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  P-40E Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-43 Code P
RAAF
75 Squadron

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Justin Taylan 2003

Pilot  P/O Oswald John Channon, 411286 (KIA, BR) Manly, NSW
Crashed  April 24, 1942


Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. U. S. Air Force serial number 41-5549. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
During March 1942, delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk A29-43. On April 5, 1942 assigned to 75 Squadron with tail code P. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On April 24, 1942 took off from 7-Mile Drome on a patrol mission over Port Moresby. During the patrol, intercepted A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kōkūtai. This P-40 was shot down near Porebada to the west of Port Moresby. Last observed by Tucker, who thought he might have been shot down during a turn, and smoke was seen rising from near Porebada.

Memorials
Channon was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the crash, his remains were recovered and were buried at Hanubada Cemetery. Later his remains were exhumed and permanently buried at Bomana War Cemetery at B2. C. 26.

Wreckage
Until September 2003, the wreckage of this aircraft remained in situ.

Recovery
During September 2003, the .50 caliber machine guns, landing gear strut and other wreckage was recovered by Robert Greinert / HARS as an identity for a P-40 restoration.

Justin Taylan adds:
"I saw only a few pieces of this wreck moved to the village, after the rest had already been salvaged."

The recovered parts were later sold to a South African Air Force pilot who was paying to have a new build P-40 made by Precision Aerospace.

As of 2015, Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk / Warhawk / Kittyhawk states the owner to be O. Ellingsen of Sandvika, Norway and registered as LN-WNC.

References
CWGC - Oswald John Channon
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-43
RAAFDB - Kittyhawk A29-43
RAAFDB - Oswald John Channon
Seek and Strike page 38
Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk / Warhawk / Kittyhawk PDF page 13 of 33 by Geoff Goodall's
"Shot down by Zero, crashed and burned, near Port Moresby PNG 24.4.42 (wreck components recov. 9.03 from crash site near Porebada village: basis of rest. project in Australia 08). LN-WNC O. Ellingsen, Sandvika, Norway: reg. res. 2.9.08"

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Last Updated
May 3, 2016

 

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