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  P-40E Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-13 Code O
RAAF
75 Squadron

Pilot  F/O Philip Francis Grant Harbottle, 408012 (KIA, BR) Hobart, Tasmania
Crashed  July 12, 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 A29-13 and reassembled by 1 Air Depot (1 AD). Assigned to No 75 Squadron on March 8, 1942 and delivered on March 16, 1942. Fuselage code "O". No known nickname or nose art.

On March 18, 1942 this P-40 took off from Garbutt Field at Townsville piloted by Sgt David Stuart Brown. While landing, this P-40 suffered an accident and was badly damaged. Pilot Brown was unhurt.

On March 24, 1942 this P-40 was noted as unservicable indefinitely. On April 7, 1942 assigned to 5 Air Depot (5 AD) for repairs. On May 29, 1942 returned to 75 Squadron.

Mission History
On July 12, 1942 this P-40 failed to recover from a dive at 10:50am and crashed at Lark Hill roughly 4 miles east of Marburg, Queensland. Pilot Harbottle was killed on impact.

Wreckage
Afterwards, the crash site was located and Harbottle's remains were recovered and the aircraft salvaged. On August 13, 1943 the wreckage was received by 3 Air Depot (3 AD) for conversion to components during August 14-19, 1942.

Memorials
Harbottle was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After his remains were recovered, he was buried at Ipswich General Cemetery at row C, grave 2.

References
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-13
RAAFDB - Kittyhawk A29-13
RAAFDB - Philip Francis Grant Harbottle
Oz @ War - Crash of a P-40E Kittkyhawk at Garbutt Airfield, Townsville, QLD on 18 March 1942
Oz @ War - Crash of a P-40E Kittyhawk 4 miles east of Marburg, QLD on 12 July 1942

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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