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  P-40N-5-CU Warhawk Serial Number A29-462  
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Pilot  F/L Richard Mahlon Nielsen, 406113 (survived)
Ditched  July 2, 1945


Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. USAAF Serial Number 42-105051. Assigned to the RAAF during August 1943 to 13 ARDRP. Assigned to 84 Squadron.

Wartime History
On March 21, 1944 piloted by Sgt Bruce Arthur Oswald suffered an accident while landing at Livingstone Airfield, swinging off the runway and hit a drain. Repaired by 13 ARDRP and returned to the squadron.

Next, assigned to 86 Squadron at Townsville on March 28, 1945.

Mission History
Took off on a dive bombing training mission and suffered an engine failure, causing it to ditch in shallow water near Rattlesnake Island, pilot Nielsen was unhurt. On December 17, 1945 converted to components by 6 CRD on the beach.

Wreckage
Salvaged by Keith Hopper and in storage in Townsville.

References
Thanks to Keith Hopper for this information
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-462

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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