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  P-40E-1-CU "Don't Worry" Serial Number 41-25181  
USAAF
5th AF
49th FG
8th FS


Daniel Leahy 2012

Pilot ┬áLt Pierre Alford, USAAF (survived)
Crashed  June 13, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 19200. Delivered to the U. S. Army as serial number 41-25181. Intended for delivery to the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a Kittyhawk Mark IA, with serial number ET505. Later intended for delivery to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEAIF). Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

After arrival in Australia, this P-40 was diverted to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk serial number A29-96 (later, P-40E 41-35966 was assigned to the RAAF as A29-96). After only four days with the RAAF the aircraft was returned to the U. S. Army and assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 8th Fighter Squadron. Nicknamed "Don't Worry".

Mission History
On June 13, 1942 took off on a mission over Darwin. During the mission, this P-40 was shot down by an A6M2 Zero of the 3rd Kokutai over Gunn Point, Northern Territory. Pilot Alford bailed out and survived.

Wreckage
During May 1944, the wreckage of this aircraft was located by the RAAF. The remains of the engine have since been recovered from the crash site and is now on display at the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre in Darwin.

References
Australia @ War - Kittyhawk Shot Down Over Gun Point on 13 June 1942
Joe Baugher's Website

Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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January 5, 2018

 

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