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  P-40N-40-CU Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-1210 | A29-1462  
RAAF
14 RSU

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RAAF May 20, 2016

Pilot  F/O Christopher Vincent Madigan, 408856 (KIA, BR) Middle Park, VIC
Crashed  November 15, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Assigned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40N-40-CU serial number 44-47812. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
During February 1945, assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk A29-1210. Assigned to 14 Repair Salvage Unit (14 RSU). This aircraft had two different serial numbers painted on the airframe. On the left side was serial number A29-1210. On the right side was serial number A29-1462. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On November 15, 1945 took off from Tadji Airfield piloted by F/O Christopher Vincent Madigan. During the landing approach, this aircraft suffered a mid-air collision with P-40N Kittyhawk A29-527 over Tadji. This Kittyhawk slowed down, broke to the right in a left circuit and flipped over and crashed, killing the pilot. Afterwards, his remains were recovered.

Memorials
Madigan was officially declared dead that day of the crash. He was permanently buried at Lae War Cemetery at GG. C. 1.

Wreckage
This aircraft was salvaged from Tadji Airfield and shippd to Australia. During 1988-1998 the tail section of this P-40 plus cowling/parts from P-40E Warhawk 41-25119 were use in the restoration of P-40E Kittyhawk A29-28 part of the RAAF Museum at Point Cook collection.

References
CWGC - Christopher Vincent Madigan
WW2 Nominal Roll - Christopher Vincent Madigan
ADF Serials - P-40N Kittyhawk A29-1210
RAAFDB - P-40N Kittyhawk A29-1210
RAAFDB - Christopher Vincent Madigan

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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