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  P-40B Warhawk Serial Number 41-13297 Code 284
USAAF
7th AF
18th PG
19th PS

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USAAC c1941

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via Rocker 2007

Pilot  1st Lt Kenneth W. Sprankle, O-22823 18th PG, 6th PS (KIA) IN
Crashed  January 24, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York during 1941. Constructor Number 16073. Delivered to the U. S. Army during March 1941.

Wartime History
During April 1941, assigned to the 18th Pursuit Group, 19th Pursuit Squadron based at Wheeler Field on Oahu. No known nickname or nose art.

During October 1941, this P-40 made a wheels up landing at Wheeler Field. Afterwards, transported to a hanger and placed under repair. On December 7, 1941 during the Japanese attack on Oahu, this aircraft survived undamaged. Afterwards, repairs were completed and the plane returned to flying status.

Mission History
Took off from Wheeler Field on a patrol mission over Oahu. Over the Koolau Range, this P-40 spun into the ground, killing the pilot in the crash. When lost, this aircraft had only 56 hours of flight time.

Memorials
Sprankle is buried at the Honolulu National Cemetery (Punchbowl) at Plot M Row 0 Grave 289

Wreckage
Remained in situ until 1985. During 1985, the wreckage was rediscovered and parts were recovered. During 1989 another salvage operation recovered the rest of the aircraft.

Restoration
Restored by the Curtiss Wright Historical Association / Project Tomahawk, using parts from 39-285, 39-287. The fuselage was restored by 2001. Purchased by the The Fighter Collection in Duxford, England during 2003 and registered as G-CDWH.

Additional restoration was completed by Planes of Fame / The Fighter Rebuilders. Registration G-CDWH canceled Jan 2, 2007 and registered in the United States as N80FR temporarily for test flights, completed on April 17, 2007. Painted in U. S. Army markings with fuselage code 284.

During July 2007 arrived at The Fighter Collection and registered again as G-CDWH.

During December 2013, purchased for "several million dollars" by an anonymous sponsor for Collings Foundation / Robert Collings. This P-40 was disassembled and shipped from the United Kingdom to the United States. As of late August 2014, this P-40 arrived at American Aero Services for reassembly and flight testing.

References
Flight Journal, June 2007
Warbird Registry - Warhawk/41-13297
FAA N-Number Inquiry N80FR
The Fighter Collection Curtiss P-40B Warhawk Bu No 41-13297 (G-CDWH)
AP "Rare warplane that survived Pearl Harbor attack returning to US" December 7, 2013
Collins Foundation P-40B Tomahawk Bu 41-13297
Warbirds News "Unique P-40B Arrives At American Aero Services" August 24, 2014

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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