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  P-40E-1 Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-96  
RAAF
76 Squadron

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army as serial number 41-35966. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number ET612. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
During May 1942 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk serial number A29-96. On May 18, 1942 assigned to 76 Squadron. Possibly coded "IU". This P-40 participated in the Battle of Milne Bay.

On September 7, 1942 took off piloted by Sgt Watts on a mission to attack Japanese shipping off Normanby Island.

On November 21, 1942 this P-40 took off piloted by F/L Peter Howard Ash, 260771. On landing, this P-40 suffered a landing gear collapse while landing, pilot unhurt. Afterwards, assigned to 4 RSU for repairs and was returned to the squadron on January 27, 1943.

On May 9, 1943 assigned to 2 OTU. On June 8, 1943 took off piloted by Sgt "Blue" Lambert on an empty fuel tank and suffered a force landing.

On September 10, 1945 received by 1 CRD for storage. On November 19, 1946 written off. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
Originally, P-40E Warhawk 41-25181 was allocated RAAF serial number A29-96 but was canceled four days later and allocated to this aircraft.
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-96

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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