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Bill Thompson 1979
|Pilot 2nd Lt. Harvey Martin (survived)
Ditched June 7, 1942
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Curtiss-Wright number 563 (CW-563). Constructors Number 16535. On December 15, 1941 Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40E Warhawk serial number 41-5543. Assigned to "Project X" on December 30, 1941. Disassembled and shipped overseas bound for the Philippines but while in transit was diverted to Australia arriving on Jaunary 30, 1942 and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 49th Fighter Group, 8th Fighter Squadron. Assigned to Lt. Clyde H. Barnett and nicknamed "Janet" with squadron number 55.
On June 7, 1942 took off from Darwin and ditched into shallow water at the surf line off the Cox Peninsula. Officially, this P-40 was written off on June 16, 1942.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-40E Warhawk 41-5543
Thanks to Bob Alford for additional information
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