Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York during 1941. Constructors Number 19138. Delivered to the U. S. Army as P-40E-1 Kittyhawk serial number 41-25119. Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number ET443. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.
During April 1942 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk serial number A29-87. While being unloaded at the docks, this aircraft was damaged and assigned to 1 Air Depot (1 AD) for repairs on April 9, 1942.
On April 20, 1942 returned to the U. S. Army at Laverton Field. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 9th Fighter Squadron. Assigned to Captain Selman. Nicknamed "Eaglebeak". Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
Cowlings and parts from this aircraft were recovered and used along with the rear fuselage of P-40N A29-1210 in the restoration of P-40E Kittyhawk A29-28 acquired by the RAAF Museum at Point Cook and stored at the museum. On May 20, 2016 this P-40 was transported aboard a trailer from RAAF Museum at Point Cook to Precision Airmotive at Wangaretta Airport.
ADF Serials - P-40 Kittyhawk A29-87
Facebook - RAAF Museum and Heritage Centres May 20, 2016 (photo)
"The Bostons were not the only aircraft which departed from Point Cook today for Wangaratta. Kittyhawk, A29-28, also moved out to undergo a facelift at Wangaratta over the next couple of months before rejoining the Museum, hopefully looking much better than she does now."
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January 31, 2018