|Pilot Flying Officer Lindsay David Hutton, 41173 (MIA / KIA) Riccarton, Canterbury, NZ
Crashed November 16, 1943 at 4:50pm
Hutton was born in Christchurch on September 25, 1920 and joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) on January 3, 1941. On November 1, 1943 he was credited with a Zero shot down over Empress Augusta Bay. On the date of his loss, he was 23 and had flown a total of 962 hours.
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo in New York. Cosnstructor Number 29084. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40N-5-CU Warhawk serial number 42-105322. Disassembled and shipped overseas to New Zealand as part of defense aid.
Assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Kittyhawk NZ3166. On August 9, 1943 assembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot at Hobsonville Airfield. Assigned to 18 Squadron with tail code "53".
On November 16, 1943 one of twelve P-40s from 18 Squadron strafing positions at Kieta and Tonolei Harbor and anti-aircraft positions on Ballale. Over the target, heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire was experienced, and the P-40s claimed several batteries silenced.
This P-40 was hit by anti-aircraft fire from the east side of Ballale Island. Streaming oil, this aircraft attempted to climb to 1,000-1,200' but instead dived into the sea crashing six miles south of Fauro Island at 4:50pm.
P/O R. W. Bremner observed a parachute was observed to open but only just above the water. In the sea, Hutton landed 150 yards from where the P-40 crashed. He was observed treading water, but then sank and disappeared, no further trace was seen after 20 minutes of searching. This aircraft was officially written off on December 17, 1943.
Hutton was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at Bourail Memorial at Bourail War Cemetery on panel 4.
USAF Serial Number Search Results -
P-40N-5-CU Warhawk 42-105322
"105322 (MSN 29084) to New Zealand as NZ3166. Assembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot, Hobsonville and BoC at Hobsonville on 9 August 1943. Coded "53". To No.18 Squadron. Damaged by flak during a strafing mission on 16 November 1943. The aircraft suffered from an engine failure and crashed into the sea near Fauro Island."
ADF Serials Kittyhawk NZ3166
Air-To-Air page 188, 193-194, 327
CWGC - Lindsay David Hutton
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January 12, 2019