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U.S. Army August 1943
Glenn January 13, 2014
|Pilot F/O Joseph Levy (KIA, BR)
Crashed July 24, 1943
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40K Warhawk serial number unknown (42-???? or 42-?????) last four or five digits unknown.
Assigned to the 11th Air Force (11th AF), 343rd Fighter Group (343rd FG), 18th Fighter Squadron (18th FS). No known nose art or nickname.
On July 24, 1943 took off from Amchitka Airfield piloted by F/O Joseph Levy on a mission over Kiska Island. Over the target, shot down by anti-aircraft fire and crashed on Kiska Island.
Afterwards, Japanese personnel found the crash site and buried Levy's body.
The Japanese Navy erected a wooden cross and a memorial marker that read: "Sleeping here a brave air-man who last youth and happiness for his mother land - July 25 Nippon Navy". Note, since Kiska was across the international dateline, the Japanese listed the date of loss as July 25, 1943.
Recovery of Remains
In the middle of August 1943, his grave was found and photographed by the U.S. Army. In one photo, the grave is on bare ground. In another photo a circle of rocks was placed around the grave. Afterwards, his remains were exhumed and permanently buried at Long Island National Cemetery at section H site 9041.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Joseph Levy
July 1943 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports does not list this loss
Daily News "Sachs Quality Furniture Company Inc. – Just A Kid Named Joe" September 16, 1943
FindAGrave - FLT O Joseph Levy (photo, grave photo)
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