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|Pilot Lt. Joseph William Todd (KIA) 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 Russell C. Cash who had crashed, and remains were located by U. S. Army soldiers.
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 seized 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 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 permanently buried at Green Hill Cemetery in Etowah, TN.
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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