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|Pilot F/Sgt Philip Alfred Webb, 420105 (survived) Junee, NSW
Force Landed February 10, 1944
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Assigned U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40K-10-CU Warhawk serial number 42-10178. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.
During January 1943, delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk serial number A29-183. Reassembled by 2 Air Depot (2 AD). On February 22, 1943 assigned to 77 Squadron with code AM-H. Engine change with 26 RSU returned on September 22, 1943 and another engine change on November 15, 1943.
On February 10, 1944 took off from Vivigani Airfield on Goodenough Island and the pilot was blinded by oil and crash landed wheels up from 100' and was uninjured. Afterwards, on March 9, 1944 this aircraft was written off and abandoned.
Until 1999, this Kittyhawk remained in situ at Vivigani Airfield. The wreckage included the center section.
During 1999, this aircraft was salvaged by Robert Greinert / HARS plus other aircraft parts were loaded into a shipping container and exported to Australia. Also salvaged was P-40N serial number unknown.
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