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  P-40E Warhawk Serial Number A29-159 Code C
RAAF
1 CRD

Former Assignments
12 RSU
76 Squadron
75 Squadron
10 RSU
82 Squadron
2 OTU

USAAF
5th AF
49th FG
9th FS

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. C. W. Number 667. Constructors Number 16639. Delivered to the U. S. Army, serial number 41-5647. Disassembled and shipped to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 9th Fighter Squadron. Assigned to Lt. John D. Landers. Nicknamed "Skeeter" on the left side of the nose in block letters painted in white with the nose art was a duck figure holding a machine gun painted on the left side of the nose and a eagle motif on the fuselage forward of the U. S. star insignia. During early 1942, this P-40 operated from Livingstone Airfield (34 Mile) near Darwin.

On April 4, 1942 pilot Lt. John D. Landers took off to intercept G4M1 Betty bombers attacking Darwin. At high altitude, he shot down G4M1 Betty Tail T-361 over the Cox Peninsula.

During September 1942, assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), as Kittyhawk A29-159. Assigned to 12 RSU then allocated to 76 Squadron but instead on October 17, 1942 assigned to 75 Squadron with code C. Nicknamed "Skeeter" on the left cowl below the exhaust.

Modified by 10 RSU with a glycol system, then on October 14, 1943 assigned to 82 Squadron for several days then to 2 OTU on July 28, 1944. and stored by 1 CRD on August 7, 1945.

Wreckage
This P-40 was used as a target on Weribee bombing range. During April 1948 destroyed as a target.

References
Protect & Avenge page 60-61 (photo)
ADF Serials - A29-159
Thanks to Bob Alford for additional information

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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