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  P-40K-10-CU Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-188  
RAAF
77 Squadron

Pilot  Sgt Sgt Max Holdsworth, 411067 (survived) Sydney, NSW
Ditched  March 2, 1943


Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Assigned U. S. Army as serial number 42-10197. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
During January 1943, assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Reassembled by 2 Air Depot (2 AD) and assigned to 77 Squadron and delivered on February 22, 1943. No known nickname or nose art. Officially, this P-40 was written off on May 26, 1943.

Mission History
On March 2, 1943 due to a failure of the fuel system that resulted in no pressure on the gauge and caused a complete engine failure. This P-40 ditched wheels up into the sea at the northern end of China Strait southeast of Milne Bay. Pilot Holdsworthy survived the ditching unhurt and later returned to duty.

References
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-188 incorrectly notes pilot's name as "Holdsworthy"
NAA "Confirmatory Memorandum - Aircraft A29-188 in accordance with A.F.O. 18/E/2 para. 5 (b)" 77 Squadron
WW2 Nominal Roll - Max Holdsworth
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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