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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 Air Force (USAAF) as P-40N Warhawk serial number unknown. 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 took off from Tadji Airfield piloted by Lt. Joseph William Todd on a flight bound for Hollandia. After take off, his engine siezed and his aircraft hit trees on the western edge of the runway and crashed, killing him instantly.

Recovery of Remains
After the crash, the pilot's body was recovered and transported to Hollandia for burial. Postwar, Todd's remains were transported to the United States for permenant burial.

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
Postwar, Todd 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
May 14, 2018

 

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