engine siezed after take off and hit trees on the western edge of the runway and crashed, killing him instantly. His body was recovered and transported back to Hollandia.

Wreckage
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.

Memorials
Remains recovered afterwards. Postwar, Todd's remains were transported to the United States and he was permanently buried at Green Hill Cemetery in Etowah, TN.

References
Protect & Avenge: The 49th Fighter Group in WWII
, page 258-259
FindAGrave - Joseph William Todd grave lists date of death June 6, 1944

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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