|Pilot 1st Lt Herbert H. Hill O-424950 (MIA / KIA) AR
Crashed November 22, 1942 at 10:20am
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number BW117. Painted in a three-color camouflage scheme. Instead, delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, 41st Fighter Squadron. Nose number
unknown. No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engine serial number 4879.
On November 22, 1942 took off 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby on a mission against Buna. Over the target, shot down and crashed near Buna Airfield. Hill was seen to parachute out over the middle of the airfield and was presumed to have been taken prisoner or executed.
Hill was officially declared dead on December 13, 1945. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 16288 was created retroactively and incorrectly lists the aircraft type as a "P-40"
Joe Baugher "Airacobra I for RAF, P-400"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Herbert H. Hill
FindAGrave - 1Lt Herbert H Hill (tablets of the missing photo)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39 (P-400) Airacobra BW 105
Thanks to Edward Rogers for research and analysis
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January 5, 2018