April 25, 1944
Pioneer Aero 2002
|Former Pilot F/Sgt James Denman Harvey, 418408 (survived)
Force Landed April 25, 1944
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York during the middle of 1943 as the second to last P-40N-1 built. Constructors Number 399. Assigned U. S. Army Air Force serial number 42-104827. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia as part of a shipment of 400 P-40N-1s under lend lease.
During July 1943, assigned to the
Royal Australia Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk A29-414. Reassembled by 2 Air Depot (2 AD). On March 8, 1943 assigned to 78 Squadron with code HU-Z. Nicknamed "Come In Suckers" on the lower cowling, with the nose art of a woman painted during January or February 1944. On April 11, 1944 it returned to squadron service after an engine change from 11 RSU.
On April 25, 1944 took off pilot Harvey on a mission. While landing at Tadji Airfield, the left undercarriage collapsed, causing the P-40 to stand on its nose, flip over and burst into flames. Harvey managed to escape uninjured. The accident was witnessed by Arch Simpson, as he was in the landing pattern waiting
to land. Afterwards, the aircraft was pushed off the side of the strip and
abandoned. On June 26, 1944 it was converted to components and stricken.
Until 2001, the wreckage of this Kittyhawk remained in situ.
During 2001, salvaged by Robert
Greinert / HARS and exported.
Later, this P-40 was sold to Garth Hogan / Pioneer
Aero and shipped to New Zealand. Restoration was begun with nearly all of the major components
available in the wreck. During the restoration, the Curtiss constructors number "399" was located on the left lower longeron.
During 2002, offered for sale as a P-40 project by Pioneer
Aero / Paul McSweeny adds:
"Until 2005, Pioneer still has the fuselage and a pair of damaged wings which originated from PNG. These were purchased on the open market in 2006. Details of the transaction are subject to commercial confidentiality."
In late 2006, Pioneer
Aero sold this project to Michael Potter / Vintage Wings of Canada but Pioneer continued to complete all restoration work. On April 25, 2009, with Harvey's family in attendance, this P-40 made its first flight, 65 years after its crash landing.
Transported to Canada, on July 6, 2009 this P-40 was registered by "6575331 Canada Inc." in Ontario registration (mark): C-FVWC. Canadian Corporation "6575331 Canada Inc." at 62 John Street, Ottawa, ON K1M1M3 with director Michael Urwin Potter. Painted in the markings of RCAF 260 Squadron P-40 FR3?? code HS-B piloted by Stocky Edwards, an ace who flew in North Africa.
Former pilot James Harvey passed away on August 1, 1998.
Note, some sources state its USAAF serial number was 42-104826, but this is an error.
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-414
Pioneer Aero - P-40N "Come In Suckers" Offered For Sale via Wayback Machine May 25, 2012
Pioneer Aero - RAAF W/O James Harvey via Wayback Machine November 25, 2003
Warbird Depot - Vintage Wings of Canada's Curtiss P-40N-1 Kittyhawk
Canadian Civil Aircraft Register - C-FVWC
Flypast "A Visit With The World's Premier P-40 Specialists"
Canadian Civil Aircraft Registry (CCAR) - C-FVWC
Canadian Federal Corporation Information - 6575331 Canada Inc.
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May 3, 2016