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  P-40E Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-68  
76 Squadron

Former Assignments
75 Squadron

33rd PS

Pilot  P/O Arthur Douglas Nelson, 405874 (survived)
Force Landed  April 24, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Curtis in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army as serial number 41-5346. On November 5, 1941 assigned to "Project X". Disassembled and shipped overseas bound for the Philippines. Instead delivered to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Far East Air Force (FEAF), 33rd Pursuit Squadron. Assigned to pilot Lt. Richard Pingree. No known nickname or nose art.

At Port Pirie Airfield, this P-40 required repairs and was unable to join the ferry flight bound for Darwin. Instead, this aircraft remained at the airfield awaiting repairs.

During March 1942, assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with serial number A29-68. Assigned to 75 Squadron, but was instead allocated to 76 Squadron on April 1, 1942.

Mission History
On April 24, 1942 crashed crashed landed at Weir Airfield near Mount Black roughly 25km from Townsville, pilot survived, but aircraft was burnt out and written off.

Darwin's Air War (Revised Edition) page 28
ADF Serials - P-40E Kittyhawk A29-68

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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