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In the table that follows, researched by Gordon Birkett, shows all USAAF Serials pfor the first 25 RAAF Kittyhawks and their researched A29 Serial tie ups where found.

RAAF Serial Type USAAF Serial Delivered Aircraft History
A29-1* P-40E-1 41-24871 06/03/42 Project "X" 01/01/42 USS Hammonds Port,04/02/42.(Designed to carry cargo and aircraft, the newly converted SS Hammonds Port got underway 18th December 1941 for Chesapeake Bay, Va., and a short shakedown cruise. She continued to the Canal Zone, where she arrived 26 December and unloaded five PT boats transported from New York. SS Hammonds Port arrived San Francisco 7th January 1942, and began loading cargo and aircraft to be carried to beleaguered allied forces in the western Pacific. Departing 15 January she steamed into Brisbane with her precious cargo on the 4th February 1942. After unloading her cargo of 108 of her 111 P-40E/E-1 aircraft, the ship sailed for San Francisco, arriving 17th March 1942.) In service "X" 21/02/42 Aircraft on Squadron strength of 7th PS/49th PG 06/03/42.R off Sumac 07/04/42. Issued RAAF 06/03/42, Bankstown ex Camden. Rec 08/03/42 Townville (Administratively Issued, lost on Ferry Flight ex Bankstown NSW to Archerfield, crashed at Kempsey). Accident 1630 hrs 07/03/42 when aircraft crashed 6 miles NNW of Kempsey NSW whilst being ferried to NEA for allotment to 75Sqn . Pilot; P/O Lloyd Henry Holliday Serv#411786 (SHQ Williamtown; Date of birth:07/06/1918 )was killed. Allotted 5AD ex 75Sqn 22/05/42. Rec 5AD Wagga 30/05/42. G at 5AD 25/05/42. Service indefinite from 20/07/42 to 08/09/42. Estimated ready in 10 days at 5AD 25/09/42.Estimated ready in 3 Days at 5AD 02/10/42. Estimated completed in 3 Days at 5AD 09/10/42. Allotted 2OTU ex 5AD as Replacement . Issued 2OTU ex 5AD 20/10/42. Rec 2OTU ex 5AD 20/10/42 (with A29-129 ex Mascot). Accident 01/12/42 at Mildura on landing when port wing and undercarriage collapsed, damaging port wing tip and airscrew. NFDs. Repaired. Accident 14/01/42 Mildura, landing accident when starboard oleo leg collapsed, damaging cowl, mainplane, and airscrew. NFDs. Accident 19/03/43 . NFDs. Accident 0117 Hrs 05/08/43, whilst aircraft was performing night flying on circuits and landings over Mildura. Due to the aircraft partially stalling at 500 feet as the engine lost power, the pilot failed to recover when he struck the ground, some 2 1/2 miles south of Aerodrome. Pilot; Sgt Maxwell Robert Walker Serv#417682 was killed. AMSE Approval to convert to components 23/08/43. NB: Eng#5844 recovered and converted to components. RAAF Report per first accident states #?56. 6 obscured but can make out outline. Only one *56 CW number there per first ten RAAF P-40E/E-1s ex Bankstown List; 41-24871 CW#656. Aircraft is a P-40E-1
A29-2* P-40E 41-5324 06/03/42 Project "X" 01/01/42 USS Hammonds Port,04/02/42. In service "X" 21/02/42 Aircraft on Squadron strength of 7th PS/49th PG 06/03/42.R off Sumac 07/04/42. Issued RAAF 06/03/42, Bankstown ex Camden. (Administratively Issued, lost on Ferry Flight ex Bankstown NSW to Archerfield, crashed at Kyogle). Crashed 1630 Hrs 07/03/42 at Kyogle NSW whilst being ferried on allotment to 75Sqn. Crashed due to a shortage of petrol whilst being in appalling weather conditions. Pilot, P/O Ronald Kevin Critchley O'Conner Serv#411175 was slightly injured. Deemed Repairable, to be conveyed to Archerfield 25/03/42. E/E-88 has USAAF Serial 41/344 which per CW# = 41-5524. No further history apart from Salvage team from 1BAGS ex Evans Head, collected aircraft and delivered to Archerfield.
A29-3* P-40E-1 41-24860 06/03/42 Project "X" 01/01/42 USS Hammonds Port,04/02/42. In service "X" 21/02/42 Aircraft on Squadron strength of 7th PS/49th PG 06/03/42. Issued RAAF 06/03/42, Bankstown ex Camden. (Administratively Issued 08/03/42, lost on Ferry Flight ex Bankstown NSW to Archerfield, crashed at Wauchope NSW). Accident 1500 Hrs 07/03/42 when aircraft crashed at Wauchope NSW while being ferried to NE Area. Pilot; P/O James William Norton Serv#411173 (SHQ Bankstown: Date of Birth 02/04/1915) was killed. SOC 16/04/42. RAAF File 9/1/1123.RAAF Report per first accident states #?45. 6 obscured but can make out outline. Only one *45 CW number there per first ten RAAF P-40E/E-1s ex Bankstown List; 41-24860 CW#645. Aircraft is a P-40E-1
A29-?* P-40E 41-5308 06/03/42 Philipn PHAD 15/10/41 Project X 15/1/42 USS Hammonds Port,04/02/42.In service 26/2/42 SUMAC. Issued RAAF 06/03/42, Bankstown ex Camden.
A29-?* P-40E 41-5646 06/03/42 Project "X" 27/12/41 USS Hammonds Port,04/02/42.In service "X" 26/02/42 off LEFT 31/10/44. Accident on landing at Canberra ACT 27/02/42. Repaired 1AD Wagga RTS 2-3/3/42.Aircraft on Squadron strength of 7th PS/49th PG 06/03/42.Issued RAAF 06/03/42, Bankstown ex Camden.
A29-?* P-40E 41-5317 06/03/42 Philipn PHAD 15/10/41 Project X 15/1/42 USS Hammonds Port,04/02/42. In service "X" 26/02/42 Aircraft on Squadron strength of 7th PS/49th PG 06/03/42.off LEFT, Deliv Aust. Issued RAAF 06/03/42, Bankstown ex Camden.
A29-?* P-40E 41-5318 06/03/42 Philipn PHAD 15/10/41 Project X 15/1/42 USS Hammonds Port,04/02/42. In service "X" 26/02/42 Aircraft on Squadron strength of 7th PS/49th PG 06/03/42.off LEFT, Deliv Aust. Issued RAAF 06/03/42, Bankstown ex Camden.
A29-?* P-40E 41-5579 06/03/42 Project "X" 19/12/41 "Copper"22/01/42 to "X" 21/01/42 USS Hammonds Port,04/02/42. In service "X" 26/02/42. Off LEFT 31/10/44.Aircraft on Squadron strength of 7th PS/49th PG 06/03/42.off LEFT, Deliv Aust. Issued RAAF 06/03/42, Bankstown ex Camden.
A29-?* P-40E 41-5554 06/03/42 Sac AD 27/12/41 Project "X" 30/12/41 to "X" 30/01/42 SS Mariposa/Phoenix Convoy. In service "X" 21/02/42.Aircraft on Squadron strength of 7th PS/49th PG 06/03/42.off LEFT, Deliv Aust. Issued RAAF 06/03/42, Bankstown ex Camden.
A29-?* P-40E-1 41-24814 06/03/42 Project "X" 22/12/41 USS Hammonds Port,04/02/42.In service 21/02/42. Off Sumac 07/04/42.Aircraft on Squadron strength of 7th PS/49th PG 06/03/42.SqLdr Jackson's Aircraft mostly 7/03/42 onwards, as he flew A29-14 aka 41-24814 up from Bankstown 07/03/42 Evans Head 8/03/42 Archerfield 08/03/42 Archerfield test 09/03/42 local Flight 9/03/42 Rockhampton. Coded "L". 24/03/42 Enemy bombing raid. Fuselage /tail plane, starboard wing extensively damaged. Engine, airscrew intact. Advise airframe be shipped back to depot. 24/03/42 probably repairable at depot. 28/03/42 allotted 5AD ex 75Sqn. 10/04/42 issued 2AD for onward del to 5AD. 19/05/42 Rec 5AD ex 75Sqn. 25/05/42 G at 5AD. 31/05/42 Accident to a/c during low flying practice. flew back to base. Airscrew damaged. 20/07/42 serviceability indefinite. 19/06/42 serviceability indefinite. 26/06/42 serviceability indefinite. 03/07/42 serviceability indefinite. 10/07/42 serviceability indefinite. 17/07/42 serviceability indefinite. 31/07/42 serviceability indefinite. 07/08/42 serviceability indefinite. 14/08/42 serviceability indefinite. 30/07/42 Converted to components (fuselage for instructional purposes) on file 9/16/446 by AMSE 30/07/42. 24/09/42 Conversion now complete. Photo evidence shows it to be actually a P-40E.Therefore this A29-14 serial may be incorrectly identified as a P-40E-1
A29-?* P-40E 41-5513 06/03/42 Project "X" 19/12/41 to "X" 21/01/42.SS Mormac Sun. In service "X" 21/01/42 off LEFT 31/10/44. Box#04 on tail, held Amberley USAAF Pool 06/03/42.Issued RAAF 06/03/42.
A29-?* P-40E 41-5584 06/03/42 Project "X" 19/12/41 "Copper" 14/01/42 to "X" 21/01/42.SS Mormac Sun.In service "X"21/01/42.13th PS(Prov) Box#31 on tail. Damaged in training. Off LEFT 31/10/44.Held Amberley USAAF Pool 06/03/42.Issued RAAF 06/03/42.
A29-?* P-40E 41-5652 06/03/42 Project "X" 01/01/42 USS Hammonds Port,04/02/42.In service 26/02/42.Off LEFT 31/10/44.Held Amberley USAAF Pool 06/03/42.Issued RAAF 06/03/42.
A29-5* P-40E 41-5322 06/03/42 Philipn PHAD 15/10/41 Project X 15/1/42.Deliv Aust USS Hammonds Port, 04/02/42.In service "X" 26/2/42 SUMAC.Off Left 31/10/44. Held Amberley USAAF Pool 06/03/42.Issued RAAF 06/03/42.Allotted 75 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/03/42. Received 75Sqn ex 1AD 16/03/42. Coded "E" at 75Sqn ex 1AD 16/03/42. Missing probable write off 28/03/42. Aircraft took off from 7 Mile Aerodrome 1500hrs(0400Zulu) 28/03/42 in company with A29-12 Coded "T" (F/O Piper) to intercept 5 aircraft enemy formation. Last seen during combat with Zero aircraft. Location was approximately 40 miles north west of Port Moresby, some 20 miles north of Rescar Bay in 15 feet of swamp near Veimari Plantation, with the aircraft remains being burnt. Pilot; Sgt Ronald Summerson Bailey Serv#401770 killed in impact, with remains not recovered. Entry E/E-88 05/04/42, a/c landed safely (??). Engine rocker gear damaged, 2 valves and valve springs, broken port bank, Rocker cover port back holed causing oil to escape. Engine requires depot overhaul, airframe tail plane, port aileron holed, instrument panel out and sliding hood port side holed. W/O 13/07/42 per RAAF File 09/1/1123. NB: (1)Model type per photo held: P-40E. (2) Plate from fuselage recovered: **310 Curtiss 454/ 87-08-501L/ 11/41 K13/ 85?? Partial **-*310 found per Fuselage Plate. Inconclusive evidence on USAAF Serial.
A29-7* P-40E 41-5363 06/03/42 xyz 5/11/41 Project "X" Arrived 15/1/42, SS Polk .In service "X" 33rd PS(Prov) Box#176 Black. Damaged in transit on delivery to USS Langley. Held Amberley USAAF Pool 06/03/42.Off LEFT 31/10/44.Issued RAAF 06/03/42.Allotted 75 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/03/42. Received and coded "A" at 75Sqn ex 1AD 16/03/42.Damaged 28/03/42 Bullet holes in both mainplanes. High tension wires severed also electrical system. Gun damaged, repairable at Unit. 24/03/42, Rec Moresby 21/03/42. 07/04/42, Cat C at 75 Sqn RAAF. 17/04/42 Missing on Reco over Lae Area. Shot down near Bululo River killing Sqn Ldr Bernard Barton Cresswell Serv#82 who was gaining operational experience (Appointed OC 76Sqn RAAF). Write off 30/04/42. Min 6 RAAF File 9/1/1123. Aircraft from Picture held identified as P-40E.
A29-?* P-40E-1 41-24806 06/03/42 Project "X" 22/12/41.Deliv Aust USS Hammonds Port,04/02/42.In service "X" 21/02/42 Off Sumac 7/4/42.RTS 43MS 24/02/42.Issued 7thPS/49thPG 26/02/42.Held Amberley USAAF Pool 06/03/42.Issued RAAF 06/03/42.
A29-?* P-40E 41-5653 06/03/42 Project "X" 01/01/42 "Copper"3/2/42 Deliv Aust USS Hammonds Port,04/02/42.In service "X" 14/02/42. Off LEFT 31/10/42.Held Amberley USAAF Pool 06/03/42.Issued RAAF 06/03/42.
A29-?* P-40E 41-5596 06/03/42 Project "X" 19/12/41 "Copper" 14/01/42 to "X" 21/01/42.SS Mormac Sun. In service "X" Sumac Order S42-1832 (to RAAF) off LEFT 31/10/44.Held Amberley USAAF Pool 06/03/42.Issued RAAF 06/03/42.
A29-?* P-40E 41-5615 06/03/42 Project "X" 22/12/41.Deliv Aust USS Hammonds Port,04/02/42.In service "X" 26/2/42 SUMAC. Off LEFT 31/10/44.Held Amberley USAAF Pool 06/03/42.Issued RAAF 06/03/42.
A29-4* P-40E 41-5310 06/03/42 Philipn PHAD 16/10/41 Project X 15/1/42 In service "X" 26/2/42 SUMAC ,issued to 2nd Lt Edgar D.Ball 0-424883 26/02/42. Accident 27/02/42 when aircraft ran into AA Gun mount at Archerfield Aerodrome damaging its propeller. Pilot 2nd Lt Ed Ball (7thPS) not injured. RTS, held Archerfield USAAF Pool 06/03/42.Allotted 75 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/03/42. Accident 13/03/42 when aircraft was being landed at Garbutt. Aircraft was landed with tail slightly up and swung during landing run. Pilot did not ease stick, causing port wing to stall, which dropped, causing aircraft to swing to port. Pilot used engine to correct but not enough. Undercarriage collapsed. Aircraft extensively damaged by pilot induced ground loop. Pilot; Sgt D B Davies Serv#406924 was uninjured. Deemed repairable 25/03/42. SOC 12/05/42. RAAF File 09/1/1123.Airframe picked up by Joint USAAF and RAAF Replacement Pool for repairs late March 42. NB: Per diary of one 75Sqn RAAF line airman, entry dated Friday 13/03/42 has this aircraft identified as A29-1 as 75Sqn's first prang. Pilot was posted back to 24Sqn RAAF ex 75 Sqn RAAF on the 15/03/42.Official A29(Originally to be A10) numbering of these first 25 P-40E/E-1 per 1AD request was performed retrospectively 10-13/03/42 with this aircraft becoming A29-4 and the first three prangs A29-1 to 3.This aircraft was apparently repaired by USAAF Service Squadron, Charters Towers 04-06/42 and returned to service USAAF, used in USAAF 5th AAF Fighter Replacement Pool Garbutt. Returned USA 12/1/45 off inventory Tuskagee 1/4/45.
A29-?* P-40E 41-5574 06/03/42 Project "X" 19/12/41 "Copper"22/01/42 to "X". USS Hammonds Port,04/02/42. In service "X" 21/02/42.Box#16 on tail. Held Amberley USAAF Pool 06/03/42.Issued RAAF 06/03/42.
A29-?* P-40E 41-5596 06/03/42 Project "X" 19/12/41 "Copper" 14/01/42 to "X". USS Hammonds Port,04/02/42.In service "X" 21/02/42.Box#49 on tail. Off LEFT 31/10/44.Held Amberley USAAF Pool 06/03/42.Issued RAAF 06/03/42.
A29-?* P-40E-1 41-24797 06/03/42 Project "X" 01/01/42.USS Hammonds Port,04/02/42.In service "X" 21/02/42.Accident Amberley. RTS 24/02/42.Issued 7thPS/49thPG 26/02/42.Was 2nd Lt Robert Vaught's( 0-382734) first 9thPS/49th PG Aircraft. Damaged, RTS issued to RAAF on repair. Off Sumac 7/4/42A.Held Amberley USAAF Pool 06/03/42.Issued RAAF 06/03/42.
A29-?* P-40E-1 41-24820 06/03/42 Project "X" 01/01/42.USS Hammonds Port,04/02/42.In service "X" 21/02/42.Off Sumac 07/04/42A.Held Amberley USAAF Pool 06/03/42.Issued RAAF 06/03/42.
A29-?* P-40E-1 41-24834 06/03/42 Project "X" 22/12/41.USS Hammonds Port,04/02/42.In service "X" 21/02/42.Off Sumac 07/04/42A.Held Amberley USAAF Pool 06/03/42.Issued RAAF 06/03/42.
     

The Authors of this page are Gordon Birkett & Gordon Clarke.

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Emails: Bob Livingston, Buz Busby, Martin Edwards, Brendan Cowan.

Conversation: Tom Trimble.

     

Updated 10 January 2014

 

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