|Pilot 1st Lt Donald H. Lee, Jr., O-430931 (rescued)
Crashed July 14, 1943
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army.
Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 7th Fighter Squadron. Nicknamed "Pistoff".
On March 5, 1943 took off piloted by Lee on a combat mission over Lae. During the flight he claimed a Ki-43 Oscar shot down over Malahang.
On July 14, 1943 took off from Dobodura on a mission over Lae. Over the target, Lee claimed his fourth victory a D3A Val. Afterwards, this P-40's cooling system was damaged, likely by the Val's rear gunner and his engine seized forcing him to bail out over the Huon Gulf near Lasanga Island off Lake Salus.
Lee landed unhurt into the sea. After 30 minutes, he was rescued by PT-150 and returned to duty.
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May 3, 2016