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No. 75 Squadron
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
Wartime History
PacificWrecks.comOn March 4, 1942 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) No. 75 Squadron was formed at Garbutt Field at Townsville under the command of Squadron Leader Peter Jeffery equipped with P-40E Kittyhawks.

On March 21, 1942 the first four Kittyhawks from the squadron land at 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby as the first fighter aircraft to defend the area. Two hours later, two Kittyhawk pilot F/O Barry Cox and Kittyhawk pilot F/L John Piper intercept G4M1 Betty pilot Kawai on a solo reconnaissance mission and shot down causing it to crash into the sea one mile west of Basilisk Light to the south of Port Moresby.

PARTIAL HISTORY

On March 24, 1942 two Kittyhawks including P-40E A29-7 piloted by F/L Les Jackson intercept a Japanese air raid over Port Moresby. Jackso claims his first aerial victory (in fact, no Japanese aircraft were lost).

On March 27, 1942 in the morning at 7 Mile Drome P-40E A29-19 piloted by P/O Ronald K. C. O'Connor and P-40E Kittyhawk A29-15 piloted by F/O Woods took off on a patrol. Later, P-40E pilot Piper and P-40E pilot Bailey took off to intercept G4M1 Bettys east of Port Moresby and damage G4M1 Betty commanded by Fujii that crashed inland from Rigo.

On April 7, 1942 six Kittyhawks took off on a mission to escort U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) A-24 Dive Bombers from the 8th Bombardment Squadrons (8th BS) on a strike against Lae.

On April 11, 1942 Kittyhawks took off on a fighter sweep over Lae. Over the north coast of New Guinea, intercepted by A6M2 Zero. Lost is P-40E Kittyhawk A29-38 pilot Sgt David S. Brown (POW, executed) force landed at Salamaua.

PARTIAL HISTORY

On January 27, 1944 at 8:20am one of twelve Kittyhawks led by S/L J. H. Kinninmont took off from Nadzab Airfield on a strafing mission against Jomba Island (Yomba) to the east of Madang. During one of the strafing runs at 9:20am P-40N "Ishkabibble" A29-530 (KIA) collided with P-40N A29-523 piloted by F/Sgt James McLaren Stirling (MIA).

References
NAA Operations record book (forms A50 & A51), 75 Squadron. [Unit history sheets] (NAA: A9186, 95)
AWM - No. 75 Squadron
War Diary 1942 (1984) by George Johnston page 40 (March 21, 1942), 43 (March 24, 1942)
"[March 21, 1942] 21 Saturday R.A.A.F. fighters arrive...."
"Fighter Squadron Doctor: 75 Squadron RAAF New Guinea 1942" (1989) by William Deane Butcher
Seek and Strike 75 Squadron RAAF 1942-2002 (2002) by David J Wilson
The Whole Nine Yards The Story Of An ANZAC P-40 (2002) by John King
44 Days 75 Squadron and the fight for Australia (2016) by Michael Veitch


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