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|Pilot 2nd Lt George "Ed" Talbot (survived)
Force Landed December 20, 1942
Thirty minutes into the mission, the formation encountered severe weather and the aircraft ran short on fuel. The four P-40s force landed in a clearing atop Mount Santop on Erromango. All four pilots were unhurt in the landings. The two aircraft piloted by Little and Radzuikinas belly landed successfully. During the landing, this P-40 and P-40F "Pee Wee" 41-14112 went over an embankment and were badly damaged.
During 1996, shipped to the RNZAF Museum. Starting in 1997, additional restoration began in focusing on the fuselage, and converting the aircraft into an Allison V-1710-powered P-40E model, operated by the RNZAF. Most of the original structure of the aircraft was replaced. During 2002, work on the badly damaged wings began.
According to the RNZAF Museum - P-40 Kittyhawk restoration page:
While being restored, this P-40 was viewable by the public on the museum's behind the scenes tour in No. 2 hanger. The restoration was completed during May 2013. According to the museum, a total of 16 years of work and 22,319 hours of restoration effort were required to restore this aircraft. At one time, the markings of P-40E Kittyhawk NZ3024 were suggested for the paint scheme. Instead, painted in the markings of P-40 NZ3000 (this serial number was never assigned to any RNZAF P-40).
On June 20, 2013 RNZAF Museum had a public unveiling for this aircraft, prior to installation at the museum's aircraft hall.
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