|Pilot W/O Bruce Allen McHardie, 413441 (MIA / KIA) Otago, NZ
MIA June 1, 1944
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 30693. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40N-20-CU Warhawk serial number 43-22954. Disassembled and shipped overseas to New Zealand as part of defense aid.
Delivered to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Kittyhawk NZ3125. Reassembed by No. 1 Aircraft Depot at Hobsonville Airfield on November 24, 1943. Assigned to 17 Squadron coded "N". No known nickname or nose art.
On June 1, 1944 took off from W/O Bruce A. McHardie on a mission. While conducting a strafing run near Cape Saint George on the southeastern tip of New Ireland this P-40 was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the sea.
McHardie was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is commemorated at the Bourail Memorial panel 6.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-40N-20-CU Warhawk serial number 43-22954
"22954 (MSN 30893) to RAF as Kittyhawk IV FX694. then to SAAF, then to RAAF, then back to RAF. Crashed Mar 20, 1945 after pilot bailed out following engine failure. Also listed as going to New Zealand as NZ3215. Assembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot, Hobsonville and BoC at Hobsonville on 24 November 1943. Coded "N". To No.17 Squadron. Crashed into the sea after being hit by flak during a strafing run near Cape St. George on 1 June 1944 22955 to RAF as Kittyhawk IV FX695. SOC Aug 23, 1945"
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk NZ3215
CWGC - Bruce Allen McHardie
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile
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January 12, 2019