|Pilot W/O Francis Pentland Shelley, RAAF 402408 (MIA / KIA) Manly, NSW
MIA August 11, 1942
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 19140. Assigned U. S. Army serial number 41-25121. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number ET445. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
During May 1942, delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk A29-101. Assigned to 2 OTU (2 OTU).
Curtiss P-40E-1-CU Warhawk 41-25168 was originally intended to be delivered to the RAAF as A29-101, but this was canceled on April 28, 1942.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - Curtiss P-40E-1 41-25121 (MSN 19140, ET445) to RAAF as A29-88 Apr 1942. Damaged at Turnbull strip 6/1943 and converted to components. Also listed as being A29-101.
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-101
"served with 2 OTU; (originally 41-25168 was allocated this Australian series number on 26/4/42 but returned to the USAAF that day); on 15/5/42 issued to 2 OTU (ex ET465); on 8/7/42 it was involved in a forced landing damaging the prop and undercarriage when the latter was not lowered; on 14/7/42 the radiator cowlings and undercarriage was damaged again in another forced landing; on 7/10/42 the starboard mainplane and aileron were damaged in another landing accident; on 18/4/43 the prop, the forward part of the fuselage, the port and starboard wing leading edge were damaged in an accident [cause?]; on 19/6/44 belly landed at Yelta Vic 19/6/44 when the engine stopped in flight; on 4/10/44 the engine failed and W/O N S Faulks was forced to land 7 miles NE of the Mildura strip; after this landing accident the a/c was converted to components."
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February 4, 2018