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  P-40E-1 Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-94  
RAAF
2 AD

Former Assignments
76 Squadron
5 AD
75 Squadron
82 Squadron

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 19195. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number ET500. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40E-1-CU Kittyhawk serial number 41-25176. Disassembled and shipped overseas bound for the Netherlands East Indies Air Force but during April 1942 diverted to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
In Australia, on April 26, 1942 another aircraft, P-40E Warhawk 41-25163 was first assigned this serial number A29-94 for only two days until returned to the U. S. Army Air Force.

During May 1942, assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as P-40E Kittyhawk serial number A29-94. This aircraft had no known nickname or nose art.

On May 18, 1942 assigned to 76 Squadron. On June 2, 1942 during a night landing, ran through a flare path, killing a civilian on the ground and damaging the aircraft's flaps, landing gear, cowling and tail. Afterwards, repaired and Garbutt Field at Townsville and later assigned to 5 Air Depot (5 AD).

On February 19, 1943 assigned to 75 Squadron. On June 1, 1943 piloted by Sgt Arthur Robert Heywood, 410057 collided with cattle that wandered onto Turnbull Field near Milne Bay. Heywood was not injured but the aircraft was damaged and repaired over the next week.

On September 11, 1943 assigned to 82 Squadron. On October 22, 1943 this aircraft suffered a crash landing at Bankstown Airfield. Afterwards, to 2 Air Depot (2 AD) for repairs.

On February 24, 1944 took off piloted by F/L S M Stuart during a flight, this P-40 suffered a drop in oil pressure causing the engine to catch fire and the pilot bailed out with the aircraft crashing at Taren Point in New South Wales. Afterwards, converted to components and salvaged.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-40E-1 Warhawk 41-25176
"25163 (ET487, MSN 19182)... transfered to RAAF as A29-94 but returned to USAAF two days later. In landing accident prior to transfer at 17Mile Aerodrome, PNG. A29-94 serial later allocated to 41-25176."
"25176 (MSN 19195, ET500) was to have gone to Netherlands East Indies AF, but after arrival in Australia in Apr 1942 it was diverted to RAAF as A29-94. Forced landing at Taren Point, NSW 2/1944."
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-94
WW2 Nominal Roll - Henry M. S. Stuart

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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