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  P-40E-1-CU Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-93  
RAAF
76 Squadron

Former Assignments
2 OTU
5 AD

Pilot  F/O Albert Gordon McLeod, 411807 (KIA / BR) Burwood, NSW
Crashed  August 11, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Assigned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40E-1-CU Kittyhawk serial number 41-25168. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
On April 26, 1942 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk serial number A29-101 and assigned to 2 Operational Training Unit (2 OTU) but was returned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF). Note, this serial number was later assigned to P-40E 41-25121 / Kittyhawk A29-101.

During late April 1942, reassigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk serial number A29-93.

On May 13, 1942 assigned to 76 Squadron and received five days later. This aircraft had no known nickname or nose art.

On May 26, 1942 collided with P-40E Kittyhawk A29-92 at Aitkenvale Weir Airfield near Townsville and afterwards repaired. On June 23, 1942 again damaged at Aitkenvale Weir Airfield resulting in extensive damage. Repaired by 5 Air Depot (5 AD) until repaired. During the middle of July 1942 flown to Gurney Airfield (No. 1 Strip, Fall River) near Milne Bay.

Mission History
On August 11, 1942 took off from Gurney Airfield (No. 1 Strip, Fall River) to intercept 8-12 Japanese bombers. This aircraft failed to return and was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Wreckage
During April 1964, this crash site was located. A piece of this aircraft, fuselage skin showing a portion of the fuselage serial number "A2" from the prefix A29 and "93" and a fragment with "Paddy" were recovered from the crash site and transported to Australia.

Display
The recovered fuselage skin showing a portion of the fuselage serial number "A2" from the prefix A29 and "93" and a fragment with "Paddy" were recovered from the crash site and are displayed at RAAF Museum Point Cook in a display case.

Memorials
McLeod was officially declared dead the day of the mission. On May 15, 1964 his remains were buried at the Bomana War Cemetery near Port Moresby.

References
Originally, P-40E Warhawk 41-25180 was allocated RAAF serial number A29-93 but was canceled on April 28, 1942 and then allocated to this aircraft.
CWGC - Albert Gordon McLeod
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-93
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Information
P-40


MIA
1 Missing
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