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  P-40N-5-CU Kittyhawk Serial Number NZ3169  
18 Squadron

Pilot  F/O Peter Shiers Rishworth, 412740 (MIA / KIA) Masterton, Wellington, NZ
MIA  November 22, 1943 at 6:45am

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 28784. Assigned U. S. Army serial number 42-105022. Disassembled and shipped overseas to New Zealand as part of defense aid.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Kittyhawk NZ3169. Reassembled by 1 Aircraft Depot at Hobsonville Airfield on August 11, 1943. Assigned to 18 Squadron coded "59". No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On November 22, 1943 took off piloted by F/O Peter S. Rishworth on a mission. This P-40 suffered engine problems then ditched into the sea off the Treasury Islands at approximately 6:45am. Pilot Rishworth was killed in the crash. This aircraft was officially written off on December 17, 1943.

Rishworth was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is commemorated at the Bourail Memorial at Bourail War Cemetery.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-40N-5-CU Warhawk 42-105022
"105022 (MSN 28784) to New Zealand as NZ3169. Assembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot, Hobsonville and BoC at Hobsonville on 11 August 1943. Coded "59". To No.18 Squadron. Crashed into sea near Treasury Islands at 0645 hours on 22 November 1943. The aircraft suffered engine problems and ditched into the sea."
CWGC - Peter Shiers Rishworth
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk NZ3169
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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January 12, 2019


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