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  P-40E-1-CU Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-101  

Pilot  W/O Francis Pentland Shelley, RAAF 402408 (MIA / KIA) Manly, NSW
MIA  August 11, 1942

Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
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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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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