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  P-40N-5-CU Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-581  
78 Squadron

Former Assignments
80 Squadron

RAAF c1944

Pilot  Sgt Stanley Jack Hattersley, 431282 (MIA / KIA) Blackburn, VIC
MIA  November 27, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Assigned to the U. S. Army Air Force serial number 42-105727. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
During November 1943 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk A29-581. Assigned to 78 Squadron with fuselage code HU-W. Afterwards, to 15 ARDRP for repair. On March 4, 1944 assigned to 80 Squadron. On June 12, 1944 transfered back to 78 Squadron.

On October 22, 1944 took off from Kamiri Airfield on Noemfoor Island piloted Sgt Bruce Arthur Oswald, 434650 during gunnery practice and blew the aircraft's machine gun blast tubes on a mission near Noemfoor but returned safely. Afterwards, the aircraft was repaired and returned to the squadron on November 18, 1944.

Mission History
On November 27, 1944 took off from Kamiri Airfield on Noemfoor Island piloted by Hattersley on a mission against Sorong. Off Cape Noejew, this aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the sea. Smoke was seen on surface of the water approximately 1000 yards north of Doom Island near Sorong. When this aircraft failed to return, it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

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

CWGC - Stanley Jack Hattersley
ADF Serials - P-40 Kittyhawk A29-581

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Last Updated
May 21, 2018


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