|Pilot P/O Stanley Burfield Hunt, 412078 (KIA, BR) Gladesville, NSW
Crashed January 27, 1944
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Assigned U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40N-5-CU Warhawk serial number 42-105716. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
During September 1943 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk serial number A29-530. Reassembled by 13 ARDRP.
Assigned to 75 Squadron on November 11, 1943. Coded GA-I. Nicknamed "Ishkabibble" painted on the cowling in script with red letters with white shading above. This was the second aircraft with this nickname. Assigned to pilot F/O Ben Weston.
On January 27, 1944 at 8:20am took off from Nadzab Airfield piloted by P/O Stanley Burfield Hunt as one of twelve Kittyhawks led by S/L J. H. Kinninmont, C. O. of 75 Squadron on a strafing mission against Jomba Island (Yomba) to the east of Madang. During one of the strafing runs at 9:20am, P/O Hunt approached from northwest followed by F/Sgt Crowthers at the same time this P-40 made its approach from the west from about 2,000'. It appears P/O Hunt saw P-40N A29-523 and attempted to pull away to starboard but still collided with it causing both aircraft to exploded on impact. Both pilots were killed in the collision and were declared Missing In Action (MIA).
After the impact, P-40N A29-523 crashed into the sea and this aircraft crashed on the western side of Jomba Island (Yomba) and started a fire on the ground.
On Jomba Island (Yomba), the Luluwai (chief) of the island witnessed the collision and saw wreckage falling onto the sea (wreckage of P-40N A29-523) and other wreckage impacting the western side of the island causing a fire (wreckage of this aircraft). Afterwards, he located the partial remains of one of the pilot and buried him on the island.
During late April 1944 when the Australian Army occupied the Madang area. Afterwards, Lt. Ireland of Australia New Guinea Administrative Unit (ANGAU) learned about the collision of aircraft and that one of the pilot's was buried on Jomba Island (Yomba).
On September 11, 1944 the Australian Army 18th Australian War Graves Unit visited the crash site and located markings and numbers including "L. H. EXHUST 87-29-705-60" and a fragment of nose art with "Ishkabibble". Also, part number "67-50-015R Model P-40 WT Empty 55 lbs WT of liquid 29 surface 147 sq ft". Later, the RAAF confirmed these to be associated with A29-530 and thus the remains recovered associated with pilot Hunt.
Recovery of Remains
After the recovery of remains on September 11, 1944, Hunt's remains were identified in November 1944 and buried at Madang War Cemetery at grave AD 12.
Hunt was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After his remains were recovered, he was permanently buried at Lae War Cemetery on M. A. 11.
RAAF Casualty File - Stanley Burfield Hunt (NAA: A705, 166/18/265)
RAAF Operations Record Book (forms A50 & A51), 75 Squadron page 443 (NAA: A9186, 95)
"0920L 2 A/C A29-523 and A29-530 pilot by F/SG. Stirling and P/O Hunt collided over target in Madang area. Both pilots were killed and both aircraft were destroyed."
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-530
Stanley Burfield Hunt
AWM - Stanley Burfield Hunt
Aviation Heritage - Stanley Burfield Hunt
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January 27, 2019