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  P-40E Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-32  
RAAF
1 AD
75 Squadron
5 AD
2 OTU
1 OTU

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40E Warhawk serial number 41-5494. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia as part of lend-lease.

Wartime History
During March 1942, delivered to Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk serial number A29-32. Assigned to 1 Air Depot. On March 26, 1942 assigned to 75 Squadron and operating from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby.

On April 6, 1942, took off piloted by F/O Edmund James Johnson, 673 and was damaged making a climbing attack against Japanese bombers and crash landed in a swampy area, pilot was unhurt.

Recovered and on June 2, 1942 received by 5 AD where it sat for most of the year. December 9, 1942 received by 76 Squadron. Next on May 12, 1943 received by 2 AD and issued to 2 OTU on July 16, 1943 and 1 OTU on January 7, 1944. On August 3, 1944 force landed after the engine started to vibrate badly with oil pouring from the port side of the engine the pilot landed with wheels up.

On September 2, 1944 F/L Laurence Francis Marshall Cronin DFC, 400913 force landed on Letts Beach near Dutson School due to the engine failure. Finally on March 6, 1945 allocated to School of Tech Training as instructional aircraft and converted to components on November 2, 1945.

References
ADF Serials - P-40 Kittyhawk A29-32

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Last Updated
May 3, 2018

 

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