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  P-40N-20-CU "Gloria Lyons" Serial Number NZ3220 Code G
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Trevor Coker

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 30901. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40N-20-CU Warhawk serial number 43-22962. Disassembled and shipped overseas to New Zealand as part of defense aid.

Wartime History

Assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Kittyhawk NZ3220. On November 4, 1943 reassembled by No. 1 Aircraft Depot at Hobsonville Airfield. Nicknamed "Gloria Lyons", the third aircraft with this nickname with code "G". At the end of the war, there were three rows of bomb markings on the right side of the cockpit (24, 24 and 7).

Postwar
This aircraft was sold to J. Larsen from Rukuhia on March 2, 1948. Next, sold to John Smith at Mapua circa 1969 and to this day in storage at Mapua.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-40N-20-CU Warhawk 43-22962
"22962 (MSN 30901) to New Zealand as NZ3220. Assembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot, Hobsonville and BoC at Hobsonville on 4 November 1943. Coded "G". The third aircraft to be named "GLORIA LYONS". Sold to J. Larsen from Rukuhia on 2 March 1948. Recovered from Rukuhia, NZ ca 1969 by John Smith at Mapua. In storage with John Smith at Mapua."
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk NZ3220

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May 19, 2018

 

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