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  P-40F-15-CU Warhawk Serial Number 41-19834  
13th AF
347th FG
70th FS
(44th FS Detachment)

Pilot  2nd Lt. Joseph W. Hill, O-740420 (POW, executed)
Crashed  August 25, 1943
MACR  465

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40F-15-CU Warhawk serial number 41-19834. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 347th Fighter Group, 70th Fighter Squadron. No know nickname or nose art. This aircraft was assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron Detachment (44th FS Detachment) operating from Fighter 2 (Kukum) on Guadalcanal. When lost, engine V-1660-1 serial number 41-19934.

Mission History
On August 25, 1943 took off from Segi Airfield on New Georgia Island piloted by 2nd Lt. Joseph W. Hill on a mission to escort six B-24 Liberators over Kahili Airfield (Buin) on Bougainville. Leaving the target, this P-40 was seen to be smoking slightly and loosing power at approximately 3:50pm (time unclear on Missing Air Crew Report 465, might be 4:30pm). Last seen to the north of Ballale Island. When this aircraft failed to return, Hill was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Captain Jack A. Bade stated in MACR on August 30, 1943:
"The last I saw of Lt. Hill's plane was near Ballale. We had made the run with bombers over Kahili and were returning to Segi Field. His plane lost power and seemed to be under control as he left the formation. He could have been hit by Jap AA, Zeros or by our own aircraft."

Bailed out or ditched, Hill was captured by the Japanese and became a Prisoner Of War (POW). Transported to Rabaul he was turned over to 6th Kempei Tai (Military Police) at Rabaul. He was detained as a prisoner. On March 5, 1944 executed during the Tunnel Hill massacre.

Hill was officially declared dead on March 5, 1944. His remains were recovered post war and transported back to the United States for permanent burial. On March 21, 1950 buried in a group burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery section 78 grave 930-934.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-40F-15-CU Warhawk 41-19834
"19834 (70th FS, 18th FG) lost Aug 25, 1943, Solomon Islands. MACR 465"
Missing Air Crew Report 465 (MACR 465)
NARA Records of World War II Prisoners of War - Joseph W. Hill date of report 8/26/43 Rabaul POW Camp
FindAGrave - Joseph W. Hill (group burial photo)

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Last Updated
December 30, 2018


Tech Info

1 Prisoner
Remains Recovered

August 30, 1943
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