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This P-40 operated from New Guinea, and sustained at least one bullet hole in the rear fuselage, that was patched. During April 1944, ground looped at Cape Gloucester Airfield piloted by S/L Adam Howie Brydon.
On June 8, 1944 repaired by 11 RSU, then returned to 78 Squadron after a 240 hour inspection. On November 6, 1944 this aircraft had an engine overhaul and inspection by 11 RSU.
On March 11, 1945 assigned to 84 Squadron from 22 RSU. When the squadron converted to P-51 Mustang aircraft, this P-40 was assigned to 86 Squadron on April 1, 1945.
Keith Hopper adds:
The wreckage was transported to Pioneer Aero in New Zealand and restoration underway since the early 2000s to airworthy status. Afterwards, shipped back to Townsville and placed into storage. During 2016, to Precision Aerospace (Precision Airmotive) for the final stages of restoration to airworthy status.
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