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  P-40N-5-CU "The Saint" Serial Number 42-105526 Cowl 1
USAAF
5th AF
49th FG
7th FS

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via WRG 2001

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 29282. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 7th Fighter Squadron. Assigned to pilot Captain Carl L. Aubrey. Nicknamed "The Saint".

On October 15, 1943 took off piloted by Aubrey and intercepted a D3A Val over Oro Bay, but no victory credit was awarded to him. Abandoned at Finschafen Airfield.

Wreckage
Until 1974, remained in situ at Finschafen Airfield. Salvaged in 1974 by Charles Darby and Monty Armstrong.

Restoration
The tail was shipped to Yesterday's Air Force at Chino Airport, CA.

The fuselage was shipped to Australia and sold to Ian Whitney who owned it during 1974–1989 and undertook some restoration work. Next, sold to Woodstock Aviation, Santa Rosa CA. Then, sold to Mike Nicholls of Blenheim, New Zealand.

Under restoration since 2002 to airworthy status with final restoration being completed at Pioneer Aero Restorations Ltd. (Pioneer Aero).

References
Protect & Avenge page 198 photo of this aircraft with Aubrey
Classic Fighters - P-40N 42-105526 (via Wayback Machine as of May 25, 2006)
"This aircraft was recovered from Tadji in New Guinea in the late 1970's and was subsequently stored in Australia. Current owner Mike Nicholls acquired the aircraft from Ian Whitney in Victoria, Australia in 1994. Restoration to date has centred on the fuselage, which is now structurally complete and ready for the installation of systems. Mike has recently started work on the starboard wing which is now being dismantled for repair.
Currently about 95% of the parts needed for the aircraft's restoration have been obtained, but items needed are prop blades, spinner, 27 inch wheels (most P40's had 30 inch wheels) and some of the cowlings/fairings. Mike has a good stock of spares for trading, so if you have any of the parts he's looking for, let us know."

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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