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  P-40E-1 Kittyhawk Serial Number NZ3031 Tail XO-R
16 Squadron

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Tony Toufexis 2004
Pilot  Sgt Thomas Victor Marchant, 421076 (KIA, BR) Wanganui, NZ
Crashed  May 1, 1943 at 11:15 hours

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 19957. Assigned U. S. Army serial number 41-36124. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number ET770. Disassembled and shipped overseas as part of defense aid.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Kittyhawk NZ3031 and reassembled. Assigned to 16 Squadron with code XO-R. This aircraft operated from Woodbourne Airfield.

Mission History
On May 1, 1943 took off piloted by Sgt Thomas Victor Marchant on a training flight. While crossing a ridge it was caught in a downdraft and crashed into Wainuomata Hill near Wellington. On May 25, 1943 this Kittyhawk was officially written off.

Recovery of Remains
After the crash, Marchant's remains were recovered.

Marchant was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is buried at Wanganui Cemetery (Aramoho) at grave D. 1. 52.

The crash site includes landing gear legs and bits of fuselage. The engine is located 1km away.

ADF Serials Kittyhawk NZ3031
CWGC - Thomas Victor Marchant
Thanks to Tony Toufexis for this information, photos and video footage.

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June 29, 2019


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