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  P-40N-15-CU Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-568  
75 Squadron

Pilot  F/Sgt Peter Frederick Guster, 417834 (MIA / KIA) Henley Beach, SA
Crashed  August 23, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Assigned U. S. Army Air Force serial number 42-106371. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
During November 1943, assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk A29-568. Assigned to 2 Air Depot (2 AD) and placed into storage. On January 17, 1944 received by 5 Air Depot (5 AD). Next assigned to 11 RSURP and 15 ARDRP. On June 7, 1944 assigned to 75 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On August 23, 1944 one of eight fighters that took off from Kamiri Airfield on Noemfoor Island on a mission against Babo. Apparently shot down by anti-aircraft fire over the target, crashing into Maccluer Gulf. Reported as "Rolling slightly onto its back and diving from 1,000' vertically into the sea. Canopy still closed when aircraft struck water and pilot did not bail out."

Guster was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at the Lae Memorial, panel 7 at Lae War Cemetery.

ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-568
CWGC - Peter Frederick Guster

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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