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  P-40E Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-12 Code T
RAAF
75 Squadron

Pilot  F/O P. Scandratt (WIA, survived)
Crashed  April 17, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
During March 1942, delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk serial number A29-12. Assigned to 1 Air Depot (1 AD). Assigned to No 75 Squadron on March 8, 1942 with fuselage code T. No known nickname or nose art.

On March 28, 1942 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby at 13:10 hours along with P-40E A29-5 to intercept a large formation of Japanese aircraft approaching. During the air combat, P-40E A29-5 was shot down. This P-40 returned with battle damage including bullet holes in the main plane and fuselage tanks from air combat with A6M2 Zeros. Afterwards, repaired and returned to duty by April 7, 1942.

Mission History
On April 17, 1942 during take off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby pilot Scandratt blacked out and was injured suffering a concussion and back injuries. During the crash, this P-40 was considerably damaged and was written off.

Wreckage
After the crash, parts from this P-40 were salvaged by 3 Air Depot (3 AD) including engine parts, instruments and .50 caliber machine guns. Officially written off on April 30, 1942.

References
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-12

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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