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|Pilot 1st Lt Robert Parker, O-661368 (MIA / KIA) MI
MIA November 15, 1943 at 10:05am
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40N Warhawk serial number 42-105509. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 35th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Squadron letter "W" was painted on both sides of the nose. The spinner was painted yellow with a white stripe on the leading edge of the wing and the lower sides of the nose. When lost, engine V-1710-81 serial number 43-107725. Weapon serial numbers unknown.
On November 15, 1943 took off from 3-Mile Drome (Kila) near Port Moresby piloted by 1st Lt. Parker on a patrol mission over Kaiapit to Lae with wingman Lt. West.
Over Kaiapit, the formation encountered Japanese fighters they claimed to be "Zeros" [Ki-43 Oscars from the 248th Sentai]. During the combat, West claimed to shoot down a "Zero" [Ki-43 Oscar] off the tail of Parker's P-40, then Parker made a diving turn and shot a Zero off the West's tail, and claimed a fighter shot down.
Pulling up towards another, this P-40 collided with a "Zero" [Ki-43 Oscar] tearing off the wing and causing the P-40 it to spin towards the ground, north of Sagarak near Kaiapit at roughly Lat 06.12 Long 146.10.
Neither pilot in the collision was observed to bail out. Wingman west followed this P-40 down to 500', but did not observe it to crash. Parker failed to return and was officially credited with two fighters shot down.
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