Accident Curtiss P-40E Warhawk 40-628,
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Date:Friday 2 January 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic P40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Curtiss P-40E Warhawk
Owner/operator:79th PSqn /20th PGp USAAF
Registration: 40-628
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:2.5 miles southwest of Alvarado, California -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
On 2 January 1942 2nd Lt John Wilbur Gentry of 79th PSqn /20th PGp was killed when his P-40E 40-628 crashed at 15:40 hrs 2.5 miles southwest of Alvarado, California, while undergoing transition training. Civilian witnesses on the ground stated that the aircraft had been maneuvering in the vicinity before crashing to the ground in a vertical dive, exploding violently into flames upon impact.


"Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945. Volume 1, January 1941-June 1943", by Anthony J. Mireles. ISBN 0-7864-2788-4, page 40,_California

Revision history:

20-Dec-2021 20:43 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
12-Jan-2022 17:20 Nepa Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Narrative, Operator]

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