Robert Greinert 1999
via Classic Fighters
|Pilot F/Sgt Philip Alfred Webb, 420105 (survived)
Force Landed February 10, 1944
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Assigned U. S. Army as serial number 42-10178. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.
During January 1943, assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk 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.
During 1999, this P-40 was salvaged by Robert
Greinert / HARS along with other aircraft parts and exported. Also salvaged was P-40N serial number unknown.
During 2000, this aircraft was aquired by trade, swap or sold to Graham Orphan,
Blenheim NZ, editor of Classic Wings Magazine who plans to restore the aircraft to airworthy condition.
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-183
Classic Fighters - P-40K-10 Kittyhawk A29-183 (via Wayback Machine as of May 25, 2006)
"This aircraft is ex-RAAF A29-183, and like many before it, was recovered from an island in the Pacific region (date unknown).
One of only two known K-10 survivors (the other is in the USA, recovered from Russia), not a lot is known about this aircraft, other than the fact that it flew for 77Sqd RAAF as AM-H. It is known that the aircraft was stored in New South Wales (Australia) for some time, before being brought to New Zealand. The owner [Graham Orphan] plans to restore this aircraft to an airworthy state."
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May 22, 2017