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RAAF Serial Type USAAF Serial Delivered Aircraft History
A29-1 P-40E-1 41-24860 3/42 Aircraft on Squadron strength of 7thPS 06/03/42. Issued RAAF that day, 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 eleo 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 3/42 Aircraft on Squadron strength of 7thPS 06/03/42. Issued RAAF that day, 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 41-24871 3/42 Aircraft on Squadron strength of 7thPS 06/03/42. Issued RAAF that day, 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
A29-4 P-40E ? 3/42 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. NB: Per diary of one 75Sqn RAAF line airman, entry dated Friday 13/03/42 has this aircraft identified as A29-1 and 75Sqn 's first prang. Pilot was posted back to 24Sqn RAAF ex 75 Sqn RAAF on the 15/03/42.
A29-5 P-40E ? 3/42 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.
A29-6 P-40E ? 3/42 Allotted 75 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/03/42.Coded "F" in 75 Sqn RAAF. 22/03/42 lost by enemy action at Lae. Write-off 30/04/42 Min 6 RAAF File 9/1/1123. After arriving at Port Moresby on the 21/03/42, an air raid warning was sounded and an intercept was undertaken by two undamaged Kittyhawks, piloted by F/O Cox and F/O F.L. Wackett in A29-17 and A29-6 (coded Q and coded F). At 6000 feet they sighted a single twin engine Japanese aircraft and climbed up to 10000 feet to intercept. Both delivered stern and quarter attacks as the aircraft headed for cloud cover. A burst by F/O Cox put the port engine out, and started to lose height. F/O Wackett finally placed a final burst into the starboard engine at 500 feet causing the Japanese aircraft to explode and to dive into the sea. This was the first aerial combat and the downing of a Japanese reconnaissance aircraft over Port Moresby by an allied fighter (A29-6). On the first combat mission to Lae on the following day, 22/03/42, nine Kittyhawks took off for Lae, with four providing top cover while five attacked the strip and the dispersed 20 aircraft situated there. Some nine were to be considered in having been destroyed during this operation. At around 08.05hrs, the top cover flight engaged the standing patrol of three Zeros and managed to shoot down two of them. After leaving Lae, they soon realised that two Kittyhawks were missing. Nobody saw what happened to F/O F.L.Wackett. F/O F.L.Wackett would eventually escape capture, and return to the unit after having ditched his Kittyhawk some eight miles offshore and trekking back to allied controlled lines where he was picked up by members of the Papua New Guinea Volunteer Rifles at Bulolo. He would later re-count that he too saw a Kittyhawk with smoke trailing some 4 miles off the coast being pursued by a Zero. This was Anderson’s A29-16 (Y) . Photo Evidence held shows aircraft as a P-40E.
A29-7 P-40E 41-5363 3/42 USAAF P-40E Box#176. Allotted 75 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/03/42. Received E at 75Sqn ex 1AD 16/03/42. Coded "A" in 75 Sqn RAAF. Damaged 28/03/42 Bullet holes in both mainplanes. High tension in wires severed also electrical system. Gun damaged, repairable at Unit. 24/03/42, Rec Moresby 21/03/42. 07/04/42, 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 identified as P-40E.
A29-8 P-40E ? 3/42 Allotted 75 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/03/42. Received E at 75Sqn ex 1AD 16/03/42. Coded "H" in 75 Sqn RAAF. 23/03/42 E Star at 75 Sqn RAAF. 24/03/42 Serviceable. 25/03/42 Forced landing. 05/04/42 a/c landed safely. Engine rocker gear damaged, 2 valves and valve springs, broken port back 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. Details duplicated per A29-7???. 07/04/42 C at 75 Sqn. Crashed & Destroyed after aerial action with enemy zero fighter & bombers. Write-off Min #8 File 9/1/1123 13/07/42. Sqn Ldr J F Jackson killed 28/04/42 near Mt Lawes Moresby. File 16/59/Air refers. Photo evidence shows it a P-40E.
A29-9 P-40E ? 3/42 Allotted 75 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/03/42. Received E at 75Sqn ex 1AD 16/03/42. Coded "N" in 75 Sqn RAAF. 24/03/42 Rec Moresby 21/03/42. 06/04/42 lost by Enemy action at Bootless Inlet 10 miles south east of Moresby. 06/04/42 probable partly salvageable. Write off 16/04/42. Min #7 File #9/1/1123. 17/07/42 Rec 5AD for repair, serviceability indefinite. 20/07/42 serviceability indefinite. 17/07/42 Received in since last return.31/07/42 serviceability indefinite. 07/08/42 serviceability indefinite. Converted to components on file no 9/16/446. Approved AMSE 30/07/42.
A29-10 P-40E ? 3/42 Allotted 75 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/03/42. Received E at 75Sqn ex 1AD 16/03/42. Coded "X" in 75 Sqn RAAF. 23/03/42 ground straffed by enemy aircraft: completely destroyed and burnt out. 24/03/42 Lost due Enemy Action. 16/04/42 Write -off. Min #7 RAAF File No 9/1/1123 16/4. Photo shows its a P-40E-1.
A29-11 P-40E ? 3/42 Allotted 75 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/03/42. Received E at 75Sqn ex 1AD 16/03/42. Coded "Z". 28/03/42 Tail plane elevator rudder shot away. Badly damaged bullet holes fuselage. Petrol tank. Starboard wing tip and wing repairable unit. 24/03/42 Rec Moresby 21/03/42. 07/04/42 C at 75 Sqn. 24/04/42 allotted 5AD ex 75Sqn. 27/04/42 unserviceable at 75Sqn. 07/05/42 Rec 5AD ex 75Sqn. 11/05/42 G at 5AD. 18/05/42 F at 5AD. 08/09/42 G at 5AD. 20/07/42 to 14/08/42 Serviceability Indefinite. 21/08/42 Est ready 3 weeks at 5AD. 28/08/42 Est ready 10 days at 5AD. 04/09/42 completed for delivery at 5AD. V-1710-39 Eng#5919. 13/09/42 Issued 75 Sqn ex 5AD. Rec at 12RSU ex 5AD (in route 75Sqn). Allotted 12RSU Garbutt ex 5AD to be made operationally serv. 18/09/42 Est ready 10 days at 12RSU. 21/09/42 U/S at 12RSU Garbutt. Issued. 25/09/42 Rec 12RSU Charters Towers ex 12RSU Garbutt. 25/09/42 Est ready 3 weeks 12 RSU Charters Towers. 01/10/42 Allotted 76Sqn ex 12RSU. 05/10/42 Issued and Rec 12RSU Garbutt ex 12RSU Charters Towers. Issued 76Sqn ex 12RSU Garbutt. 07/10/42 Rec 76Sqn ex 12RSU. 07/10/42 held 76Sqn SHQ Townsville. 12/10/42 u/s at 76Sqn . 19/10/42 u/s at 76Sqn. 26/10/42 Serv at 76Sqn. 02/11/42 issued 3AD ex 76Sqn. 19/11/42 rec 3AD ex 76Sqn. 13/11/42 allotted 3AD ex 76Sqn. 19/11/42-26/11/42 serv indefinite at 3AD. 03/12/42-08/12/42 Serv indefinite at 3AD. 14/12/42-27/12/42 est ready 21/3 days at 3AD. 17/12/42 Allotted 76Sqn ex 3AD. 08/01/43 Rec 76Sqn ex 3AD. Accident 1710 hrs 03/04/43 at Potshot Strip whilst taking off the tail wheel was punctured and blew causing erratic control and crash. Pilot; P/O C T Adams Serv#407397 was not injured. 07/04/43 allotted 17RSU ex 76Sqn. 10/04/43 Issued 17RSU ex 76Sqn 25/04/43 Rec 17RSU ex 76Sqn. 13/04/43 allotted 4AD ex 17RSU. 26/04/43 Rec 4AD ex 17RSU. 27/04/43 allotted 2OTU ex 76Sqn. AMSE approval for conversion 03/01/44. Canc. Airframe to be converted to Instructional Airframe No 2 and issued to No 1 Engineering School 19/01/44. 17/10/45 Converted, approval to components.
A29-12 P-40E ? 3/42 Allotted 75 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/03/42. Received E at 75Sqn ex 1AD 16/03/42. Coded "T". 28/03/42 Bullet holes main plane and fuselage tanks during combat with zeros as flown by P/O Piper. Repairable in Unit. 24/03/42 Rec Moresby 21/03/42. 07/04/42 C at 75Sqn. 0935 hrs 17/04/42 a/c crashed on take-off at 7 Mile drome. Pilot; F/O P Scandratt blacked out on take-off and was injured, with concussion and back injuries. Considerable damage. 17/04/42 a/c written off with salvage of engine parts, instruments and guns. 30/04/42 Write off. 14/10/42 Conversion complete at 3AD. Min#6 File# 9/1/1123 30/04/42.
A29-13 P-40E ? 3/42 Allotted 75 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/03/42. Received E at 75Sqn ex 1AD 16/03/42. Coded "O". 23/03/42 F at 75Sqn. 24/03/42 u/s indefinitely. 07/04/42 allotted 5AD ex 75Sqn. 13/04/42 G at 75Sqn. 29/05/42 C at 75Sqn. 12/07/42 a/c write-off. 12/07/42 a/c failed to recover from dive. Accident 1050hrs 12/07/42 when aircraft failed to recover from dive at Marburg Qld. F/O F P G Harbottle was killed. 13/08/42 Rec at 3AD ex 75Sqn for conversion. 14/08/42 being converted. 19/08/42 conversion completed. Photo evidence shows this as a P-40E due to formation lights and camo.
A29-14 P-40E 41-24814? 3/42 Allotted 75 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/03/42. Received E at 75Sqn ex 1AD 16/03/42. 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. Aircrew 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 is of a P-40E not a P-40E-1
A29-15 P-40E ? 3/42 Allotted 75 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/03/42. Received E at 75Sqn ex 1AD 16/03/42. Coded "I" . Aircraft damaged in combat with three Japanese Zero fighters. Petrol tank holed. One blade airscrew holedby cannon. One wheel and tyre shot through. Repairable Unit. 24.03.42. Rec Moresby 21/03/42. 07/04/42 C at 75Sqn . 13/04/42 missing over Lae:- last seen in spin at 1000ft. 30/04/42 Write-off Min 6 File#9/1/1123 30/04/42.
A29-16 P-40E ? 3/42 Allotted 75 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/03/42. Received 75Sqn ex 1AD 16/03/42. Coded "Y " 22/03/42 Lost by Enemy Action. 16/04/42 Write-off Min7 File#9/1/1123 16/04. Took part in an attack on the Lae airstrip and was believed last seen by F/L Wackett with smoke coming from the aircraft and a Zero on its tail out to sea from Lae, pilot F/O Bruce Horace Anderson believed to have become a POW and was eventually taken to Rabaul, New Britain where he was executed some months later.
A29-17 P-40E ? 3/42 Allotted 75 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/03/42. Received Cat E 75Sqn ex 1AD 16/03/42. Coded "Q" 22/03/42 Lost by Enemy Action on the ground at Moresby. 16/04/42 Write-off Min 7 FileNo 9/1/1123 16/04/42.
A29-18 P-40E ? 3/42 Allotted 75 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/03/42. Received E 75Sqn 16/03/42. Coded "U" . 23/03/42 ground straffed by enemy aircraft, cannon shot through engine. 24/03/42 Requires new engine only. 24/03/42 Rec Moresby 21/03/42. 07/04/42 C at 75Sqn. 09/04/42 S/B U/C bent after hitting heap of blue metal on edge of runway whilst taking off. A/C landed on port main. S/B wheel collapsed. Extensive damage. 27/04/42 Unserviceable at 75Sqn. 22/05/42 alloted 5AD ex 75Sqn. 22/05/42 Rec 5AD ex 75Sqn. 25/05/42 G at 5AD. 19/06/42 Unserviceability indefinite. 26/06/42 Unserviceability indefinite. Being a P-40E model, no P-40E mainplanes available. Aircraft modified to take P-40E-1 mainplanes by 5AD. 03/07/42 estimated ready 10 days. 08/07/42 Allocated 2OTU ex 5AD. 10/07/42 completed 3 days. 15/07/42 Issued 2OTU ex 5AD. 20/07/42 Rec 2OTU ex 5AD. 27/07/42 Serv at 2OTU. 03/08/42 serv at 2OTU. Accident 02/10/42 when aircraft was ground looped on landing. 04/10/42 repairs necessary; starboard mainplane, ailerons and wingtip damaged. 12/10/42 u/s 2OTU E Star. 19/10/42 u/s 2OTU E Star. 26/10/42 u/s 2OTU E Star. 02/11/42 u/s 2OTU E Star. 09/11/42 u/s 2OTU. Repaired. Accident 11.45hrs 09/06/43 when landing at Yelta satellite Strip . Aircraft caught fire in air and on final landing run, pilot abandoned moving aircraft. Pilot; F/Sgt McNeil Serv#411034 injured. AMSE approve Conversion. File 9/16/886 Min No 5 HQ QO680 06/07/43. Eng#5854 2OTU.
A29-19 P-40E ? 3/42 Allotted 75 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/03/42. HQ32 8/3. 16/03/42 Received E at 75Sqn ex 1AD. Coded "J". 27/03/42 Missing. Seen to crash in fire probably completely destructed. P/O O'Connor along with F/O Woods were engaged by Zeros some 29 miles north of Port Moresby. In the action, P/O Ronald Kevin Critchley O'Connor Serv#411175 was shot down and believed KIA; F/O Wood saw a parachute which he thought O'Connor had bailed out. Despite searches neither a/c or pilot have been found. 16/04/42 Write-off.
A29-20 P-40E ? 3/42 Allotted 75 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/03/42. Coded "C". 22/03/42 Lost by enemy action at Moresby. 23/03/42 Hit petrol drum taking off. Airscrew repairable. 24.03.42 allotted 5Ad ex 75Sqn. 24/03/42 Received 75Sqn ex 1AD 21/03/42. 10/04/42 Issued 2AD for onward delivery to 5AD. 19/05/42 Rec 5AD ex 75Sqn. 25/05/42 G at 5AD. 08/06/42 awaiting conversion. 19/06/42 being converted. Converted to components QY146 25/06/42. File 9/16/382. AMSE approved 16/06/42. Fuselage to be issued to 2OTU for instructional in cockpit drill.
A29-21 P-40E ? 3/42 Allotted 75 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/03/42. Coded "K" 25/03/42 Serviceable. Held Townsville SHQ/76Sqn. 05/04/42 Received 75Sqn. 18/04/42 a/c missing. Sgt Richard John Granville Serv#403923 killed. Aircraft crashed 1.00hrs 30 miles north-east Moresby near Jawere Plantation past Hikinumu.
A29-22 P-40E ? 3/42 Allotted 75 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/03/42. 23/03/42 The tenth Kittyhawk in the first raid on Lae , A29-22 (Coded “C”), one of the intended top cover aircraft piloted by P/O John Le Gay Brereton, was damaged when it swerved on take-off in to avoid a taxying 32Sqn Hudson. His aircraft missed the bomber, but the wingtip struck a mound and ground looped, ripping off the main undercarriage. Though the aircraft caught fire, the pilot was rescued by F/Lts Dean-Butcher, McGlynn (both Medical Officers) and Church (Engineer Officer). 24/03/42 allotted 5AD ex 75Sqn. Rec Moresby 21/03/42. 29/05/42 awaiting write-off. 31/08/42 Rec 5AD ex 75Sqn by rail (less engine). 04/09/42 Serviceability indefinite. 11/09/42 & 09/10/42&15/10/42 Serviceability indefinite. 05/11/42 & 26/11/42 & 21/12/42 & 04/01/43 Serviceability indefinite at 5AD. Write-off Min 8 File 9/1/1123 13/07/43. Aircraft found repairable. 15/06/43 estimate ready in 3 days. 11/06/43 allotted 2OTU ex 5AD. 26/06/43 issued 2OTU ex 5AD. 27/06/43 Rec 2OTU ex 5AD. Accident 1215hrs 26/03/44 when aircraft was involved in mid-air collision 10 miles north of Mildura towards Golgol Range with Spitfire A58-123 (piloted by P/O F J Inger Serv#8583). Pilot of A29-22, Sgt A R Ross Serv#433226 killed. 29/03/44 allotted CRD ex 2OTU per Minute 2 File 19/6/1506. 24/04/44 RAAF HQs Approval to write off.
A29-23 P-40E ? 3/42 served with 75 Sqn and 2 OTU; was coded "B" and had "BEVERLEY" written above the engine exhausts on port side (in some photos it wasn't repeated on the starboard side whereas on one other it is on the starboard side) while with 75 Sqn; 23/3/42 damaged by enemy strafing at Port Moresby; 17/4/42 unserviceable with 75 Sqn and by 13/7/42 was still considered u/s so it was shipped to 5 AD on the mainland; 2/6/43 issued to 2 OTU; 16/12/43 a/c swung to starboard during landing and ground looped; 17/12/43 a/c crash landed near Mildura and was repaired at 2 OTU; on 24/2/44 F/Sgt Roy John Shepherd (420403) was carrying out dive bombing exercise when the engine failed, picked up but then lost power again and he forced landed in a paddock 5 miles south-west of Wentworth it was with 2 OTU at the time and a/c considered not fit for flying; 5/7/45 allocated to ISTT for instruction purposes; 2/11/45 converted to components.
A29-24 P-40E ? 3/42 served with 75 Sqn; on 24/3/42 believed serviceable with 75 Sqn and was coded 'D' with them; on 10/4/42 went on recce to Lae-Salamaua-Nadzab and was shot down south of Lae near Busana with S/L John Jackson ok but had to spend 14 days hiking back to base with the help of 2 natives.
A29-25 P-40E ? 3/42 served with 75 Sqn; on 8/3/42 allocated to 75 Sqn from 1 AD; 23/3/42 strafed by enemy a/c and burnt out.
A29-26 P-40E 41-5395 3/42 served with 75 Sqn and 82 Sqn; 24/3/42 it was received by 76 Sqn from 2 EFTS Archerfield; 30/3/42 issued to 75 Sqn as replacement for a/c lost at Port Moresby arriving there that day and was coded 'F' with them; on 10/4/42 damaged in engagement with Zeros and bombers and still unserviceable at Port Moresby on 27/4/42; 29/5/42 issued to 5 AD; on 25/10/42 it was issued to 12 RSU at Garbutt strip Townsville, Qld; 4/12/42 issued again to 75 Sqn; on 3/3/43 when returning from an escort operation their Milne Bay strip was out due to a severe storm forcing them to carry out a force landing on Goodenough Is and F/L Richard Tweedy Holt (404103) decided on a wheels down landing but on the landing run it hit a depression then a rock causing the starboard u/c to collapse and then followed by the port u/c collapsing; on 8/9/43 sent to 75 Sqn at Goodenough Is, but within 11 days is issued to 82 Sqn; on 24/12/43 it collided with A29-86 some 3 miles (5 kms) SW of Bankstown strip with F/O Kenneth William Baxter (408687) being killed; on 30/12/43 sent to 2 AD for airframe to be converted.
A29-27 P-40E 41-5586 3/42 served with 75 Sqn; this a/c was listed at Williamtown, NSW on a USAAF Aircraft Movements, Status, and Statistics Section during March 1942 as damaged beyond local repair facilities; on 24/3/42 it was received by 76 Sqn from 2 EFTS Archerfield; on 30/3/42 issued to 75 Sqn as replacement for a/c lost at Port Moresby arriving there that day and P/O Ally Cecil Clifton Davies ran off the strip at Port Moresby into soft ground and it turned over, he was ferrying the a/c from Archerfield, Qld and was accompanied by 4 other P-40Es (A29-26, -28, -29, -30) and a Hudson; unserviceable with 75 Sqn in early 4/42; on 10/4/42 issued to 2 AD then to 5 AD on 25/5/42; converted to components on 30/7/42.
A29-28 P-40E 41-5336 3/42 served with 75 Sqn, 76 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 24/3/42 received by 76 Sqn from 2 EFTS Archerfield; was one of 5 P-40s picked up by 75 Sqn pilots on 30/3/42 and ferried to Port Moresby; 17/4/42 shot up by enemy a/c over Port Moresby and was repaired enough to fly to the mainland; 7/5/42 at 5 AD; 3/11/42 issued to 12 RSU as part of the a/c pool; was again allotted to 76 Sqn on 20/12/42 but this was eventually cancelled and sent to 3 AD; 9/6/43 arrived at 3 AD at which time a/c was serviceable but not operationally ready; issued to 2 OTU on 23/9/43; on 5/6/44 engine failed forcing F/Sgt Neville Lloyd Thornley (34772) to make a belly landing near Wentworth, NSW some 15 miles NW of the Mildura strip; 2/10/44 engine caught fire in the air causing it to crash land 5 miles SW of the Mildura strip; 28/7/45 issued to 1 CRD; 5/7/46 allotted to 1 Stores Depot; 23/9/47 approved for write off; held by RAAF Museum.

P-40E Kittyhawk A29-28
76 Squadron, 
Archerfield, 
March 1942
via Mike Mirkovic.

A29-29 P-40E 41-5612 3/42 served with 75 Sqn and 76 Sqn; on 24/3/42 received by 76 Sqn from 2 EFTS Archerfield; on 30/3/42 was one of 5 P-40s picked up by 75 Sqn pilots then ferried to Port Moresby NG and was coded 'I' with them; on 17/4/42 flown by F/L Les Jackson when he single handedly attacked a formation of 5 Bettys and 7 Zekes, he claimed 1 Zeke in this aircraft; on 24/4/42 it was shot down over Port Moresby NG with pilot F/Sgt Michael Seymour 'Mick' Butler (407220) being ok; on 13/7/42 it was written off.

Highlight for Album: Kittyhawk A29-29

A29-30 P-40E-1 41-24825 3/42 served with 75 Sqn and 76 Sqn; on 24/3/42 received by 76 Sqn from 2 EFTS Archerfield; on 30/3/42 was one of 5 P-40s picked up by 75 Sqn pilots then ferried to Port Moresby and coded 'X' with them; on 13/4/42 extensively damaged in combat with Zeros and bomber; on 21/8/42 it was decided to write it off but this was cancelled and it was sent to 5 Aircraft Depot; on 16/1/43 allotted to 75 Sqn again; on 10/6/43 while with 75 Sqn it made a forced landing at Turnbull strip, Milne Bay it skidded for about 20 yds when the belly tank exploded with the a/c catching fire continuing down the strip for another 100 yds with the fire crew extinguishing the fire after it stopped, seriously injuring F/O Norman James Smith (411979); went to 10 RSU then 3 AD; on 4/2/44 allotted to 2 CRD.
A29-31 P-40E 41-5463 3/42 served with 75 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 1/4/42 received by 75 Sqn coded 'Q' with them and was involved in the defence of Port Moresby; on 30/4/42 damaged by enemy action at Port Moresby and was sent to 5 AD taking several months to get there by 4/9/42; on 23/8/43 was received by 82 Sqn but within 2 months was sent to 2 OTU by 16/10/43; on 28/7/45 was issued to 1 CRD and from there allocated to 1 Stores Depot on 5/7/46; on 23/9/47 written off.
A29-32 P-40E 41-5494 3/42 served with 75 Sqn, 76 Sqn, 2 OTU and 1 OTU; on 26/3/42 received by 75 Sqn from 1 AD and served in the defense of Port Moresby; on 6/4/42 shot down while making a climbing attack on bombers with F/O Edmund James Johnson (673) crashing the a/c in a swamp area and he was ok; on 2/6/42 received by 5 AD where it sat for most of the rest of the year; on 9/12/42 was received by 76 Sqn; on 12/5/43 was received by 2 AD and then issued to 2 OTU on 16/7/43; on 7/1/44 received by 1 OTU; on 3/8/44 it was involved in a force landing after the engine started to vibrate badly with oil pouring from the port side of the engine the pilot [who?] electing to land with wheels up; on 2/9/44 F/L Laurence Francis Marshall Cronin DFC (400913) was forced to belly land on Letts Beach near Dutson School because the engine failed; on 6/3/45 allocated to School of Tech Training as instructional a/c; on 2/11/45 converted to components.
A29-33 P-40E 41-5518 3/42 served with 76 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 20/3/42 involved in a force landing; on 16/4/42 it made a belly landing at Rockhampton after being ferried from Archerfield Qld by Sgt Andrews; by 13/9/42 it was ready for issue to 75 Sqn; on 16/9/42 it went to 12 RSU to be issued to 76 Sqn on 10/10/42 where it remained u/s; on 21/3/43 it went back to 5 AD and from there to 2 OTU; on 23/5/43 it crashed writing off the u/c; on 3/12/43 it was received by 82 Sqn but went back to 2 OTU on 13/4/44; on 28/7/45 it was issued to 1 CAD then to 1 Stores Depot; on 23/9/47 it was w/o.
A29-34 P-40E 41-5520 3/42 served with 76 Sqn, 75 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 24/3/42 it was issued to 76 Sqn; on 22/4/42 issued to 75 Sqn from 76 Sqn and took part in the Battle for Pt Moresby; on 29/5/42 returned to 76 Sqn from 75 Sqn; on 3/6/42 it swung off the Weir strip and hit a tree [pilot?]; while with 76 Sqn at Milne Bay NG it was coded 'IB' and had "Tojo's Jinx" on cowling; on 5/10/42 issued back to 76 Sqn from 3 AD; on 7/2/43 it was involved in a landing accident at Strauss strip when it collided with A29-71 with pilot F/O John Derek Rumbold (408704) being injured; on 20/9/43 was received by 2 OTU; on 8/11/44 crashed near Karawinna North Vic about 50km SW of Mildura while with 2 OTU; on 30/11/44 approval to convert to components.
A29-35 P-40E 41-5523 3/42 served with 76 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 24/3/42 issued to 76 Sqn and served with them at Milne Bay, NG; on 28/9/42 sent to 3 AD; on 7/10/42 reissued to 76 Sqn and sustained damage to its mainplane on 4/11/42 [crash?] and went to 43rd Maintenance Sqn for repairs; on 14/11/42 received back at 76 Sqn only to have the brakes seize collapsing the port u/c 4 days later at the Strauss strip causing more damage with pilot F/L Ronald Clement Kerville (250662) escaping injury; it was sent to 4 RSU on 14/12/42; on 17/1/43 received back at 76 Sqn to eventually being received at 2 OTU on 9/5/43; on 6/12/43 the a/c was written off while at 2 OTU when being piloted by Sgt Ronald Keith Ashby it collided at 10,000ft with A20-89 near the airstrip at Mildura, Vic while practising attacks; both Sgt Ashby and F/O Gordon Horace White (pilot of Wirraway) bailed out with the former being injured while F/O White was uninjured; it was converted to comps.
A29-36 P-40E 41-5525 3/42 served with 76 Sqn; on 1/4/42 issued to 76 Sqn and served with them at Milne Bay, NG; on 11/8/42 shot down near Fall River [pilot?].
A29-37 P-40E 41-5530 3/42 served with 76 Sqn; on 1/4/42 issued to 76 Sqn from 1 AD; on 21/5/42 it hit a tree at Weir strip Townsville [pilot?].
A29-38 P-40E 41-5532 3/42 served with 75 Sqn; was to be issued to 76 Sqn but instead was allocated to 75 Sqn and was probably one of the a/c flown north from Australia by W/C Jeffrey, F/O Cox, Sims or Sgt Havard on 26/3/42; on 11/4/42 it was shot down by Zeros over Lae with pilot Sgt David Stuart Brown (401489) force landing his a/c on the beach at Kwong Point Salamaua and being taken a POW and Sgt Brown was last seen alive by 2 Americans Lutz and Reid on 26/5/42 and it is believed he was executed while a prisoner at Rabaul New Britain around that date.
A29-39 P-40E 41-5533 3/42 served with 76 Sqn, 75 Sqn, 82 Sqn, 2 OTU and 1 OTU; on 1/4/42 issued to 76 Sqn and served with them at Milne Bay, NG where it was coded 'IE' with 76 Sqn; on 31/12/42 it was involved in an emergency landing at Finke River Mission, NT when it hit a low rock ridge wrecking the u/c with F/Sgt Reginald Lindsay Simmons (400941) escaping injury; on 29/4/43 was received by 75 Sqn and coded GA-I with them; on 30/9/43 was received by 82 Sqn and then sent to 2 OTU on 13/4/44; on 17/5/44 issued to CGS for about 6 months returning to 2 OTU on 4/11/44; on 27/1/45 it was received by 1 OTU eventually being stored at 6 AD Oakey, Qld on 18/12/45; on 19/11/46 written off.
A29-40 P-40E 41-5536 3/42 served with 76 Sqn; on 1/4/42 issued to 76 and served with them at Milne Bay, NG; on 19/5/42 when taxiing to the dispersal area at Weir strip Townsville it hit a tree with the port wing with Sgt Martin being ok; on 17/7/42 still u/s with 76 Sqn; on 21/3/43 received 5 AD from 76 Sqn for repairs; on 21/4/43 issued to 75 Sqn from 5 AD; on 22/4/43 it forced landed some 40 miles from MacKay Qld at Conway Beach while on a ferry flight to 75 Sqn at Milne Bay [pilot?] and w/o.
A29-41 P-40E 41-5538 3/42 served with 75 Sqn and 2 OTU; left Archerfield, Qld for 75 Sqn at Port Moresby on 3/4/42 and was coded 'M' with them; with 75 Sqn it was flown sometimes by F/L Les Jackson during the defense of Port Moresby and had 'Schuftie' applied to both sides of the cowling (apparently the word was Arabic and meant to have a closer look at something); received at 5 AD on 31/8/42; on 25/10/43 it was received at 2 OTU; on 3/12/43 it crashed 8 miles west of Mildura, Vic killing Sgt William John King, he was circling another Kittyhawk that had forced landed at the time.
A29-42 P-40E 41-5546 3/42 served with 76 Sqn; was received by 76 Sqn on 23/3/42 but 4 days later crashed south of Brisbane at Ormeau killing P/O Cecil Rainsford Shepherd (411197) and was considered beyond repair.
A29-43 P-40E 41-5549 3/42 served with 75 Sqn; on 5/4/42 it was received by 75 Sqn and was coded 'P'; shot down west of Port Moresby, NG on 24/4/42 with pilot F/O Oswald John Channon (411286) being KIA.
A29-44 P-40E 41-5597 3/42 served with 75 Sqn and 76 Sqn; on 23/3/42 received by 76 Sqn; on 1/6/42 Sgt Roy Clayton Carroll (405468) was on a low level flight when he hit a tree and returned with minor damage; served with 76 Sqn at Milne Bay NG; on 26/10/42 received by 75 Sqn from 15 RSU; on 15/4/43 received by 75 Sqn having been back and forth between there and 10 and 12 RSUs; on 16/4/43 it overshot Turnbull strip Milne Bay and was extensively damaged; it was issued to 3 AD then 2 CRD where it was converted on 4/2/44.

P-40E Kittyhawk A29-44/IH, 
76 Squadron, 
Turnbull Strip, Milne Bay, June 1942, overshot the strip. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A29-45 P-40E 41-5600 3/42 served with 76 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 31/3/42 it was allotted to 76 but it overshot on landing and was stood on its nose and believe this was when the a/c was still with 1 AD as it was with them from that time until allotted to 75 Sqn on 17/8/42 but it appears it was passed onto 76 Sqn on 19/9/42; on 26/5/43 it was received by 2 OTU and while with them on 16/8/43 F/Sgt Stewart Maxwell Doig (401923) was forced to belly land in a paddock when the oil temperature went off the scale, pressured dropped and black smoke was emitted from the engine; on 25/2/44 while also with 2 OTU the port undercarriage collapsed after Sgt William Joseph Ryan had landed it; destroyed at the Werribee Bombing Range on 28/10/47.
A29-46 P-40E 41-5522 3/42 served with 75 Sqn; was allotted to 75 on 25/3/42 but on 4/4/42 this a/c crashed at Cessnock, NSW probably on a test flight before delivery and severely damaged; approval to convert to components given on 30/4/42.
A29-47 P-40E 41-5527 3/42 served with 75 Sqn; on 5/4/42 received by 75 Sqn and coded 'R' with them; on 28/4/42 it was shot down over Port Moresby, NG with pilot F/O Barry Mortimer Cox (260706) being KIA.
A29-48 P-40E 41-5535 3/42 served with 75 Sqn; on 5/4/42 received by 75 Sqn and was coded 'Y' with them; on 2/5/42 it was lost to enemy action near Turnbull strip with Sgt Donald Whiteside Munro (405641) being KIA.
A29-49 P-40E 41-13521 3/42 Delivered ex SS Robin Tuxtworth at Freemantle 3/42. Served with 77 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 20/4/42 with 77 Sqn; on 19/5/42 it crashed on take-off when a tyre burst causing extensive damage and consequently was sent for repairs; on 8/7/42 while with 77 Sqn Sgt Lloyd Ronald Thomas Ballard (411728) was forced to land wheels up at RAAF Pearce following low oil pressure and engine over heating, there was minimal damage; was allocated to 43rd Material Sqn on 23/8/42; by 13/10/42 it was back with 77 Sqn but was u/s next month; on 2/2/43 it was sent to 3 AD only to be issued back to 2 OTU on 17/2/43; on 19/2/43 it was involved in a crash at Mildura when one of the u/c legs collapsed after a normal landing; after repairs it was involved in another crash due to bad weather on 3/3/43; on 9/5/43 during take-off the engine cut out and it ended up landing in a vineyard with Sgt Ronald Cleveland Rose (421939) apparently being injured; late in that month it was sent to 5 AD; by 12/1/44 it was on strength with 82 Sqn at Bankstown NSW but it didn't stay long because by 11/4/44 it was back at 2 OTU only to go to CGS on the 18/5/44 then back to 2 OTU as a reserve a/c by 11/11/44; on 7/12/44 approval was given to get this a/c out of reserve to replace A29-57; it served at 2 OTU until sent to 1 CRD on 24/7/45 and from there it went to 1 SD (Stores Depot) on 12/2/46 then SAS on 6/8/47, when finally approval was given to write it off on 19/12/47.
A29-50 P-40E 41-5737 3/42 Delivered ex SS Robin Tuxtworth at Freemantle 3/42. Served with 77 Sqn; on 19/3/42 this was the first P-40E received by 77 Sqn after its formation; crashed near Pearce strip, WA on 15/7/42 after Sgt Mervyn James Baker (402903) lost control in cloud over the base and bailed out at 3000ft; a/c under conversion at Pearce on 12/9/42 and converted by 8/10/42.
A29-51 P-40E 41-5738 3/42 Delivered ex SS Robin Tuxtworth at Freemantle 3/42. Served with 77 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; was received by 77 Sqn on 20/3/42; on 8/7/42 it was involved in a crash landing at Guilford, WA when it was caught in the slipstream of the proceeding aircraft while landing with the pilot being Sgt Lloyd Ronald Thomas Ballard; it was unserviceable at Pearce WA until early October 1942, then sent back to 77 Sqn on 5/10/42; on 25/11/42 while with 77 Sqn Sgt Ronald Frederick Piper (411823) performed a force landed at Strauss strip NT due to the engine overheating and main bearing failure; after repairs at 5 AD it was back at 77 Sqn on 13/1/43 and from there was allocated to 76 Sqn; on 23/3/43 en route to 3 AD and then 76 Sqn it was damaged when the u/c collapsed on landing; was received by 82 Sqn on 29/11/43; on 5/1/44 while taking off for some gunnery practice a burst tyre forced an emergency landing; was sent to 2 OTU on 19/3/44 and from there being issued to CGS on 6/8/44 for 3 months when it returned to 2 OTU; on 18/12/45 it was received by 6 AD at Oakey where it was eventually authorised for w/o on 19/11/46.
A29-52 P-40E 41-13527 3/42 Delivered ex SS Robin Tuxtworth at Freemantle 3/42. Served with 77 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; was received by them on 20/3/42 and serving with them throughout 1942; on 2/2/43 it was received by 3 AD then issued to 2 OTU on 17/6/43; on 23/6/43 some damage was sustained to the prop and fuselage but cause is unknown; on 14/9/43 it was damaged again again cause unknown; it was received by 82 Sqn on 3/12/43, but was back at 2 OTU by 9/4/44; on 8/8/44 it ground looped at Mildura strip sustaining damage to the mainplane, prop and both u/c legs, it appears to have been left in this condition for some time; on 25/7/45 it was issued to 1 CRD, then on 6/8/47 sent to 1 SD with approval to w/o on 6/11/47.
A29-53 P-40E 41-13522 3/42 Delivered ex SS Robin Tuxtworth at Freemantle 3/42. Served with 77 Sqn and 76 Sqn; on 13/4/42 it was received at 77 Sqn (coded E) and flown by S/L Ian Kinross while with the sqn and he had cowl art of a pig sticking his bum towards the viewer; on 13/1/43 it was sent to 4 RSU for an engine change; on 19/1/43 it was again issued to 77 Sqn then to 76 Sqn on 13/3/43; on 3/9/43 it was received by 5 AD, then to 2 AD on 26/10/43; on 23/6/44 it was received by 1 Engineering School and offered for disposal on 28/8/46; being restored by Australian Military Aircraft Foundation (Briggs Industries?) for display at Moorabbin Air Museum; as at 6/2005 it is at Pt Cook undergoing further restoration; this a/c is also the subject of a painted print titled "Desperate Times".

Highlight for Album: Kittyhawk A29-53  Sdr.Ldr. Ian Kinross in front of his P-40E Kittyhawk A29-53/AM-E 'Pig's Arse'.
77 Squadron, Milne Bay, c.1943,
 via Mike Mirkovic.

A29-54 P-40E 41-5742 3/42 Delivered ex SS Robin Tuxtworth at Freemantle 3/42. Served with 77 Sqn, 76 Sqn, 75 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; received by 77 Sqn on 13/4/42; received by 76 Sqn on 13/3/43; received by 75 Sqn on 29/4/43; received by 82 Sqn on 11/9/43; received by 2 OTU on 25/4/44, then went to CGS on 18/5/44; approved for conversion to instructional frame on 5/2/45 for use at CFS; by 4/4/49 it was stored at Pt Cook and was still there on 27/4/51 stored in a hangar; on 23/2/53 it was sold to W F Gordon at Laverton Salvage for for #23.12.6
A29-55 P-40E 41-5744 3/42 Delivered ex SS Robin Tuxtworth at Freemantle 3/42. Served with 77 Sqn, 75 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; on strength with 77 Sqn on 6/4/42; on 22/5/42 it crashed into a tree guard damaging the propellor blades; on 17/8/42 it crash landed at Alice Springs enroute to Bachelor strip NT when the port undercarriage collapsed fortunately the pilot Sgt J A Allen was not injured; flown by P/O? Roger Kimpton while with that Sqn; on 27/11/42 it suffered a main bearing failure while landing at Livingstone strip, NT, pilot Sgt George Billinge Rich (412695) was ok; on 2/4/43 it was received at 75 Sqn from 12 RSU and was coded GA-G; on 11/9/43 it received at 82 Sqn from 75 Sqn; received at 2 OTU from 82 Sqn on 17/4/44 then it was sent to CGS on 7/8/44 from 2 OTU but was back at 2 OTU by 3/11/44; destroyed at the Werribee bombing range 8/4/48.
A29-56 P-40E 41-5736 3/42 Delivered ex SS Robin Tuxtworth at Freemantle 3/42. Served with 77 Sqn, 75 Sqn and 82 Sqn; on strength with 77 Sqn towards the end of March 1942; collided with a truck on the way to dispersal at Pearce, WA on 4/4/42 pilot was P/O Stuart Elliott Armstrong (411111) and this was 77 Sqn's first accident; on 27/4/42 it was issued to SHQ at Pearce, WA but was back with 77 Sqn by 11/5/42; on 10/7/42 it suffered an engine out just after takeoff it was landed back on the flare path [pilot?]; on 2/4/43 it was sent from 3 AD to 75 Sqn at Milne Bay, NG but it was only with 75 Sqn for a short time being received at 10 RSU on 8/4/43; on 6/7/43 it was sent south to NSW joining 82 Sqn at Bankstown, NSW; on 14/7/43 it crashed half a mile east of Bankstown on its last leg of the landing approach killing P/O Keith Ernest Spargo (418016); it was finally approved for conversion on 4/8/43.
A29-57 P-40E 41-13524 3/42 Delivered ex SS Robin Tuxtworth at Freemantle 3/42. Served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; with 77 Sqn on 10/7/42 it made a forced landing at Dunreath WA when oil pressure dropped and the engine overheated which is believed was due to a scavenger pump failure with pilot P/O John Allan Taylor Hodgkinson DFC (411495) escaping uninjured; on 23/8/42 it was caught in the slipstream of the proceeding P-40 and swung into a trench, so after this accident it was sent to the 43rd Material Sqn on 26/8/42; now on 16/2/43 it was sent to 2 OTU and while with them on 22/3/43 this a/c carried out a forced landing about 10kms (6 miles) from Tooleybuc NSW due to student pilot navigational error; on 29/7/43 again with 2 OTU Sgt Donald A Smyth was forced to belly land the a/c near Mildura, Vic, cause unknown and continuing the crashes with 2 OTU on 14/10/43 it overshot on landing at the Mildura strip causing damage to the port wing, propellor and fuselage [pilot?]; on 5/12/44 while carrying out circuits and landings it had the engine lose power on t/o forcing F/Sgt Trevor Kevin Casey (432119) to crash land near Mildura strip, which finally gave rise to approval on 29/12/44 for conversion.
A29-58 P-40E 41-5741 3/42 Delivered ex SS Robin Tuxtworth at Freemantle 3/42. Served with 77 Sqn, 76 Sqn and 2 OTU; arrived at 77 Sqn Pearce WA on 13/4/42; on 16/4/42 while on take-off at Dunreath strip WA this 77 Sqn a/c encountered some heavy sand causing the P-40 to tip onto its airscrew and causing extensive damage including writting off the engine and undercarriage, the pilot was F/L Daryl Maxwell Sproule; it was issued back to 77 Sqn on 23/7/42; while with 77 Sqn in late 1942 it had on the cowling a picture of Pluto running flat out chasing a Jap who was trying to sprint away; this was the usual a/c of P/O Dick Sudlow in late 1942; it was sent to 3 AD on 3/2/43 and from there issued to 76 Sqn on 13/3/43; on 9/5/43 it was received at 2 OTU from 76 Sqn; on 19/6/44 it was bounced on landing at Mildura, Vic and the undercarriage collapsed causing a good deal of damage [pilot?]; approval given to write-off on 19/12/47.
A29-59 P-40E 41-13525 3/42 Delivered ex SS Robin Tuxtworth at Freemantle 3/42. Served with 77 Sqn; received by 77 Sqn on 18/4/42; on 6/9/42 it ran into an ambulance damaging its starboard wing; on 13/11/42 crashed on mud plain near Daly River south of Darwin, pilot was F/O Dick Sudlow (406083) who was unhurt and it appears to have been an engine or airscrew failure which covered the windscreen and canopy in oil; was coded with a red or blue 'K' outlined in white while with 77 Sqn; on 13/5/44 approval was given to convert to instructional airframe for 1 ES.

P-40E Kittyhawk A29-59 
Anson Mk.I EG489 
7 A.D., Tocumwal, 
c.1945, 
 via Mike Mirkovic.

A29-60 P-40E 41-5739 3/42 Delivered ex SS Robin Tuxtworth at Freemantle 3/42. Served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 7/9/42 it crash landed on the beach of Melville Is north of Darwin due to an error with the fuel tank switching with P/O John Gray Gorton (future Prime Minister of Australia) being ok and the aircraft only receiving a bent prop so maintenance crew were sent by boat and landed on the 11/9/42 to carry out repairs and the P-40 was later flown out by F/L George Shave; on 28/7/43 while with 2 OTU it was involved in a landing accident when pilot Sgt R J Chambers ran into a boggy part of the strip and the wheels sank causing the a/c to nose over; on 23/9/43 again with 2 OTU it was involved in a crash at Gol Gol range, NSW while carrying out gunnery practise and exploded killing P/O Neville Douglas Murphy (429986).

P-40E Kittyhawk A29-60
2 O.T.U., Mildura, 
c.1943
via Mike Mirkovic.

A29-61 P-40E 41-5740 3/42 Delivered ex SS Robin Tuxtworth at Freemantle 3/42. Served with 77 Sqn; crash landed at Dunreath, WA on 3?/5/42; was converted to components on 20/5/42 with conversion being done at Pearce, WA.
A29-62 P-40E 41-5734 3/42 Delivered ex SS Robin Tuxtworth at Freemantle 3/42. Served with 77 Sqn; on 20/3/42 received at 77 Sqn; on 20/4/42 it hit an object at the end of the runway when landing; on 12/10/42 was on a test flight over Bachelor NT when P/O John Carmichael Griffith used electric pitch control which increased revs to 4000 rpm so he put the a/c into a climb to effect control but the engine overheated and caught fire so he bailed out at 26,000ft and the a/c was written off.
A29-63 P-40E 41-13523 3/42 Delivered ex SS Robin Tuxtworth at Freemantle 3/42. Served with 75 Sqn, 77 Sqn and 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 13/4/42 it was received at 77 Sqn; on 16/9/42 over Anson Bay NT F/O Gordon Sydney Gratton (407235) was 'shadow' shooting on the bay when starboard inner gun blew out a blast tube, causing leading edge damage, fortunately F/O Gratton landed without mishap and the a/c was repaired; sent to 12 RSU and from there sent to 75 Sqn on 22/4/43; on 25/4/43 it was sent to 10 RSU for engine change and issued back to 75 Sqn on 2/5/43; on 20/9/43 it went to 82 Sqn where it is believed it was coded 'U' and then to 2 OTU on 10/4/44; on 26/7/44 while landing the a/c veered to starboard and the pilot over corrected, it ground looped and the undercarriage collapsed; on 28/5/45 it made a belly landing because of engine failure some 20 miles west of Mildura strip and received considerable damage in the process, but F/Sgt Gordon John Mathews[sp] (24092) was ok; on 5/6/45 it was allocated to 1 CRD and received there on 30/6/45 for a complete overhaul; due to a surplus of a/c and declining need for this one it was decide to reduce to components and approval was given on 23/8/45.
A29-64 P-40E 40-386 3/42 Oddest P-40E in the RAAF. Delivered ex SS Robin Tuxtworth at Freemantle 3/42. Served with 77 Sqn; it was received by 77 Sqn on 13/4/42; on 15/5/42 it took off at 0730hrs on an un-authorised flight from Geraldton WA, when the engine started firing irregularly at 50 ft, caught fire and it crashed severely burning aF/L David Newton Daly (260707); a/c was written off.
A29-65 P-40E 41-5743 3/42 Delivered ex SS Robin Tuxtworth at Freemantle 3/42. Served with 77 Sqn and 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 13/4/42 it was received at 77 Sqn; on 22/9/42 it blew a tyre during a routine take-off but no other damaged was caused; on 16/2/43 it was sent to 2 OTU; on 2/7/43 it carried out a crash landing with that unit near Mildura Vic; on 21/9/43 it again crashed near Yelta, Vic? and was repaired; on 24/12/43 it was received at 82 Sqn; on 17/4/44 it was returned to 2 OTU from 82 Sqn; on 8/9/44 it collided with A29-126 while on exercise near Mildura and was converted to components with the fuselage was used for instruction and the engine and prop being held for spares.
A29-66 P-40E 41-5735 3/42 Derved with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; received by 77 Sqn on 13/4/42 and flown by them until early 1943; it was coded 'AM-E' with 77 Sqn and sometimes flown by P/O John Grey Gorton out of Livingston, NT; on 2/2/43 it was received at 3 AD and from there sent to 2 OTU on 16/2/43; it was involved in a landing mishap when it ground looped after a normal landing on 12/3/43 at Mildura strip; on 28/4/43 it was to be involved in a pairs formation training flight when it swung on take-off and the undercarriage collapsed causing a good deal of damage; after repairs it was issued to CFS at Parkes NSW on 13/12/43, then sent to CFS Pt Cook Vic on 8/10/44; it was finally issued to 1 CRD for storage on 5/12/45 and was eventually written off on 19/11/46.
A29-67 P-40E 41-13526 3/42 Delivered ex SS Robin Tuxtworth at Freemantle 3/42. Served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; was received by 77 Sqn on 13/4/42 and 10 days later on 23/4/42 when carrying out a normal landing at Pearce WA the airscrew struck the ground; it and A29-51 were held at Pearce before flying north to Livingstone strip NT in late Sept 1942; on 19/2/43 it was received at 2 OTU where Sgt R J Lambert undershot the strip on his first night landing of a Kittyhawk and hit some trees at Mildura on 1/7/43; from this unit it was issued to CFS Parkes NSW on 13/12/43; on 6/12/45 it was issued to 1 CRD and was there when allocated on 3/4/47 to the School of Air Support as target a/c; on 24/7/47 approval to write off was granted.
A29-68 P-40E 41-5346 3/42 served with 76 Sqn; it was originally allocated to 75 Sqn but instead was re-allocated and issued to 76 Sqn on 1/4/42; on 24/4/42 it crashed landed at Weir strip, Townsville and hit a tree with pilot P/O Arthur Douglas Nelson (405874) being ok but the a/c burnt out and was a w/o.
A29-69 P-40E 41-5550 3/42 served with 76 Sqn and 75 Sqn; on 1/4/42 issued to 76; on 25/4/42 allocated to 75 Sqn from 76 Sqn; on 27/4/42 crashed 50kms NW of Cooktown Qld while attempting to land on the beach to give assistance to Lt William McGovern whose Airacrobra had crashed the day before with F/O Montague David Ellerton (568) being trapped inside and killed.
A29-70 P-40E 41-5599 3/42 served with 76 Sqn; on 1/4/42 issued to 76 Sqn; on 16/4/42 it's u/c collapsed on landing after ferry flight by Sgt Booth that damaged the port wing and flap and the belly tank; on 21/5/42 it crashed into sea off Townsville with Sgt Alan Bryant Martin (402245) posted as missing being revised the next month to killed.
A29-71 P-40E 41-5632 3/42 served with 75 Sqn, 76 Sqn, 1 OTU and 2 OTU; on 1/4/42 it was issued to 76 Sqn; on 19/7/42 it was forced to land due to engine probs and collided with A29-85 at Townsville Qld with F/O John Harold Whiting DFC (407853); on 10/8/42 it was received by 75 Sqn in time for the Battle of Milne Bay and it appears it made a force landing on a beach as it was being salvaged from there on 15/9/42 and then issued to 15 RSU; on 12/11/42 it was flown to the mainland for issue back to 76 Sqn; on 9/12/42 it was received by them at Strauss NT; on 20/12/42 while landing at the Strauss strip it swung off the runway and ran into some trees with Sgt Terence Desmond Madigan (407444) being ok; on 17/1/43 it was repaired and issued back to 76 Sqn; on 7/2/43 it was involved in another landing accident at Strauss strip when it collided with A29-34 with the pilot being F/O L E Crossing; on 24/10/43 it was issued to 2 OTU and while with them on 25/11/43 it was invovled in another crash landing; by 14/12/43 it was marked as to be put in storage and not used without authority, however on 31/12/43 it was allocated to 1 OTU and received by them on 7/1/44; on 16/1/45 after a mock attack on a Beaufort it did a half roll and crashed 8 miles (13 km) from Seaspray, Vic south of Sale, killing pilot F/O William Robert Binning; now believed under restoration by B Saunders in Melbourne Victoria.

Highlight for Album: Kittyhawk A29-71  P-40E Kittyhawk A29-71/B 'Beverley', 
75 Squadron, Milne Bay area, 
Sept., 1942, forced landing by Sdr.Ldr. Les Jackson. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A29-72 P-40E 41-5507 3/42 served with 75 Sqn and 77 Sqn; this was the tired old P-40E that F/L Cresswell flew over to Perth WA on 24/3/42 and had the word "Yehudi" down the entire port side in a dripping yellow, though no one appears knows the meaning of the word or who in the 49th PG put it there; one of the original a/c with 77 Sqn until 2/2/43; on 6/4/43 was received by 75 at Milne Bay, NG and was coded GA-E with them; on 1/8/43 with 75 Sqn it was involved in a landing accident at Milne Bay, NG when the port brake seized causing it to run off the runway into some logs collapsing the undercarriage, the pilot F/Sgt Patrick Martin Mannix Sheahan (411196) was uninjured; on 11/11/43 issued to 5 AD for repairs and approved for conversion 18/8/44.
A29-73 P-40E-1 41-24817? Not Del Project X 01/01/42 X 21/02/42 off Sumac 07/04/42. USAAF Records have P-40E-1 Kittyhawk #41-24817 crash landing at Tumut in New South Wales during a smokey haze. The pilot named was a Lt.Gilbert. The aircraft was a total loss and was removed to 5AD at Wagga March 42. The time of the crash was 0920/2/2. Condemned by 43rdMS/5AD. But this is in conflict with detailed entries for all 8thPS Crashes whilst based at Canberra, along with noted Serial numbers: ( per A50 Canberra Station Headquarters Sheet: P-40E 41-5602 #51 Lt N.T.Takala was killed in this 28/03/42 near Towamba ,Canberra. Entries list 4 USAAF P-40E serials,41-5455, 41-5576, 41-5602 and 41-5559 as detailed per RAAF A50 Records Page327: dated 28/03/42.). A further RAAF and USAAF file has the following damaged aircraft waiting to be removed or repaired from Canberra SHQ as at 28/03/1942. They were 41-5617, 41-5646, 41-5368, 41-5349 and 41-24817. USAAF Records confirm 9 P-40 accident losses per 8thPS at Canberra. There was no USAAF Pilot named Gilbert at that time in the 49thPG or the Erection Depot at the time. Actual pilot of P-40E-1 41-24817 was Flying Officer Arthur George William Gilbert RAAF Serv#799, with the crash location given by the RAAF as Cessnock, New South Wales; Date of the accident confirmed as being the 4th April 1942, the date of his death. Aircraft was being ferried to Laverton. It seems that either the A29-73 E/E-88 Card was missing during transfer to NAA, or 41-24817 being not "officially" taken on. Confirming only, that this P-40E-1 was being flown by RAAF Pilot on delivery to 1AD on the 04/04/42.
A29-74 P-40E-1 41-24862 3/42 served with 76 Sqn; on 1/4/42 issued to 76 Sqn; crash landed on 20/7/42 after hitting a mound of dirt on the partially complete strip at Rorona NG due to being diverted there from Port Moresby because of an air attack, the pilot Sgt Robert Alexander Gray was not injured; it was held at 15 RSU until early 11/42 and then to 3 AD where it was converted to components on 4/1/43.
A29-75 P-40E 41-5555 3/42 served with 75 Sqn, 76 Sqn and 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 1/4/42 it was issued to 76 Sqn; on 10/6/42 it was involved in a landing accident and was involved with 76 Sqn in the battle for Milne Bay; on 24/8/42 it was involved in another accident at Fall River, NG when the starboard a/c collapsed; on 12/3/43 went to 75 Sqn; on 16/10/43 it was received by 82 Sqn and then sent to 2 OTU on 12/4/44; by 9/10/45 it was with 1 CRD and was written off there on 19/12/47.
A29-76 P-40E 40-663 4/42 served with 75 Sqn; on 10/4/42 it was received at Archerfield Qld and issued to 75 Sqn from there and was coded 'T' with them with F/Sgt Robert William Crawford (402642) flying it on several occasions; on 24/4/42 F/Sgt Crawford was on a cover patrol with F/L Les Jackson off the airstrip when an enemy raid came in and because they had been up for some time had to land the a/c to refuel during an attack, however on taking off he was shot down by Zeros over Port Moresby, NG with the a/c crashing into the sea F/Sgt Crawford was ok.
A29-77 P-40E 41-5528 4/42 served with 75 Sqn and 76 Sqn; issued to 76 Sqn on 13/4/42 and served with them in the battle for Milne Bay, NG until damaged on 13/8/42 by enemy strafing; returned to 76 Sqn on 7/10/42; during 1/43 it spent time grounded at Cloncurry, Qld with generator problems on 18/2/43 it was received by 75 Sqn; on 14/4/43 it entered a spin during combat and on recovery the engine was emitting oil and on fire, forcing P/O Norman Sherwood Houghton (401792) to land on a reef near Cotai Village Sideia Is and it was written off.
A29-78 P-40E 41-5564 4/42 served with 76 Sqn; originally allocated to 77 Sqn but this was cancelled then issued to 76 Sqn on 13/4/42 and subsequently served in the battle of Milne Bay, NG and had "Bloody Mary" on the starboard nose above the exhaust stack; on 16/8/42 a tyre burst on take-off and it veered off the Marsden matting and crashed into a stationary Hudson A16-218 at Milne Bay, NG killing Cpl Ellis and causing injuries for Kitty pilot F/O Colin Wellesley Lindeman DFC (260810); converted to components by 25/11/42.
A29-79 P-40E 41-5651 4/42 served with 75 Sqn, 76 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 13/4/42 it was issued to 75 Sqn; it was involved in the battle for Port Moresby and was the last serviceable a/c of 75 Sqn and was flown out to Cairns, Qld by F/L Les Jackson; on 5/7/42 it was received by 76 Sqn; by 11/8/42 it was allocated to 15 RSU at Gurney strip until forwarded onto 3 AD on 22/12/42; it was made serviceable and sent to 82 Sqn by 13/7/43; on 16/4/44 it was received by 2 OTU and from there sent to CGS on 18/5/44 then going back to 2 OTU on 4/11/44; by 13/8/45 it was at SHQ, Laverton Vic and from there put into storage at 1 CRD until used as a target a/c; written off 26/8/47.
A29-80 P-40E-1 41-24870 4/42 served with 76 Sqn and 2 OTU; allocated to 75 Sqn and arrived at Archerfield 10/4/42 minus the wireless installation; 27/4/42 arrived at 5 AD; 8/6/42 it was issued to 76 Sqn and participated in the battle for Milne Bay; on 7/9/42 it was flown by Sgt Loudon on a mission to attack Japanese shipping off Normanby Is; by 12/10/42 it was unserviceable with 76 Sqn in northern Australia (Northern Territory); 1/1/43 issued to 3 AD; 5/5/43 ground looped on landing after a training flight wrecking the undercarriage and damaging the port wing, engine cowling and airscrew; 13/9/43 issued to 2 OTU Mildura, Vic; on 26/11/43 it crashed into a large dead tree while performing a low flying exercise 20 miles west of Mildura, Vic killing F/O Thomas James Russell Crow (409818); on 10/12/43 allotted to 1 CD for conversion.
A29-81 P-40E 41-5508 3/42 served with 76 Sqn at Milne Bay, NG; 31/3/42 allocated to 76 Sqn from Archerfield Qld; 23/5/42 crashed at Weir strip Townsville when undercarriage collapsed damaging propeller and tail wheel when Sgt Lavendar was trying to land; 3/8/42 sent back to 76 Sqn from SHQ; on 7/8/42 had another undercarriage failure at Goodenough Is when forced to land due to fuel shortage; 29/10/42 written off.
A29-82 P-40E-1 41-25110 4/42 served with 2 OTU; on 16/4/42 was issued to Performance and Test flight for a week; on 18/5/42 it was received at 2 OTU from 1 AD and had "82" painted in white on the fuselage aft of the roundel; on 22/6/42 when piloted by F/L Edward Hamilton Bell Jackson (270530) it was involved in a mid-air collision with A29-102 but was landed safely back at the Mildura strip with a bent propeller; on 28/6/42 a mere 6 days later it was involved in a crash landing at Euston NSW with P/O C A Morris in command; on 19/1/43 a Boomerang A46-23 hit this a/c while landing at Mildura Vic [pilot?]; on 10/2/43 it was approved for conversion.

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A29-83 P-40E-1 41-25111 4/42 served with 76 Sqn, 1 OTU and 2 OTU; was with 76 Sqn at Milne Bay, NG; crashed at Bundaberg, Qld ??/7/43; on 23/9/43 was received by 2 OTU but was not to be used without HQ authority; on 7/1/44 was received by 1 OTU and by 28/1/45 the a/c still required repairs to a spar in starboard wing and by the next month it was considered repairs were best carried out by replacing the parts; on 2/5/45 it was sent to 1 CRD for converting to components.

Highlight for Album: Kittyhawk A29-83

A29-84 P-40E-1 41-25112 4/42 served with 75 Sqn and 76 Sqn; on 27/4/42 issued to 75 Sqn from 1 AD; on 9/5/42 it collided with A29-88 on t/o from Weir strip sustaining damage to its flaps with P/O Peter Howard Ash (260771) being ok; on 29/7/42 it was issued to 76 Sqn and served with them in the Battle of Milne Bay, NG; on 11/8/42 it crashed and burnt as a result of enemy action with F/Sgt George Frederick Inkster (402292) being killed when he bailed out of the burning Kitty at 200ft and his parachute only partially opened. (RAAF record card has it being lost at Goodenough Island but there were no a/c lost there as a result of enemy action on that day and is probably a case of miss information.)
A29-85 P-40E-1 41-25113 4/42 served with 75 Sqn, 76 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 27/4/42 it was issued to 76 Sqn; on 19/7/42 it collided with A29-71, near Townsville Qld was coded 'Y' and was flown by S/L Keith William "Bluey" Truscott (400213) at the time and so was left at Townsville Qld with 12 RSU from there it was transferred to 75 Sqn on 3/9/42; on 1/11/43 it was received by 82 Sqn at Bankstown, NSW; on 9/4/44 it was received by 2 OTU; on 8/2/45 while with 2 OTU after performing some aerobatics the a/c dived vertically into the ground near Thurla Vic killing F/O Thomas Watson Wood.
A29-86 P-40E-1 41-25115 4/42 served with 75 Sqn, 76 Sqn and 82 Sqn; 18/5/42 received at 76 Sqn and served with them at Milne Bay, NG; on 5/9/42 it was involved in a collision at (Gurney strip?) Milne Bay; was sent to 15 RSU for an engine change and allocated to 75 Sqn but never issued, then it was to be flown back to Australia in late 11/42 but still damaged at that time; on 9/3/43 it was received at 75 Sqn serving with them till late 9/43; on 3/12/43 it was received at 82 Sqn; on 24/12/43 it collided with A29-26 some 3 miles (5 kms) SW of Bankstown strip with F/L Clyde Douglas Hill (280804) being killed; on 30/12/43 sent to 2 AD for airframe to be converted.
A29-87 P-40E-1 41-25119 4/42 served with no Sqn; on 9/4/42 allocated to 1 AD for repair and rebuild due to being damaged on the docks but that was cancelled 5 days later; on 20/4/42 it was issued back to the USAAC from 1 AD and is believed without the repairs being completed.
A29-88 P-40E-1 41-25121 4/42 served with 76 Sqn, 77 Sqn and 75 Sqn; on 26/4/42 while being ferried from Laverton F/L Brian A Grace (402053) was forced to land at Shepparton Vic; on 4/5/42 received by 76 Sqn; on 9/5/42 it collided with A29-84 on t/o from Weir strip with Sgt Thomas Lawrence Gullifer (408650) being ok; on 25/7/42 F/Lt Vernon Francis Wilfred Sullivan was forced to land 5 miles from Port Moresby in a dry creek bed owing to petrol shortage; it sat out the Battle for Milne Bay at 3 AD and by 23/10/42 it was at Townsville; on 17/11/42 received by 77 Sqn and went u/s with them and sent back to 3 AD; on 22/4/43 received by 75 Sqn; on 14/6/43 the a/c slid about 10 yards down a slope into a drain at Turnbull strip damaging the fuselage and severely damaging the tail wheel; on 22/11/43 approval for conversion to components.
A29-89 P-40E-1 41-25122 4/42 served with 2 OTU; was allocated to 75 on 12/5/42 but that was cancelled and instead was issued to 2 OTU on 15/5/42; on 15/6/42 its port wing struck a tree and it was sent to 5 AD for repairs; on 28/9/42 Sgt Stanley Charles Havard lost control of it at 6,500ft and it spun into the ground at Coomealla NSW killing him.
A29-90 P-40E-1 41-25123 4/42 served with 76 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 4/5/42 it was received by 76 Sqn; by 11/8/42 it was declared u/s which may have been a result of enemy action on that date; it was sent to 15 RSU for repairs then back to 76 Sqn by 7/10/42 being held at Batchelor, NT; on 11/11/42 its port wing hit a tree while taxiing and sent to 4 RSU for repairs; on 5/1/43 was received back at 76 Sqn but that was short lived being sent to 2 OTU on 11/5/43; on 2/7/43 it was involved in an accident at Mildura; on 4/1/44 while returning to the airfield (Mildura) at 500' from shadow shooting over Lake Victoria, Sgt Gerald Norman Sayce carried out a belly landing 12 miles NW of the airstrip cause unknown, and he died later that day in Mildura Base hospital of injuries sustained during that force landing.
A29-91 P-40E-1 41-25124 4/42 served with 2 OTU; on 9/4/42 allocated from docks to 76 Sqn then later to 75 Sqn but both allocations were cancelled (was ex-ET448); on 18/5/42 received 2 OTU from 1 AD; on 7/6/43 was involved in a forced landing when Sgt Mike Rose landed with the wheels up incurring minimal damage except big embarrassment; on 12/7/43 crashed at South Yelta on the satellite strip and burnt out with pilot Sgt Ronald James Chambers escaping injury and was written off from that date.

Highlight for Album: Kittyhawk A29-91

A29-92 P-40E-1 41-25166 5/42 served with 76 Sqn; originally 41-25164 was allocated to this serial but was cancelled on 28/4/42 and then 41-25166 was allocated; on 18/5/42 it was received by 76 (coded "IW"); on 26/5/42 starboard wing collided with wing of A29-93 on the Weir strip Townsville and during August and September 1942 it participated in the Battle for Milne Bay; on 27/8/42 S/L Peter Turnbull (481) was KIA while strafing Japanese positions near Sanderson's Bay, NG; a machine gun from this a/c is on display at the Australian War Memorial.
A29-93 P-40E-1 41-25168 5/42 served with 76 Sqn; originally 41-25180 was allocated to this serial but was cancelled on 28/4/42 and then 41-25168 allocated; on 18/5/42 was received by 76 Sqn; on 26/5/42 A29-92 collided with it at Weir strip Townsville; on 23/6/42 involved in another accident at Weir strip which caused extensive damage requiring repair by 5 AD though it was still at Townsville in mid-July 1942; it was hurriedly sent to 76 at Milne Bay, NG and took part in that battle; on 11/8/42 it was lost to enemy action at Milne Bay NG when attacking 8-12 Japanese aircraft being shot down with F/O Albert Gordon McLeod (411807) KIA; on 12/4/67 the remains of the a/c (and pilot?) were found in dense rainforest with parts of the fuselage around the serial number of this a/c salvaged and are now on display at RAAF Museum Point Cook, Vic.
A29-94 P-40E-1 41-25176 5/42 served with 75 Sqn, 76 Sqn and 82 Sqn; originally 41-25163 was allocated to this serial but was cancelled on 28/4/42 and then 41-25176 was allocated; on 18/5/42 it was received by 76 Sqn; on 2/6/42 it was landing at night and ran through the flare path killing a civilian and causing damage to flaps, u/c, cowling and tail; it sat out the Battle for Milne Bay, NG at SHQ Townsville and later 5 AD; on 19/2/43 it was received by 75 Sqn; on 1/6/43 it ran into some cattle which had wandered onto the Turnbull strip as it was landing causing severe damage but Sgt Arthur Robert Heywood (410057) escaped injury; on 7/6/43 it was received back at 75 Sqn but on 11/9/43 it was sent to 82 Sqn; on 22/10/43 it was involved in a crash at Bankstown strip, NSW and sent to 2 AD for repairs; while with 2 AD on 24/2/44 the oil pressured dropped off during a flight and the engine caught fire forcing F/L S M Stuart to abandon the a/c near Taren Point, NSW and parachuted to safety; it was salvaged and converted to comps.

P-40E Kittyhawk A29-94/V 'Doover', 
75 Squadron, 
Turnbull Strip, Milne Bay, 
June, 1942, forced landed due to cattle on the strip. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A29-95 P-40E-1 41-25177 5/42 served with 76 Sqn; originally 41-25185 was allocated to this serial but was cancelled on 28/4/42 and then 41-25177 was allocated; on 18/5/42 received by 76 Sqn from 2 AP; on 7/8/42 the undercarriage collapsed in rough ground when landing on Goodenough Is due to fuel shortage; on 5/2/43 approval was given to convert to comps.
A29-96 P-40E-1 41-35966 5/42 served with 76 Sqn and 2 OTU; originally 41-25181 was allocated to this serial but was cancelled and then 41-35966 (ex ET612) was allocated; on 18/5/42 it was received by 76 Sqn and this a/c took part in the Battle for Milne Bay and is believed to have been coded 'IU' during that time; on 7/9/42 it was flown by Sgt Watts on a mission to attack Japanese shipping off Normanby Is; on 21/11/42 the port u/c collapsed on landing with F/L Peter Howard Ash (260771) being ok, then it went to 4 RSU; on 27/1/43 it was received back at 76 Sqn serving with them until sent to 2 OTU on 9/5/43; on 8/6/43 nearly a month later it was involved in a forced landing when Sgt 'Blue' Lambert took off on an empty tank; on 10/9/45 it was received by 1 CRD for storage; on 19/11/46 was authorised for w/o.
A29-97 P-40E-1 41-35970 5/42 served with 75 Sqn and 2 OTU; originally 41-25174? was allocated to this serial but was cancelled on 26/4/42 and then 41-35970 (ex ET616) was allocated; on 14/5/42 it was issued to 75 Sqn and served with them in the Battle of Milne Bay; on 25/11/42 it was damaged in a landing accident when it ran off the strip and stood on its nose at Cairns strip Qld because Sgt Daniel Richard Austin (408630) left the braking too late; on 28/3/43 it was issued back to 75 Sqn but not quite a month later on 22/4/43 at 0950 hrs P/O John Colin Morrison AFC (407587) was forced to land it at Horn Is strip due to engine failure during a test flight while ferrying the aircraft to 75 Sqn causing extensive damage, with repairs taking many months before being sent to 2 OTU on 23/9/43; on 1/11/44 it ground looped at Mildura, Vic then on 25/2/45 while with 2 OTU it crashed through a fence on take-off [pilot?]; on 22/6/45 approval was given to convert to comps.
A29-98 P-40E-1 41-35973 5/42 served with 75 Sqn; originally 41-25167 was allocated to this serial but was cancelled on 26/4/42 and then 41-35973 (ex ET619) was allocated; on 14/5/42 issued to 75 Sqn from 2 AP; on 27/6/42 returned to 75 Sqn from 5 AD; on 3/8/42 strafed by enemy aircraft while it was on the ground and burnt; on 12/9/42 it was written off.
A29-99 P-40E-1 41-35974 5/42 served with 75 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; originally 41-25177 was allocated to this serial but was cancelled on 26/4/42 and then 41-35974 (ex ET620) was allocated; on 14/5/42 it tipped up on its nose while landing at Kingaroy Qld; it served with 75 Sqn at the Battle of Milne Bay and was coded 'P' located before roundel with 'Cleopatra' under exhaust on starboard side and flown by F/O Geoffrey Charles Atherton; on 12/10/43 received by 82 Sqn at Bankstown, NSW; on 10/4/44 received by 2 OTU from 82 Sqn; on 15/5/45 it crash landed at Mildura, Vic and consequently converted to comps.
A29-100 P-40E-1 41-35975 5/42 served with 75 Sqn; originally 41-28184 was allocated to this serial but was cancelled on 26/4/42 with 41-35975 (ex ET621) being allocated; on 14/5/42 issued to 75 Sqn from 2 AP; on 20/5/42 it was involved in an accident; on 11/8/42 it was part of 22 Kittyhawks from 75 & 76 Sqn that attacked a second Japanese raid just after midday and it took off from Fall River to intercept enemy aircraft and was last seen 4 miles from Fall River attacking enemy aircraft but W/O Francis Pentland Shelley (402408) failed to return and was declared MIA (most probably KIA).
A29-101 P-40E-1 41-25141? 5/42 served with 2 OTU; (originally 41-25168 was allocated this Australian series number on 26/4/42 but returned to the USAAF that day); on 15/5/42 issued to 2 OTU (ex ET465); on 8/7/42 it was involved in a forced landing damaging the prop and undercarriage when the latter was not lowered; on 14/7/42 the radiator cowlings and undercarriage was damaged again in another forced landing; on 7/10/42 the starboard mainplane and aileron were damaged in another landing accident; on 18/4/43 the prop, the forward part of the fuselage, the port and starboard wing leading edge were damaged in an accident [cause?]; on 19/6/44 belly landed at Yelta Vic 19/6/44 when the engine stopped in flight; on 4/10/44 the engine failed and W/O N S Faulks was forced to land 7 miles NE of the Mildura strip; after this landing accident the a/c was converted to components.
A29-102 P-40E-1 41-25142 5/42 served with 2 OTU; on 18/5/42 it was received by 2 OTU (ex ET466); on 22/6/42 it collided with A29-82 in mid-air with Sgt Bruce Albert Nott (412262) managing to land safely back at the Mildura strip; on 13/7/42 Sgt Colin Laing (408263) undershot the strip and hit some rough ground causing the u/c to collapse; on 7/10/42 it ground looped towards the end of its landing run and was involved in yet another crash during the year on 29/11/42 [more details?]; on 27/5/43 it was involved in a belly landing [Mildura?]; on 26/7/44 it caught fire in the air forcing Sgt David Murdoch Brown (433698) who became injured to take to his parachute with the a/c crashing near Merrinee, Vic about 20 miles (35 kms) SW of Mildura; on 18/8/44 was approved for conversion.
A29-103 P-40E-1 41-36103 5/42 served with 75 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 14/5/42 while with 1 AD (ex ET749) on landing the brakes locked up forcing the a/c to stand on its nose damaging the prop; on 7/6/42 it arrived for service with 75 Sqn from 1 AD; on 10/12/42 on returning from a strafing practice it ran off the runway at Cairns and stood on its nose again; on 14/4/43 F/Sgt James McLaren Stirling (405427) was wounded in the lower right leg during a combat with a Japanese fighter in this Kittyhawk but returned to Turnbull strip, NG and landed ok; on 16/6/43 it returned to 75 Sqn; on 11/10/43 it was sent to 82 Sqn; on 16/4/44 it went to 2 OTU and from there went to 1 CRD on 1/8/45 for storage for eventual write off on 26/8/47.
A29-104 P-40E-1 41-25144 5/42 served with 77 Sqn, 76 Sqn, 75 Sqn, 82 Sqn; on 31/5/42 issued to 77 Sqn from 1 AD (ex ET468); on 1/10/42 while with 77 Sqn at Batchelor, NT this a/c was taxiing from the strip downhill to the dispersal area with two airman on the wings to help guide Sgt John Bradley O'Conner (408753) at night, he switched on the landing lights, which reflected off prop blinding him so he turned them off and soon after that one of the airmen on the wing yelled out to brake, which were applied abruptly causing the a/c to nose over and damage the prop tips; on 13/3/43 it was issued to 76 then on 29/4/43 it was re-issued to 75 Sqn; on 8/5/43 it was back with 75 Sqn again then to 10 RSU for maintenance; on 3/6/43 it was back with 75 Sqn again until sent to 82 Sqn on 16/10/43; on 9/4/44 it was issued to 2 OTU and served out its days there; on 1/8/45 it went to 1 CRD for storage and was written off on 4/6/48.
A29-105 P-40E-1 41-25145 5/42 served with 75 Sqn, 76 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 23/5/42 issued to 75 Sqn from 1 AD (ex ET469); on 29/5/42 it went to 76 Sqn from 75 Sqn; on 30/5/42 at Weir strip Townsville it was on a night exercise and held off too high when landing causing damage to the prop, cowl and flaps; on 27/7/42 it was involved in an accident and sent to 15 RSU; on 7/8/42 it was damaged at Fall River consequently it was sent to 15 RSU; on 14/6/43 it was issued to 13 ARD; on 11/8/43 while with 13 ARD Sgt Stephen Thomas Kerrison (30779) was involved in a landing accident at Breddan when the undercarriage failed to lock down and the port wheel collapsed on landing; on 2/2/44 received by 82 Sqn from 13 ARDRP; on 9/4/44 received 2 OTU from 82 Sqn; on 6/12/44 it was involved in a force landing at 'Burta' Station near Broken Hill; on 18/8/45 received by 1 CRD from 2 OTU; on 19/11/46 authorised for w/o.
A29-106 P-40E-1 41-36101 5/42 served with 75 Sqn and 76 Sqn; on 23/5/42 issued to 75 Sqn from 1 AD (ex ET747) but appears to have been used very little by them as it was allocated to 76 Sqn within 6 days; on 1/6/42 received by 76 Sqn at Townsville, Qld and took part in the Battle for Milne Bay with that Sqn; on 29/8/42 it hit a tree on landing at Milne Bay, NG causing extensive damage to engine, prop and mainplanes and killing its ferry pilot from 12 RSU F/O Brendon John Davis (407225); by 19/11/42 it was being converted to components at 15 RSU.
A29-107 P-40E-1 41-36102 5/42 served with 75 Sqn, 76 Sqn, 2 OTU; on 7/6/42 received by 75 Sqn while reforming at Kingaroy Qld from 1 AD (ex ET748); on 3/7/42 sent to 76 Sqn from 75 Sqn where it served in the Battle of Milne Bay; on 19/7/42 the pilot [who?] lost control of the a/c and it ran off the strip and was extensively damaged consequently it went to 3 AD from 76 Sqn; on 13/6/43 it was received by 2 OTU after extensive repairs; on 5/1/44 it was received by CGS; on 9/11/44 it was received by CFS from CGS and remained there until being issued to 1 CRD for storage; on 24/7/47 it was destroyed at the Werribee bombing range.
A29-108 P-40E-1 41-36095 5/42 served with 75 Sqn; on 7/6/42 it was received by 75 at Kingaroy and was coded 'M' with them (ex ET741); on 27/8/42 it went missing in the Fall River area and is believed this is the a/c P/O Stuart Munro was KIA in.
A29-109 P-40E-1 41-36106 5/42 served with 75 Sqn; initially this was allocated to 77 Sqn; on 25/5/42 it went to 75 Sqn where it was coded 'K' with them (ex ET752); on 28/8/42 at night it was one of 12 a/c flown out to Port Moresby and while preparing to land there crashed killing Sgt William David Cowe (401769).
A29-110 P-40E-1 41-25143 5/42 served with 75 Sqn; on 23/5/42 it was issued to 75 Sqn (ex ET467), was coded 'J' with them and was in the Battle of Milne Bay; on 26/8/42 was seen near Dawson Is off the eastern cape and F/O William Allan Whetters (3403) after seeing the same jetty presumably off Dawson Is for a second time decided to ditch near the island as fuel was running low.
A29-111 P-40E-1 41-36099 5/42 served with 75 Sqn and 77 Sqn; on 23/5/42 issued to 75 Sqn (ex ET745) from 1 AD; on 28/8/42 involved in an accident at Milne Bay which caused damaged to the mainplane and tail [pilot?]; on 12/11/42 it was received by 77 Sqn at Livingstone, NT; on 21/4/43 it was re-issued to 75 Sqn; 26/4/43 it was ditched into Repulse Bay with the engine being ripped from the fuselage [pilot?]; on 3/6/43 approval was given for conversion.
A29-112 P-40E-1 41-36098 5/42 served with 77 Sqn; on 20/7/42 it was issued to 77 Sqn from 1 AD; on 20/12/42 at 2140hrs F/L George R Shave of 77 Sqn bailed out after after airscrew and bearing were damaged, resulting in an in flight fire between Batchelor and Livingston Field, NT with F/L Shave being injured.
A29-113 P-40E-1 41-36104 5/42 served with 77 Sqn, 76 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 20/7/42 received by 77 Sqn from 1 AD and was the usual aircraft of S/L 'Dick' Cresswell when he was the CO of 77 Sqn from 4/42 and was coded 'U' (often depicted red, but during 1942 the RAAF was getting rid of any hint of red on its aircraft, this colour should be a pale blue) and had the three flags for Australia, UK and the US on the nose below the engine exhausts; on 23/11/42 during the night S/L Cresswell in this a/c intercepted three Bettys over Darwin, downing T359, serial 5414 of the Tokao Ku over Koolpinyah, NT, the Betty fell onto the Herbert Station narrowly missing the Homestead, and a 77 Sqn barbecue being held there; on 13/3/43 received by 76 Sqn from 3 AD; on 9/5/43 it was received by 2 OTU from 76 Sqn; on 27/6/43 it crashed near Mildura Vic after a fuel line broke at 18,000 ft Sgt John Geoffrey Gadsden (418828) attempted a forced landing but was forced to bail out due to a fire in the cockpit which eventually caused the a/c to explode.

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A29-114 P-40E-1 41-36105 5/42 served with 75 Sqn, 77 Sqn and 82 Sqn; on 31/5/42 it was issued to 77 Sqn and was in and out of serviceability for that year going to 3 AD on 2/2/43; on 22/4/43 it was received by 75 Sqn from 3 AD; on 17/6/43 it stalled on landing at Turnbull strip, Milne Bay with pilot being Sgt Kenneth Chandos Reade (415590) [from 76 Sqn?]; it was returned to 75 Sqn on 3/8/43; on 26/11/43 it was received by 82 Sqn; on 11/2/44 was involved in a night landing accident at Bankstown? strip, NSW with 82 Sqn when first the starboard then the port u/c collapsed, the pilot F/O Rodway Taylor Crossley (413539) was not injured; on 30/10/44 it was received by 2 OTU from 6 AD; on 3/6/45 it was involved in another force landing at Lake Gol Gol due to a glycol leak with Sgt Leslie James Campbell (438773) being the pilot on that occasion; converted to components after that.
A29-115 P-40E-1 41-36094 5/42 served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 31/5/42 it was issued to 77 Sqn from 1 AD (ex ET740); on 6/6/42 while taxiing at Guildford strip, WA the u/c collapsed under the weight of the a/c while turning on the strip; on 26/10/42 there was another accident?; on 26/10/42 while with 77 Sqn Sgt Albert James Noldart (411937) was forced to belly land at Livingston strip NT following an airscrew failure with resultant engine overheating; on 14/1/43 it was received by 4 RSU then issued back to 77 Sqn on 26/1/42 but about a week later on 3/2/42 it was u/s and grounded at Daly Waters, NT consequently it went back to 4 RSU on 4/2/43; on 19/3/43 it was involved in a landing accident while with 3 AD; on 13/6/43 it was received by 2 OTU from 3 AD; on 15/8/43 while with 2 OTU it was involved in a landing accident at night when the starboard leg slowly retracted towards the end of its landing run pilot Sgt Kenneth George Chester (10167) was not injured; on 5/12/43 it made a force landing 35 miles NW of Mildura strip when the engine failed with Sgt Ronald Eugene O'Donnell escaping injury; on 12/11/44 while still with 2 OTU Sgt Bernard Maurice O'Keeffe was killed when he failed to pull out of a dive from 12,000ft and crashed 1 mile south of Wentworth, NSW.
A29-116 P-40E-1 41-36097 5/42 served with 77 Sqn and 75 Sqn; on 31/5/42 issued to 77 Sqn from 1 AD (ex ET743); on 31/10/42 while with 77 Sqn P/O Thomas William Watson (RCAF J6206) blew the port tyre on takeoff from Adelaide River NT but landed without mishap resulting in only slight damage which was repaired; on 24/3/43 it was received by 75 Sqn from 3 AD; on 21/4/43 the u/c collapsed on landing at Turnbull strip with pilot being F/O Bruce Edward Brown DFC* (402342); on 23/5/43 it was received by 75 Sqn again then went to 10 RSU within a few days only to return to 75 Sq; on 9/10/43 it crashed while landing at Ward's strip while en route to Australia for issue to 82 Sqn [pilot?]; on 16/11/43 it was converted to components.
A29-117 P-40E-1 41-25061 6/42 served with 2 OTU; was to be allocated to 75 Sqn but this never happened instead on 15/6/42 was received at 2 OTU at Mildura, Vic; on 12/7/42 it was involved in an accident when the port brake seized causing the a/c to tip up damaging the leading edge of a wing, the cowl and starboard flap; on 27/11/42 it was involved in a landing accident at Mildura and on 2/3/43 it had the port wing damaged, perhaps as a result of ground looping; on 27/3/43 it collided with A29-121 on the strip at Uranquinty, NSW; on 16/7/43 while with 2 OTU it crashed near Mildura, Vic killing P/O Alan Ross Airly Arnott, he had taken off with F/Sgt William Charles James (412812) and was last seen behind F/Sgt James in a steep turn somewhere between Wentworth and Lake Victoria at 10,000ft, the burnt wreckage of A29-117 was found early the next morning some 13 miles NW of the airstrip; the engine of this a/c is now with the Mildura Air Force Museum.

A29-117fIN

A29-118 P-40E-1 41-35932 6/42 served with 75 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 10/6/42 received by 75 Sqn from 2 AP (ex ET578); on 22/11/42 A29-127 ran up the back of this a/c while taxiing at night, pilot of this a/c was Sgt Patrick Martin Mannix Sheahan (411196); on 27/12/42 it was issued back to 75 Sqn and that night was involved in another night taxiing accident; on 14/4/43 it collided with A29-153 when landing in the opposite direction to the other Kittyhawk due to being low on fuel after a big engagement with the enemy [pilot?]; on 3/6/43 it was returned to 75 Sqn from 10 RSU; on 13/1043 it was received by 82 Sqn; on 5/11/43 it crash landed at Bankstown strip [pilot?]; on 12/2/44 it was received back at 82 Sqn; on 12/4/44 it was received by 2 OTU direct from 82 Sqn and for 5 months at the end of the year spent time at CGS before returning to 2 OTU; on 25/7/45 while with 2 OTU it spun into the ground about 20 miles from Mildura, Vic during aerobatics training killing F/Sgt Herbert Lindsay Frizell.
A29-119 P-40E-1 41-35933 6/42 served with 2 OTU; on 15/6/42 it was received by 2 OTU from 2 AP (ex ET579); on 12/8/42 it swung after landing damaging the port wing [pilot?]; on 17/1/43 it was involved in a taxiing accident which damaged the prop and engine; on 12/4/43 it crashed at Yarrara, Vic killing Sgt Frank Howard Ellis while formation flying with Sgt Overmyer (see A29-173) and Sgt Robert Munro (see A29-181).
A29-120 P-40E-1 41-35936 6/42 served with 76 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 22/6/42 it was with 76 Sqn from 2 AP (ex ET582) and served with them at Milne Bay NG and appears to have been damaged there as it went to 43rd Material Sqn in early October; on 7/9/42 it was flown by S/L Truscott on a mission to attack Japanese shipping off Normanby Is; on 19/12/42 it was involved in a heavy landing at RAAF Darwin causing the starboard u/c to collapse and the a/c to ground loop, with F/Sgt B W Marsh ok; on 20/1/43 it was received back at 76 Sqn only to be sent to 17 RSU some 3 months later for an engine change; on 26/9/43 it was received by 2 OTU; on 28/11/43 it was involved in an accident causing extensive damage; on 15/2/44 it was involved in a heavy landing with the tail high and the starboard leg collapsed with the pilot F/O Ian Ibenthal McDonald (418041) uninjured uninjured; on 19/6/44 it suddenly dived into the ground about 6 miles west of Mildura, Vic killing Sgt Frank Foster Rees (433859).
A29-121 P-40E-1 41-35940 6/42 served with 2 OTU; on 15/6/42 received by 2 OTU after its allocation to 75 Sqn had been cancelled (ex ET586); on 2/7/42 it swung during take-off causing some damage to the starboard wing; on 27/3/43 it landed very fast causing the pilot [who?] to apply the brakes hard but now dust obscured his vision and it collided with A29-117 on the Uranquinty strip; on 25/5/44 it crash landed at the Mildura strip; on 21/1/45 struck a tree while on a practice strafe of a barge on the Murray River and made a heavy landing at high speed at Mildura strip causing extensive damage; on 20/3/45 it was approved for conversion.
A29-122 P-40E-1 41-35951 6/42 served with 75 Sqn and 82 Sqn; on 22/6/42 was received by 75 Sqn (ex ET597) at Kingaroy Qld and was coded 'F' with them taking part in the Battle for Milne Bay; by 28/9/42 it was unserviceable with 75 Sqn and was sent to 12 RSU at Horn Island; on 12/1/43 it was returned to 75 Sqn; on 14/10/43 it was sent to 82 Sqn at Bankstown NSW; on 21/11/43 it crashed on take off from Bankstown strip [pilot?]; on 25/11/43 it was sent to 2 AD and from there to 6 AD and finally to 3 CRD for conversion on 1/9/44.
A29-123 P-40E-1 41-36237 7/42 served with 75 Sqn; on 15/7/42 received by 75 from 1 AD (ex ET883) and was coded 'U' with them; on 11/8/42 it was part of 22 Kittyhawks from 75 & 76 Sqns that attacked a second Japanese raid just after midday and it went missing over Fall River, NG with pilot F/O Mark Ernest Sheldon (402256) being KIA and was buried near his crashed a/c in the mountains north of Milne Bay; originally 41-35952 (ex ET598) was allocated to this serial but was taken off the book on 8/6/42 and issued to USAFIA.
A29-124 P-40E-1 41-35953 6/42 served with 75 Sqn; on 22/6/42 received by 75 Sqn from 2 AP (ex ET599); on 18/11/42 it took off from Cairns strip with F/O Richard Tweedy Holt (404103) switching over to the fuselage tank and the engine ran fine for a few minutes then started to splutter, he switched to the wing tanks and turned trying to make the strip however the a/c lost speed and stalled into the sea off Cairns, Qld with F/O Holt (404103) receiving only minor injuries.
A29-125 P-40E-1 41-36248 7/42 served with 75 Sqn; on 15/7/42 received by 75 Sqn (ex ET894) coded 'Y' with them and served at the Battle of Milne Bay; on 21/1/43 it was received back at 75 Sqn after going to 10 RSU after the battle of Milne Bay; on 24/3/43 F/Sgt George Forbes Sherwin (404942) was tasked, with Sgt R W Smith, to carry out dusk landings and a night interception however on one of the landings at Turnbull strip, Milne Bay the a/c was drifting off the flare path with the u/c and flaps down he cleared the Operation's hut but not the palm trees of the next ridge and it crashed and burst into flames with F/Sgt Sherwin being killed; originally this serial was allocated to 41-35954 (ex ET600) but was taken off the book on 4/6/42 and issued back to the USAFIA.
A29-126 P-40E-1 41-35955 6/42 served with 75 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 22/6/42 received by 75 Sqn from 2 AP (ex ET603) and served with them during the Battle of Milne Bay; on 11/10/42 it was received back by 75 Sqn after maintenance at 12 RSU Horn Is; on 12/4/43 it made a forced landing while with 75 Sqn on an emergency strip on Goodenough Is because of engine failure due to broken fuel line, pilot was F/O Bruce Edward Brown DFC* (402342); on 24/4/43 it was received back at 75 Sqn; on 20/9/43 it was received by 82 Sqn from 75; on 8/9/44 it collided with A29-65 after landing at the Mildura strip while on exercise with 2 OTU [pilot?].
A29-127 P-40E-1 41-35956 6/42 served with 75 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 22/6/42 received by 75 Sqn from 2 AP (ex ET602) and was coded 'L' with them; on 22/11/42 it ran up the back of A29-118 while taxiing at night on the Cairns strip, the pilot was Sgt John Henry Trevis (405431); on 27/12/42 it was involved in another night taxiing accident and was issued to 12 RSU for repairs; on 7/1/43 it was received back at 75 Sqn; on 11/9/43 it was received by 82 Sqn from 75; then on 25/4/44 it was sent to 2 OTU from 82 Sqn; on 11/12/44 it crashed and caught fire [pilot?] after striking a fence on take off from the Mildura strip and was written off.
A29-128 P-40E-1 41-36078 6/42 served with 75 Sqn; on 21/6/42 it was received by 75 Sqn from 2 AP and served some time in the Battle of Milne Bay; on 2/8/42 while landing at Milne Bay it veered off the runway striking a coconut tree after the starboard brake? failed [pilot?]; on 24/8/42 approval was given to convert to components.
A29-129 P-40E-1 41-36079 6/42 served with 2 OTU and 82 Sqn; on 12/6/42 it was received by 1 AD at Laverton, Vic for some belly tank tests and stayed on and was used in comparison fighter tests with a Boomerang CA-12 A46-1 and a P-400 (BW127) in July 1942; on 9/9/42 it was issued to 3 CF to take part in medical tests, then went back to 1 AD for further tests before returning to 3 CF presumably for some more tests; on 26/10/42 it was received by 2 OTU from 3 CF; on 19/11/42 it went back to 3 CF for anti-G suit tests, then went to 1 AD for more work to be carried out; on 29/11/42 it was received back at 2 OTU; on 19/4/43 it was issued to 1 AD again for anti-gas suit tests; on 10/8/43 aF/L Colin Henry Parkinson DFC (402877) was forced to make a belly landing 1 mile SE of Werribee strip because of an engine fire; on 12/1/44 it was received by 82 Sqn from 5 AD; on 2/2/44 F/O Robert Nigel Blenkhorn (408170) had just landed the a/c and was near the end of the landing run when the starboard leg collapsed, the pilot was uninjured; on 1/3/44 when F/O Angus Henry Barclay Adair (414453) took off in this a/c the starboard tyre burst, he was instructed to complete a belly landing on return to Bankstown strip which was done with the expected damage to the fuselage of the a/c with F/O Adair was uninjured; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for write off.
A29-130 P-40E-1 41-36080 6/42 served with 75 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 21/6/42 it was received by 75 Sqn from 2 AD and served with them during the Battle for Milne Bay; on 14/12/42 it was received back at 75 Sqn after having an engine change; on 12/1/43 it was received back at 75 from 10 RSU; on 3/11/43 it was received by 2 OTU and then early in 1944 was sent to CGS from 2 OTU; on 9/11/44 it was received back at 2 OTU from CGS; on 7/8/45 with 2 OTU it crashed during night time take-off from the airstrip at Mildura, Vic killing Sgt Malcom John Russell.
A29-131 P-40E-1 41-36082 6/42 served with 75 Sqn; on 21/6/42 it was received by 75 Sqn from 2 AP and served with 75 Sqn through the Battle of Milne Bay and was coded 'H' with them; on 13/12/42 it overturned on landing at Bowen Qld injuring Sgt Roy Gordon Riddel (404355) and was sent to 12 RSU; on 9/9/43 approval was given to convert to components after spending all year at 12 RSU and 5 AD.
A29-132 P-40E-1 41-36083 6/42 served with 75 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 21/6/42 it was received by 75 and while with them it had "Maaleesh Mk II" painted above the engine exhausts on the starboard side (possibly port too?) and was coded 'L'; on 8/8/42 field repairs were recommended suggesting some operational damaged sustained during the early stages of the Battle for Milne Bay; on 5/2/43 it was received back by 75 Sqn after going through 10 and 12 RSU however it went back to 10 RSU on 12/4/42; on 19/4/42 it returned to 75 Sqn; on 20/9/43 it was received by 82 Sqn from 75 Sqn; on 12/11/43 it was involved in a landing accident causing extensive damage to the port wing; on 26/10/44 it was received by 2 OTU and by the war's end was put into storage at 1 CRD; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for write off.
A29-133 P-40E-1 41-36084 6/42 served with 75 Sqn and 82 Sqn; on 22/6/42 it was received by 75 Sqn from 2 AP serving with them at Milne Bay NG and was coded 'S' with "Polly" written on both sides of nose under exhaust stack pilot was P/O Bruce Edward Brown DFC* (402342); on 11/8/42 this was one of the 22 P-40s from 75 and 76 Sqns that engaged about 12 Zeros and P/O Brown was credited with one damaged Zero on that day; on 17/1/43 it was received back at 75 after time with 10 RSU; on 10/3/43 it was received back at 75 Sqn after having an engine change at 12 RSU and towards the end of that month went for repairs at 10 RSU; on 2/6/43 at 1430hrs 12 aircraft were scrambled and during take-off F/O Paul Ernest Whitehead (408942) noticed the starboard tyre began to deflate then shred swinging the plane to starboard so he accelerated and became airborne then the starboard leg collapsed; on 2/8/43 it was received back at 75 Sqn; on 11/9/43 it was received by 82 Sqn from 75 Sqn; on 17/10/43 it crash landed at Bankstown strip [pilot?] and was sent to 2 AD; from there it this a/c was allocated to 82 Sqn then 2 OTU then 1 ES and was eventually issued to the last on 7/6/44; it is now restored and on show in the Australian War Memorial.

Highlight for Album:  Kittyhawk A29-133  P-40E Kittyhawk 
A29-133/FA-B 
awaiting repairs. 
2 A.D., Bankstown, 
c.1943,
via Mike Mirkovic.

A29-134 P-40E-1 41-36093 6/42 served with 75 Sqn; on 21/6/42 received by 75 Sqn from 2 AP (ex ET739); on 28/6/42 it failed to recover from a spin crashing near Kingaroy, Qld killing Sgt John McAulay Morrison (402522).
A29-135 P-40E-1 41-35944 7/42 served with 75 Sqn, 76 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 8/8/42 it was received by 75 Sqn from the USAFIA at Charters Towers, Qld; on 11/9/42 it was involved in an accident (at Fall River?) [pilot?]; on 26/11/42 it was received by 76 Sqn after being through 15 RSU, 12 RSU and the Reserve Pool; on 16/7/43 Sgt Ronald James Chambers was preparing to land when the engine lost power, he retracted the landing gear up and made a successful belly landing and was uninjured in the process; on 5/5/44 while at 5 AD on its first test flight after an overhaul the fuel pump sheared and F/Sgt W H Eldrid was forced to make a belly landing at Forest Hill Wagga Wagga fortunately he was uninjured; on 24/9/44 it was received back at 2 OTU and after the war ended was received by 1 CRD; on 19/11/46 approval was given to write it off.
A29-136 P-40E-1 41-35945 7/42 served with 75 Sqn; on 8/8/42 it was received by 75 Sqn from USAFIA at Charters Towers and was coded "N" with "Stardust" on the cowl under the engine exhausts and was often flown by F/O Bruce Watson; on 6/2/43 while practicing attacks on some US ships near Green Is, Qld at night the a/c wing tip hit the sea and it broke up and sunk with pilot F/L John Walter Wedgwood Piper DFC (250828) being injured.
A29-137 P-40E-1 41-35946 7/42 served with 75 Sqn; on 8/8/42 it was received by 75 Sqn (an ex USAFIA aircraft) after being ferried from Charters Towers [pilot?]; on 6/9/42 it crashed on the strip at Fall River and was sent to 15 RSU for repairs; on 19/12/42 it crashed into Sarua Bay Fall River, presumably while still with 15 RSU and written off [pilot?].
A29-138 P-40E-1 41-35949 7/42 served with 76 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 21/7/42 it was received by the RAAF at Charters Towers, Qld from the USAFIA and later in the month was ferried to 76 Sqn at Milne Bay, NG and participated in the battle for Milne Bay; on 7/10/42 it was sent to 43rd Material Sqn; on 10/10/42 it was involved in a crash landing causing damage to the cowl, engine and belly tank; on 25/10/42 it arrived back at 76 Sqn but was with them some 7 months before it went to 2 OTU by 9/5/43; on 15/10/43 it was involved in a landing accident at Mildura caused by poor flying technique of the pilot [who?]; on 16/12/43 it was sent to 82 Sqn at Bankstown NSW where on 10/1/44 a burst fuel pipe caused an engine failure and F/O Clifford Robert Taylor carried out a crash landing near Williamtown, NSW; after the accident it was sent to 2 AD and from there on 19/6/44 it was allocated to 2 CRD for conversion.

76 Squadron, Townsville, c.1942, P-40E Kittyhawk A29-138/IZ 'Zombie Too City of Gilli-Gilli'. via Mike Mirkovic. 76 Squadron, P-40E Kittyhawk A28-138/IZ "Zombie Too/City of Gilli-Gilli" nose art, Townsville, c.1942. via Mike Mirkovic.

A29-139 P-40E-1 41-36232 7/42 served with 76 Sqn and 75 Sqn; on 10/8/42 it was received by 76 Sqn at Milne Bay, NG and participated in that battle; on 15/9/42 it was damaged on the strip at Fall River and was sent to 15 RSU; on 17/1/43 it was issued to 75 Sqn from 12 RSU; on 2/8/43 when landing at Turnbull strip, Milne Bay the port tyre burst causing the a/c to swing off the runway and into the scrub where the undercarriage collapsed and the a/c burst into flames, with F/Sgt Archibald Holmes Hall (408830) escaping the burning a/c.
A29-140 P-40E-1 41-36233 8/42 served with 76 Sqn and 1 OTU; on 13/8/42 it was received by 76 Sqn and participated in the battle for Milne Bay and towards the end of the next month was sent to 3 AD; on 7/9/42 it was flown by F/O Kerville on a mission to attack Japanese shipping off Normanby Is; on 7/10/42 it was received back at 76 Sqn when they were at Batchelor, NT and served with them until the next April when it was allocated to the Reserve Pool; on 2/9/43 it was issued to 2 OTU however it was involved in an accident when it was being ferried from 13 ARD to 2 OTU on 4/9/43 when its undercarriage collapsed on landing [pilot?] and was sent to 5 AD for repairs; on 22/1/44 it was received by 1 OTU from 5 AD; on 18/12/45 it was received at 6 AD Oakey for storage on 19/11/46 it was authorised for written off.
A29-141 P-40E-1 41-36234 8/42 served with 76 Sqn; on 13/8/42 allocated to 76 Sqn from the USAFIA pool and was to be ferried from Townsville, Qld to Milne Bay NG; on 18/8/42 it departed from Port Moresby, NG destined for Fall River, NG but never arrived and no trace has been found with P/O Peter Thomas Robilliard (411525) classed as MIA.
A29-142 P-40E-1 41-36236 8/42 served with 76 Sqn, 75 Sqn and 82 Sqn; on 3/9/42 it was issued to 76 Sqn from the USAFIA and was held at Batchelor NT for them; on 20/1/43 it swung off the Strauss strip, NT and ran into some trees because the rudder balance cable spring became caught in a rib in the fuselage with S/L Keith William Truscott (400213) being ok; on 29/4/43 it was sent to 75 Sqn at Milne Bay, NG; on 28/6/43 a vehicle backed into the leading edge of the starboard wing puncturing a hole in it so it was sent to 10 RSU for repairs; on 10/8/43 it was issued back to 75 Sqn but was only with them for a little over a month; on 20/9/43 it was sent from 75 Sqn to 82 Sqn; on 4/3/44 while making practice attacks the fuel pressure dropped to zero and petrol came into the cockpit eventually bursting into flames, P/O Walter Gregory Casley (403425) was forced to bail out NE of Liverpool NSW and suffered burns to his body the a/c was written off.

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A29-143 P-40E-1 41-36238 8/42 served with 75 Sqn; on 3/9/42 it was issued to 75 Sqn from 12 RSU; on 3/3/43 it crash landed on Goodenough Is due to very bad weather with P/O Daniel Richard Austin (408630) escaping injury but badly damaging the a/c; on 26/6/43 it was received back at 75 Sqn from 10 RSU however it was not long with them; on 8/8/43 it crashed at Turnbull airstrip, Milne Bay NG killing F/O William John Ward (401003) when he attempted to complete an upward roll at low altitude and slow speed and did manage to do the roll but the a/c spun out and dove into the ground vertically.
A29-144 P-40E-1 41-36239 7/42 served with 76 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 3/9/42 it was issued to 76 Sqn from 12 RSU; on 7/9/42 it was flown by F/L Meehan on a mission to attack Japanese shipping off Normanby Is; on 29/12/42 it crash landed at Strauss strip due to an engine failure and hit a tree stump with F/O James Cairns Harrison DFC (401067) being ok; on 17/4/43 it was sent to 4 RSU for repairs then onto 3 AD; on 9/4/44 it was sent to 2 OTU at Mildura Vic; on 5/6/44 it was sent to CGS from 2 OTU; on 23/8/44 while with CGS it was involved in a crash landing at Armytage, Vic [pilot?] and it was to be received back at 2 OTU however it was received by 1 CU on 9/1/45; on 20/12/45 it was sent for storage at 1 CRD eventually meeting its end at Werribee Range, Vic on 24/7/47.
A29-145 P-40E-1 41-36240 8/42 was to served with 76 Sqn; on 30/8/42 it crashed on its ferry flight to 76 Sqn from the US aircraft pool at Charleville Qld [pilot?]; as a result of this write off the next P-40E received by the RAAF was to be numbered A29-145 though it appears this never happened.
A29-146 P-40E-1 41-36241 8/42 served with 76 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 14/10/42 it was received by 76 Sqn at Strauss strip NT; on 27/1/43 it was received by 4 RSU possibly for minor repairs but was allocated back to 76 Sqn and then to 2 AD on 12/5/43; on 14/9/43 it was received by 2 OTU from 13 ARD; on 25/2/44 Sgt L Collins collided with A29-319 from below near Wentworth while returning to Mildura strip in formation as A29-319's number 2 Sgt Collins landed back at Mildura and was not injured; on 30/3/45 while on a bombing exercise from 2 OTU at the Wentworth range the a/c went into a vertical dive and crashed killing Sgt Alan Joseph Worboys Saunders (443620).
A29-147 P-40E-1 41-36242 8/42 served with 76 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 3/9/42 it was issued to 76 Sqn; on 7/9/42 it was flown by P/O Baker on a mission to attack Japanese shipping off Normanby Is; on 14/10/42 it was received back at 76 Sqn from 43rd Maint Sqn; on 8/1/43 it was received back at 76 Sqn from 3 AD; on 12/5/43 it was received by 2 AD on its way to the reserve pool; on 19/9/43 it was received by 2 OTU; on 12/10/43 it was involved in an accident which caused damage to both wings the tail unit and forward cowl area with field repairs recommended; on 24/2/44 while with 2 OTU it was landing at Mildura strip when the starboard brake jammed causing the a/c to yaw to the right which eventually led to the undercarriage collapsing with pilot Sgt L Collins being uninjured; on 7/9/44 the pilot experienced engine problems while attempting to land at the Mildura strip and elected to go around again and during that second circuit it spun into the ground killing F/O Norman William Powell and the aircraft was totally destroyed.
A29-148 P-40E-1 41-36246 8/42 served with 76 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 12/10/42 it was received by 76 Sqn (coded 'IX') but was unserviceable with them with mainplane prop and undercarriage damaged and had Sharkmouth on cowl; on 27/10/42 it was sent back to 43 Sqn for repairs; on 20/12/42 it was returned to 76 Sqn from 4 RSU however there were still problems with serviceability and it was sent to 5 AD for an examination and report on 21/3/43; on 26/9/43 it was sent to 2 OTU; on 25/5/45 it was involved in a mid-air collision with A29-165 near Benetook Vic during a section attack exercise and despite the damage was landed successfully back at Mildura strip by F/O Ernest Leslie Gale (418381); the airframe was considered not repairable and it was converted to components.
A29-149 P-40E-1 41-36247 8/42 served with 75 Sqn; on 3/9/42 it was issued to 76 Sqn from 12 RSU; on 17/9/42 while landing at Fall River its undercarriage collapsed [pilot?]; on 11/11/42 it was flown from New Guinea to the mainland (probably to Cairns, Qld); on 3/3/43 it crash landed on Goodenough Is due to very bad weather with P/O William John Ward escaping injury but writing off the a/c.
A29-150 P-40E-1 41-36249 8/42 served with 76 Sqn; on 3/9/42 received by 76 Sqn from 12 RSU; on 7/9/42 flown by Sgt Carroll on a mission to attack Japanese shipping off Normanby Is; on 4/11/42 collided on landing damaging its starboard wing and prop; on 23/12/42 received back at 76 Sqn (coded IP); on 13/3/43 it hit a soft patch and stood on its nose when F/O Eric Blair Tainton (402009) attempted a force landing on the old Potshot strip, WA; on 28/3/43 crashed into sea near Herron Head, Exmouth Gulf WA, killing S/L Keith "Bluey" William Truscott (400213) DFC and Bar, CO of 76 Sqn at the time, he and his wingman were escorting a Catalina and they decided to carry out some mock attacks and during one of those attacks Truscott failed to notice that the Catalina was in a shallow descent and passed underneath it, misjudging the height between the Catalina and the water; he crashed into shallow water (some 7 fathoms) being killed instantly and when his body was recovered he was still strapped in the seat of his Kittyhawk.
A29-151 P-40E-1 41-24875 8/42 served with 75 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 3/9/42 it was issued to 75 Sqn from 12 RSU; on 24/10/43 it was received by 2 OTU from 13 ARD; on 7/8/45 it was received by 1 CRD from 2 OTU; on 30/5/46 it was received by 1 AD for storage then went to 1 CRD 1 SD until finally ending up at SAS on 12/11/47.
A29-152 P-40E-1 41-24808 8/42 served with 75 Sqn; on 3/9/42 it was issued to 75 Sqn from 12 RSU but went back to the latter on 6/10/42; on 19/10/42 it was received back at 75 Sqn; on 23/11/42 the canopy blew off putting a hole in the fuselage; 11/1/43 the sliding hood became detached while night flying; on 3/3/43 it crash landed on Goodenough Is due to very bad weather injuring Sgt Thomas Lawrence John Gullifer (408650) with the a/c being written off.
A29-153 P-40E-1 41-24789 8/42 served with 75 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 3/9/42 it was issued to 76 Sqn from 12 RSU; on 19/9/42 it was with 75 Sqn and may have been with them most of the month; on 14/11/42 it swung off the strip into soft ground and nosed over with pilot Sgt Roy Gordon Riddel escaping injury; on 4/12/42 it was returned to 75 Sqn at Milne Bay, NG and early in 1943 it was coded 'O' and had "Grace" on both sides of the cowling; on 14/4/43 it had its port wing damaged in a landing accident with A29-118 when the latter landed in the opposite direction to this Kittyhawk due to A29-118 being low on fuel after a big engagement with the enemy [pilot?]; on 1/5/43 it was returned to 75 Sqn from 10 RSU; on 2/11/43 it was received by 82 Sqn from 75 Sqn; on 17/4/44 it was received by 2 OTU from 82 Sqn; on 5/10/44 it was involved in a line astern chase when the a/c dived into the ground from 6,000ft killing P/O Thorburn Harcourt MacGowan (435754) and the a/c was found on a property near Mildura, Vic.
A29-154 P-40E 41-5312 8/42 served with 75 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 1 OTU; on 3/9/42 it was issued to 76 Sqn at Milne Bay but appears to have gone to 75 Sqn instead as it was with them about a week later; on 14/9/42 it was received by 12 RSU back at Garbutt strip Qld from 75 Sqn but not sure if this was for an equipment upgrade or as result of an accident [anyone?]; on 9/12/42 it was received by 75 Sqn from 12 RSU after again being allocated to 76 Sqn but ending up with 75; on 17/1/43 it was received by 10 RSU from 75 Sqn [result of an accident or damage?]; on 3/2/43 it was received back at 75 Sqn but was only with them a few weeks before requiring repairs; on 21/2/43 it was received by 12 RSU from 75 Sqn for those repairs; on 20/3/43 it was received back by 75 Sqn; on 24/9/43 it was received by 10 RSU from 75 Sqn for maintenance before going to 82 Sqn; on 11/10/43 it was received by 82 Sqn from 10 RSU; on 2/1/44 it was involved in a landing accident due to a defective locking device; on 21/3/44 it was received by 18 RSU for repairs; on 13/12/44 it was received by 1 OTU from 6 AD; on 17/12/45 it was to be issued to 6 AD for storage however on the ferry flight by F/L Baker to Oakey Qld it got as far as Wagga Wagga NSW when faulty hydraulics and fuel selector grounded the aircraft and it was put into storage at 5 AD; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for write off.
A29-155 P-40E 41-5644 8/42 served with 75 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 3/9/42 it was issued to 76 Sqn but within a few days had ended up with 75 Sqn where it was coded "U"; on 25/10/42 the a/c's undercarriage collapsed when executing a crosswind landing; on 22/12/42 it was received at 75 Sqn again; on 17/1/43 it over shot the strip at Cairns and nosed over with F/O Bruce Duddridge Watson DFC (403084) escaping injury; on 20/9/43 it was received by 2 OTU; on 11/5/44 after completing a dive bombing practice F/O John Sims Archer (409285) was flying back to the strip when the engine cut out forcing him to make a wheels up landing straight ahead, there was minimal damage to the a/c; on 2/4/45 while with 2 OTU A29-161 ran into it from the right quarter on the Mildura strip with F/O Geoffrey Abbott Cutler (413746) escaping injury; on 11/6/45 it taxiied into A29-323 which had stopped on the strip due to the engine ceasing after landing from a barge strafing training exercise and P/O Ian Francis Beaurepaire (49555) was doing his cockpit checks and didn't see the stationary A29-323; on 17/7/45 while flying near the Mildura strip the pilot [who?] noticed smoke coming from the engine as if on fire, he made a force landing on the strip and on inspection it was found there were 2 large holes in the sump and the engine was so hot it was bellowing white smoke; on 28/8/45 approval was given for conversion.
A29-156 P-40E 41-5598 9/42 served with 75 Sqn; by 12/9/42 it was on the manifest for 75 Sqn; on 21/11/42 it was involved in a heavy landing at night at the Cairns strip damaging the propellor with pilot Sgt Harry Wardrop Dawson (408977) being uninjured; on 26/11/42 while flying in formation over Cairns it spun out of control and crashed into a house in Pease Street Edge Hill Cairns Qld, killing Sgt Jeffrey Graham Cornfoot (205780).
A29-157 P-40E 41-5316 9/42 served with 76 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 7/10/42 it was received by 76 Sqn from 12 RSU; on 6/1/43 it was received by 3 AD from 76 Sqn for an engine change and was to go back to 76 Sqn however it ended up at 13 ARDRP; on 12/9/43 it overshot the runway while landing damaging the spinner prop and engine cowl [pilot?]; on 22/9/43 it was received by 2 OTU from 13 ARDRP; on 20/4/44 P/O T H Morton overshot the strip at Mildura, Vic tore through 2 fences and ran into some timber he had only 8 hrs flying time on the Kittyhawk; on 5/2/45 it was received by 1 AP from 2 OTU before returning to the latter unit on 26/3/45; on 1/8/45 it was received by 1 CRD from 2 OTU for storage and approval to be destroyed at Werribee bombing range was given on 4/6/48.
A29-158 P-40E-1 41-24861 9/42 served with 76 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 7/10/42 it was received by 76 Sqn from 12 RSU; on 31/12/42 it was received back at 76 Sqn after being sent to 3 AD; on 27/1/43 it was sent to 4 RSU for an engine change and then returned to 76 Sqn; on 9/5/43 it was received by 2 OTU from 76 Sqn; on 4/8/43 after making a night landing the starboard u/c retracted causing the a/c to drop onto the wing and swing off the runway with F/L K H Cooper being uninjured; on 6/10/43 it crashed near Mildura, Vic while carrying out aerobatics at 5,000 ft killing F/Sgt Frank Donald Piggott (13480).
A29-159 P-40E 41-5647 9/42 served with 75 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 17/10/42 it was received by 75 Sqn from 12 RSU after initially being allocated to 76 Sqn and spending an undue amount of time u/s at the RSU; on 19/2/43 it was received back at 75 Sqn from 12 RSU after being with the latter for about 10 days for repairs and was now coded 'C' with 75 Sqn with 'Skeeter' under the port exhausts and under that a funny looking duck painting which was painted on while with 9th FS USAAF; on 14/10/43 it was received by 82 Sqn from 10 RSU where it had been for modification to the glycol system however its time with 82 Sqn was measured in days before being issued to 2 OTU; on 28/7/44 it was transferred to the stores reserve and received by 1 CRD on 7/8/45; on 8/4/48 approval was given for it to be destroyed on the Werribee bombing range.
A29-160 P-40E-1 41-24823 9/42 served with 75 Sqn and 76 Sqn; on 10/9/42 it was issued to 75 Sqn from 12 RSU; on 12/9/42 the engine failed during take-off and the pilot [who?] made a belly landing necessitating a return to 12 RSU for repairs; on 10/1/43 it was received by 76 Sqn from 12 RSU; on 20/4/43 while on a gunnery and ack-ack co-op exercise it collided with A29-163 at Onslow WA after completing a shoot-up of the ack-ack positions with pilot P/O Kenneth William Baxter (408687) force landing in a swamp and escaped injury; the a/c was salvaged from the swamp by a Detachment of 17 RSU and converted.
A29-161 P-40E-1 41-36162 9/42 served with 75 Sqn, 82 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 10/9/42 it was issued to 75 Sqn from 12 RSU but was back with the latter unit only 17 days later at Horn Is; by 22/10/42 it was back with 75 Sqn from the reserve pool; on 6/12/42 S/L Leslie D Jackson landed the a/c short at Cairns strip Qld and ran into rough ground ripping the u/c off and it was sent to 10 RSU; on 29/10/43 it was received by 82 Sqn from 3 AD; on 12/4/44 it was received by 2 OTU from 82 Sqn; on 3/11/44 while landing at the Mildura strip it ground looped after one of the u/c legs collapsed [pilot?]; on 2/4/45 while with 2 OTU it was involved in a pre-dawn take-off when it taxiied into A29-155 on the Mildura strip with F/Sgt L V Rodgers escaping injury; on 3/9/45 it was received by 1 CRD after repairs from 2 OTU and from there was put into storage; on 19/11/46 it was approved for conversion to components.
A29-162 P-40E 41-24818 9/42 served with 75 Sqn, 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; by 28/9/42 it was with 75 Sqn; on 7/10/42 it was received by 3 AD from 75 Sqn and it appears it wasn't completely ready for operations; on 5/11/42 it was received by 77 Sqn from the reserve pool however within a few days it was u/s and was again allocated to 3 AD for an overhaul; on 21/2/43 it was received by 2 OTU from 3 AD; on 6/12/43 while on its landing run the undercarriage collapsed causing minor damage [pilot?] and it was stored; on 10/2/44 it was received by CGS from 2 OTU; on 9/11/44 it was received back at 2 OTU from CGS but within a month was selected to go to the T and F Sqn with 1 AD; on 29/12/44 it was received by T and F Sqn and remained with them until March 1945 when it was allocated to 10 RSU for some repairs but there is no info about an accident or maintenance problem; on 23/3/45 it was received by 10 RSU from 1 AD T and F Sqn; by 7/5/45 it was back with T and F Sqn before being sent to 1 CRD on 11/10/45 essentially for storage; on 24/7/47 approval was given for it to be destroyed at Werribee bombing range.
A29-163 P-40E 41-5503 9/42 served with 75 Sqn and 76 Sqn; on 14/9/42 it was received by 12 RSU from the pool at Charters Towers and was to be allocated to 75 Sqn but that didn't happen; on 7/10/42 it was received by 76 Sqn from 12 RSU but its stay was short; on 29/11/42 it was received by 3 AD from 76 Sqn [for repairs?]; on 21/12/42 it was received back at 76 Sqn from 3 AD; on 12/4/43 it was received back at 76 Sqn from 17 RSU where it had gone just over a week before for repairs; on 20/4/43 while on a gunnery and ack-ack co-op exercise it collided with A29-160 at Onslow WA after completing a shoot-up of the ack-ack positions killing P/O Peter Todd Read (407251) with the a/c being destroyed by the ensuing fire.
     

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