KITTYHAWK SHOT DOWN
OVER GUN POINT, NT
ON 13 JUNE 1942

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P-40 Kittyhawk

 

USAAF Kittyhawk #41-25181, #50 of the 8th Fighter Squadron of the 49th Fighter Group, piloted by Lt. Pierre Alford, was shot down over Gun Point in the Northern Territory on 13 June 1942. This aircraft was originally A29-96 of the RAAF.

Lt. Alford was also strafed by two Zekes whilst he descended in his parachute. Lt. Earl Kingsley of the 8th Fighter Squadron made attacks against the two Zekes and forced them away from Alford as he descended in his parachute.  Lt. Kingsley was credited with one Zeke as a result of his efforts to protect Lt. Alford. Whilst only three 49th Fighter Group Warhawks were lost, the Japanese pilots claimed ten P-40s downed and two probables.

 

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