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(44th FS Detachment)
|Pilot 2nd Lt. Joseph W. Hill, O-740420 (POW, executed)
Crashed August 25, 1943
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.
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.
Captain Jack A. Bade stated in MACR on August 30, 1943:
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.
MIA / POW
August 30, 1943
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