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  P-40E Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-28  

Former Assignments
76 Squadron
5 AD
12 RSU
3 AD

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RAAF May 20, 2016

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York during 1941. Constructors Number unknown. Delivered to the U. S. Army as serial number 41-5336. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
During March 1942 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk serial number A29-28. Initially assigned to No. 2 Elementary Flying Training School (2 EFTS) at Archerfield Airfield.

On March 24, 1942 assigned to 76 Squadron. On March 30, 1942 one of five P-40s ferried by a pilot from 75 Squadron to 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby.

On April 17, 1942 took off from 7-Mile Drome on an mission to intercept enemy A6M2 Zeros. During air combat, this P-40 was damaged by enemy fire but landed safely.

Afterwards, repaired enough to fly back to Australia. On May 7, 1932 assigned to 5 Air Depot (5 AD). On November 3, 1942 assigned to 12 Repair Salvage Unit (12 RSU) as part of their aircraft pool. On December 20, 1942 assigned to 76 Squadron, but the assignment was canceled and instead issued to 3 Air Depot (3 AD) arriving on June 9, 1943 in serviceable condition but not operationally ready.

On September 23, 1943 assigned to 2 Operational Training Unit (2 OTU) at Mildura Airfield.

On June 5, 1944 took off from Mildura Airfield piloted by F/Sgt Neville Lloyd Thornley, 34772 on a training flight. During the flight, the engine failed and force landed near Wentworth, NSW.

On October 2, 1944 took off from Mildura Airfield a training mission and the engine caught fire in the air and crash landed five miles southwest of the airfield.

On July 28, 1945 assigned to 1 CRD. On July 5, 146 assigned to 1 Stores Depot. On September 23, 1947 approved for write off.

This aircraft was acquired by a farmer in Mildura and stored on his property until 1968. During 1968, recovered and placed on displayed at Warbirds Air Museum 1968-1985.

During 1988, acquired by Mr. Jack McDonald of Essendon, Victoria who intended to restore the aircraft to airworthy status. In 1988-1998 restored using the rear fuselage of P-40N Kittyhawk A29-1210 plus cowlings and parts from P-40E Kittyhawk 41-25119 / A29-87. During 1998, acquired by the RAAF Museum at Point Cook.

Placed into storage at RAAF Museum at Point Cook. The aircraft includes the forward fuselage and a rear fuselage painted with green primer. The cockpit canopy has perspex.

On May 20, 2016 this P-40 was transported aboard a trailer from RAAF Museum at Point Cook to Precision Airmotive at Wangaretta Airport.

ADF Serials - P-40 Kittyhawk A29-28

Facebook - RAAF Museum and Heritage Centres May 20, 2016 (photo)
"The Bostons were not the only aircraft which departed from Point Cook today for Wangaratta. Kittyhawk, A29-28, also moved out to undergo a facelift at Wangaratta over the next couple of months before rejoining the Museum, hopefully looking much better than she does now."

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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