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RAAF Serial Type USAAF Serial Delivered Aircraft History
A29-164 P-40K-10-CU 42-10172 1/43 Served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 22/2/43 received by 77 Sqn from 1 AD; on 16/6/43 A29-200 overshot its landing and collided with the tail of A29-164 which was still on its landing run at Vivigani strip Goodenough Is with F/O Alan Wallace C Morrison (416186) escaping injury; on 14/11/43 crashed again at Vivigani strip [pilot?]; on 19/11/43 received by 26 RSU from 77 Sqn; on 1/9/44 received at 2 OTU; on 27/4/45 it was involved in a forced landing 2 miles (3 kms) west of the Mildura strip which was brought about by an oil pressure rise on a test flight with F/O Raymond David Dyson DFM (406234) escaping injury; on 28/10/47 destroyed by fire at Werribee bombing range.
A29-165 P-40K-10-CU 42-10173 1/43 served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 22/2/43 received by 77 Sqn; on 23/1/44 while it was taxiing it nosed over at Vivigani strip Goodenough Is when P/O Donald Horace Crane (417700) braked suddenly to avoid another aircraft with the only damage to the airscrew; on 14/8/44 arrived at 2 OTU; on 25/5/45 involved in a mid-air collision with A29-148 during a section attack exercise and it dived vertically into the ground at Benetook Vic killing F/Sgt Laurence Peter Kaye (62418).
A29-166 P-40K-10-CU 42-10174 1/43 served with 77 Sqn; on 9/4/43 received by 77 Sqn and coded AM-U; 13/8/43 in the afternoon S/L Richard Cresswell was forced to crash land it due to a loss of engine boost and excessive vibration; on 2/9/43 it was returned to 77 Sqn; around 10/10/43 it was involved in another crash on Goodenough Is [pilot?]; on 29/11/43 returned to 77 Sqn; on 12/1/44 it was involved in another crash 7 miles (12kms) SW of the Kiriwina strip with F/Sgt Mostyn David Morgan (425718) apparently uninjured and the a/c was w/o.
A29-167 P-40K-10-CU 42-10176 1/43 served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 22/2/43 was received by 77 Sqn from 1 AD; on 11/2/44 Sgt Bruce Robert Shea (412719) was forced to make an emergency landing at Kiriwina strip because of a loss of oil pressure; on 4/6/44 received by 2 OTU from 10 RSU; on 16/2/45 while on a cine camera gun exercise it collided with A29-186 over Wentworth bombing range NSW near Mildura killing F/L Robert Ambrose Milne (406362); on 19/2/45 the burnt out wreckage was found after searching for some days.
A29-168 P-40K-10-CU 42-10177 1/43 served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 22/2/43 received by 77 Sqn; on 14/5/44 received by 3 AD from 77 Sqn for an inspection on 16/6/44 received by 2 OTU from 3 AD; on 27/745 it made a belly landing 20 miles (32kms) from the Mildura strip after the engine appeared to be starved of fuel after banking while on a low flying exercise at that point it hit a tree and F/L John Laurie Jenkins (417846) was forced to crash land.
A29-169 P-40K-10-CU 42-10183 1/43 served with 77 Sqn; on 9/4/43 received by 77 Sqn from 12 RSU; on 14/4/43 this a/c participated in 77 Sqn's last major air combat of WW2 when it attacked a large Japanese raid on Milne Bay and is believed to have been shot down in that action near Gurney airstrip Milne Bay with Sgt Lloyd Charles Melrose (410002) being KIA.
A29-170 P-40K-10-CU 42-10184 1/43 served with 2 OTU; on 11/3/43 it was allocated to 2 OTU from 1 AD; on 13/3/43 it crashed 2 miles (3.2 kms) south of Laverton, Vic after a/c caught fire in the air [pilot?].
A29-171 P-40K-10-CU 42-10185 1/43 served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 29/11/43 received by 77 Sqn from 13 ARDRP; on 9/6/44 received 2 OTU from 3 AD; on 11/1/45 crashed on landing at Essendon Vic when the starboard wheel didn't lock down; on 19/11/46 authorised for w/o.
A29-172 P-40K-10-CU 42-10186 1/43 served with 77 Sqn; on 22/2/43 received 77 Sqn from 1 AD; on 25/5/43 it was forced to land on Wedan beach because of bad weather and bad light due to night fall with F/L Daryl Maxwell Sproule (250641) being ok; on 2/6/43 received at 10 RSU after being salvaged from the beach and converted to components.
A29-173 P-40K-10-CU 42-10205 1/43 served with 2 OTU; on 14/3/43 received by 2 OTU from 1 AD; on 12/4/43 it was practicing formation flying and came under A29-181 collided with it over NSW north of Mildura and went into a spin and burst into flames on impact killing Sgt Robert Harry Overmyer (32700).
A29-174 P-40K-10-CU 42-10213 1/43 served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 22/2/43 received by 77 Sqn from 1 AD; on 23/2/44 received by 3 AD from 77 Sqn for storage; on 30/7/44 received 2 OTU from 3 AD; on 13/3/45 had a landing accident due to pilot inexperience [pilot?]; on 3/9/45 received 1 CRD from 2 OTU for storage; on 12/10/48 approval to w/o.
A29-175 P-40K-10-CU 42-10215 1/43 served with 2 OTU; on 14/3/43 received at 2 OTU from 1 AD; on 24/9/44 it returned to 2 OTU having been through various ARDs and AD from 24/5/43; on 29/4/45 F/O David John Laidlaw (419941) who was flying a Kittyhawk for the first time failed to lock down the u/c and consequently it folded on touchdown at Mildura strip; on 6/6/45 it ran into a fuel tender on the Mildura strip with F/Sgt Frederick Baxter Wriedt (438412) escaping injury; on 3/9/45 received at 1 CRD from 2 OTU; on 24/2/48 received by SAS and later destroyed at Werribee Bombing Range.
A29-176 P-40K-10-CU 42-10217 1/43 served with 2 OTU and 77 Sqn; on 14/3/43 it was issued to 2 OTU from 1 AD; on 29/11/43 received by 77 Sqn from 13 ARDRP; on 27/2/44 it caught fire at Vivigani strip Goodenough Is and sent to 3 AD for repair; on 10/10/44 received by 2 OTU from 6 AD; on 14/12/44 while involved in dive bombing exercise at Wentworth it went into a spiral dive and never recovered killing F/Sgt Kenneth Edward Hepburn (430170).
A29-177 P-40K-10-CU 42-10224 1/43 served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 22/2/43 received by 77 Sqn; on 3/7/43 it was involved in a collision on the taxiway at Vivigani strip Goodenough Is [pilot?]; on 27/7/43 it returned to 77 Sqn; on 19/9/43 the starboard u/c collapsed on landing at Vivigani strip with F/L Jack Royston Kinninmont (584) being ok; on 9/11/43 returned to 77 Sqn from 26 RSU; on 23/2/44 it went to 3 AD for routine inspection; on 24/7/44 received at 2 OTU from 6 AD; on 2/4/45 it made a force landing at Annuello Vic about 80 miles (133 km) from the Mildura strip because of a broken connecting rod with S/L Ian Sandford Loudon (404691) ok; on 13/7/45 it again was force to land just a mile (1.6 km) from the strip when magneto timing went haywire due to vernier being sheared off causing severe vibrations in the engine with F/L Noel Claude Todd (402892) being ok; on 28/8/47 approval was granted to w/o.
A29-178 P-40K-10-CU 42-10225 1/43 served with 2 OTU; on 14/3/43 received by 2 OTU; on 22/4/43 towards the end of its landing run it started to swing to starboard and applying rudder failed to correct it, then the undercarriage collapsed [pilot?]; on 31/8/43 it was involved in another landing accident; on 3/12/43 S/L Colin Wellesley Lindeman DFC (260810) was forced to land it about 6 miles (10kms) west of the Mildura strip due to the engine loosing power; on 2/11/44 it ground looped during take-off and was repaired at 2 OTU; on 3/9/45 it was sent to 1 CRD from 2 OTU; on 12/10/48 it was w/o.
A29-179 P-40K-10-CU 42-10226 1/43 served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 22/2/43 received by 77 Sqn from 1 AD; on 1/1/44 received back at 77 Sqn from 26 RSU; on 3/10/44 received by 2 OTU from 3 AD; on 3/9/45 received by 1 CRD from 2 OTU; on 12/10/48 approval given to w/o.
A29-180 P-40K-10-CU 42-10227 1/43 served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 7/2/43 allocated to 77 Sqn from 1 AD; on 13/2/43 starboard wing was damaged by a loose blast tube; on 22/7/43 it was used as a test bed for prototype installation of IFF equipment; on 3/8/43 allocated to SDF from 1 AD; on 6/3/44 its tail wheel was damaged when it retracted after landing while with 15 ARDRP; on 18/9/44 received by 2 OTU; on 18/8/45 received by 1 CRD and from 2 OTU; on 4/6/48 finally destroyed on the Werribee bombing range.

P-40K Kittyhawk A29-180 
1 C.R.D., Werribee, 
18th August 1945
via Mike Mirkovic.

A29-181 P-40K-10-CU 42-10232 1/43 served with 2 OTU; on 14/3/43 received by 2 OTU from 1 AD; on 12/4/43 it was practicing formation flying when A29-173 flew under it and collided with it over NSW north of Mildura Vic with pilot Sgt Robert Ronald Munro (416360) managing to crash land the a/c and was ok; on 2/9/44 returned to 2 OTU from 6 AD; on 12/3/45 it crashed early in the morning while making an approach to land when the fuel ran out causing the engine to cut out and the aircraft hit a tree with F/Sgt Lionel Victor Rogers (59650) escaping serious injury; on 30/4/45 approval was given to convert to components.
A29-182 P-40K-10-CU 42-10175 1/43 served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 22/2/43 received by 77 Sqn from 2 AD; on 28/2/43 it nosed over into soft mud after a hydraulic failure at Milne Bay [Gurney strip?] with F/O Dean Harcourt Kelly (416098) escaping injury; on 4/8/43 it was damaged on operations [pilot?]; on 17/9/44 received by 2 OTU; on 13/8/45 received at SHQ at Laverton from 2 OTU; on 3/4/47 allocated for use as a target a/c; on 26/8/47 approval given to w/o.
A29-183 P-40K-10-CU 42-10178 1/43 served with 77 Sqn; on 22/2/43 received by with 77 Sqn (coded AM-H) from 2 AD; on 12/9/43 returned to 77 Sqn from 26 RSU after engine change; on 22/9/43 again returned to 77 Sqn from 26 RSU; on 15/11/43 again returned to 77 Sqn from 26 RSU after an engine change; on 10/2/44 it crashed at end of Vivigani strip Goodenough Is when F/Sgt Philip Alfred Webb (420105) was blinded by oil in the cockpit just after take-off he put it down from 100' (30m) and was not further injured; on 9/3/44 approval given to w/o.
A29-184 P-40K-10-CU 42-10193 1/43 served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 22/2/43 received by 77 Sqn and coded AM-T; on 27/7/43 it was hit by AA fire while dive bombing Ring Ring plantation New Britain with F/O J A T Hodgkinson being ok; on 8/8/43 returned to 77 Sqn from 26 RSU; on 8/1/44 again returned to 77 Sqn from 26 RSU; on 21/8/44 received at 2 OTU and served out the war there; on 24/2/48 approval was given to w/o.

Highlight for Album: Kittyhawk A29-184

A29-185 P-40K-10-CU 42-10194 1/43 served with 77 Sqn; on 22/2/43 received by 77 Sqn from 2 AD; on 3/11/43 it was hit by flak on an attack on Pal Mal Mal Plantation Jaquinot Bay New Britain with Sgt Ronald William McDonald (419203) ditching this a/c 20 miles off Kiriwina Is (other sources have SE of Kawa Is) and was spotted in the water after the ditching and appeared to be dazed and possibly injured but he was not seen again.
A29-186 P-40K-10-CU 42-10195 1/43 served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 22/2/43 received by 77 Sqn from 2 AD; on 14/4/43 it was involved in an air combat with 77 Sqn near Milne Bay and F/O Dick Sudlow shot down a Zero while flying this a/c; on 16/7/43 it almost collided with A29-352 which was on the main taxiway but Sgt Holdsworth quickly applied the brakes standing the a/c on its nose; on 27/8/43 received back at 77 Sqn from 26 RSU; on 22/10/43 it was damaged on operations by ack-ack fire and returned to base with F/Sgt Bruce Cecil Marsden (417390) ok; on 29/10/43 received back at 77 Sqn from 26 RSU; on 13/7/44 it was sent to 2 OTU; on 30/8/44 was involved in a landing accident; on 16/2/45 it collided with A29-167 over Wentworth bombing range NSW killing W/O Norman Robert Hammond (419804).
A29-187 P-40K-10-CU 42-10196 1/43 served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 22/2/43 received by 77 Sqn from 2 AD; on 12/12/43 returned to 77 Sqn from 26 RSU after engine inspection; on 18/6/44 received by 2 OTU from 77 Sqn; on 3/9/44 a suspected faulty hydraulics line caused the starboard u/c to collapse [pilot?]; on 5/4/45 Sgt Keith Alfred Lindsay Hollands (435872) made a heavy landing causing a t/o and other attempt but this time the u/c wasn't locked down completely with it collapsing on touchdown again causing Sgt Hollands to go around again, an emergency belly landing was made with one wheel retracted and the other partially lowered; on 17/7/45 F/Sgt Sydney Raymond John Snell (36701) failed to lock down the u/c and belly landed at Mildura strip; on 19/11/46 authorised for w/o.
A29-188 P-40K-10-CU 42-10197 1/43 served with 77 Sqn; on 22/2/43 received by 77 Sqn from 2 AD; on 2/3/43 it ditched into the sea at the northern end of China Straits near Milne Bay due to a fuel blockage with Sgt M Holdsworthy escaping uninjured; on 26/5/43 eventually w/o.
A29-189 P-40K-10-CU 42-10203 1/43 served with 77 Sqn; on 22/2/43 received by 77 Sqn from 2 AD; on 3/4/43 returned to 77 Sqn from 10 RSU after engine change; on 22/9/43 returned to 77 Sqn from 26 RSU; on 7/3/44 received by 3 AD from 77 Sqn; on 28/5/44 received by 6 AD from 3 AD; on 28/8/44 issued to TPTF from 1 AD; on 24/7/47 destroyed at Werribee bombing range.
A29-190 P-40K-10-CU 42-10204 1/43 served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 22/2/43 received by 77 Sqn from 2 AD; on 12/12/43 issued to 77 Sqn from 26 RSU after engine change; on 24/7/44 received 2 OTU from 3 AD; on 27/8/45 the a/c failed to pull out of a dive on the Wentworth bombing range killing W/O John Campbell Higgins (419178) who was from Mildura Vic.
A29-191 P-40K-10-CU 42-10206 1/43 served with 77 Sqn; on 22/2/43 received by 77 Sqn from 2 AD; on 24/3/43 it made a force landing at Milne Bay due to partial engine failure [pilot?]; on 15/4/43 it was returned to 77 Sqn from 10 RSU; on 7/10/43 returned to 77 Sqn from 26 RSU; on 18/12/43 it left Port Moresby on a travel flight to Goodenough Is and F/L William Percy Cassaigne Kaye (418428) and his Kittyhawk were not seen again.
A29-192 P-40K-10-CU 42-10214 1/43 served with 77 Sqn; on 18/2/43 received by 77 Sqn from 2 AD; on 18/3/43 with pilot F/O John Grey Gorton (400793) crashed on take off due to engine failure because off a loose connection of fuel coupling to carburettor aircraft dropped back to the ground skidded and flipped over at the end of Gurney strip and the airframe was fractured; on 21/4/43 approval given to convert to components.
A29-193 P-40K-10-CU 42-10216 1/43 served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 22/2/43 received by 77 Sqn; on 29/3/43 it received major damage to the mainplanes when the blast tubes blew, when repaired it returned to 77 Sqn; on 28/1/44 during a forced landing F/Sgt Mostyn David Morgan (425718) overshot on the landing run and ended up in soft ground and kunai grass passed the strip; after repairs it went to 3 AD and then 6 AD; on 11/8/44 received by 2 OTU; on 7/2/45 it crash landed after an electrical fire in the cockpit causing P/O J W S Mossop to shut down electrics and engine, he was ok; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for write off.
A29-194 P-40K-10-CU 42-10222 1/43 served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 22/2/43 received by 77 Sqn from 2 AD; on 4/8/43 the port tyre blew out just after t/o from Vivigani strip and despite many attempts to lower the undercarriage Sgt K Jagg was forced to make a belly landing, he was ok; 24/8/43 it was back with 77 Sqn; on 14/3/44 received at 3 AD from 77 Sqn for inspection; on 22/6/44 it was sent to 2 OTU; on 3/1/45 on the completion of a training exercise it made a high speed landing and ground looped in to rough ground wrecking the port u/c with Sgt A M Campbell escaping injury; on 25/2/45 the engine stalled on take off forcing F/Sgt A F Soutar to land on the end of the runway where it crashed through a fence; it was sent to 1 CRD and on 19/11/46 was authorised for w/o.
A29-195 P-40K-10-CU 42-10223 1/43 served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 22/2/43 received by 77 Sqn from 2 AD; on 14/4/43 involved in 77 Sqn's last major air combat flown by F/L Ian R Kinross () who claimed a probable bomber destroyed but was damaged in the combat; on 16/5/43 received by 15 ARD from 10 RSU as reserve for 77 Sqn; on 10/7/43 received back at 77 Sqn from 26 RSU; on 20/3/44 received by 3 AD from 77 Sqn; on 20/9/44 received by 2 OTU from 3 AD; on 7/11/44 crashed 10 miles (16km) west of the Mildura strip while on a low flying exercise killing Sgt Lionel Grant MacKenzie (442292).
A29-196 P-40K-10-CU 42-10233 1/43 served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 22/2/43 received by 77 Sqn from 2 AD; on 26/5/43 it was involved in an accident at Milne Bay, NG [pilot?]; on 14/8/43 received back at 77 Sqn from 15 ARD; on 25/2/44 received at 3 AD for necessary inspection, from there it went to 5 AD for storage; on 17/8/44 it ground looped at Allonville after a piece of rag was blown across the W/O Patrick Martin Sheahan's (426395) eyes while he was landing the a/c; on 13/9/44 received at 2 OTU from 5 AD and it was with that unit until 3/9/45 when it was sent to 1 CRD; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for write off.
A29-197 P-40K-10-CU 42-10234 1/43 served with 77 Sqn; on 22/2/43 received by 77 Sqn from 2 AD; on 22/9/43 received by 26 RSU for an engine change; on 2/10/43 received back with 77 Sqn from 26 RSU; on 21/1/44 on returning from an op over New Britain it was ditched into the sea 115 miles NW of Kiriwina Is by W/O John Edwin Arthur (408109).
A29-198 P-40K-10-CU 42-10235 1/43 served with 2 OTU; on 10/3/43 received at 2 AD and was to go to 77 Sqn but was unserviceable at the reserve pool; on 8/8/44 received at 2 OTU; on 11/6/45 it was involved in a landing accident on returning from a training exercise when Sgt P J Trezise's a/c was caught in the slipstream of the proceeding a/c and the wing tip struck the ground and the u/c collapsed; on 18/8/45 received at 1 CRD and authorised for w/o on 19/11/46.
A29-199 P-40K-15-CU 42-10427 2/43 served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 17/3/43 received by 12 RSU from 3 AD; on 15/4/43 received by 77 Sqn from reserve pool; on 27/1/44 received by 3 AD from 77 Sqn for inspection; on 12/2/44 after completing its landing run P/O Donal Horace Crane (417700) accidentally operated the undercarriage lever instead of the flaps causing the the tail wheel to collapse; on 14/2/45 it made a belly landing with flaps up due to engine failure about 2 miles north of Mildura but it came down at high speed killing W/O Mervyn Thomas Vaughan (30201).
A29-200 P-40K-15-CU 42-10415 2/43 served with 77 Sqn; on 9/6/43 received by 77 Sqn via 13 ARD; on 3/9/44 received by 2 OTU from 6 AD after spending time at 3 and 5 AD; on 16/6/43 this a/c overshot its landing and collided with the tail of A29-164 which was still on its landing run at Vivigani strip Goodenough Is with Sgt K G Murdock (416981) escaping injury; on 9/12/44 it ground looped and crashed on landing due to having its brakes on and was badly damaged with Sgt J M Beilby escaping injury; on 3/9/45 received at 1 CRD from 2 OTU and then allocated to 3 AD; on 19/11/46 authorised for w/o; on 3/12/48 issued to DAP Stores Depot and apparently still there on 22/7/49.
A29-201 P-40K-15-CU 42-10422 2/43 served with 77 Sqn; on 9/4/43 received by 77 Sqn from 13 ARD; on 2/8/43 it was one of 18 P-40s escorting Beaufighters and Bostons to attack Gasmata airfield and on the returning from there they attacked barges and this a/c was believed hit from shrapnel by his own bombs and crash landed on the beach with F/L Daryl Maxwell Sproule (250641) being taken prisoner and was executed while a POW sometime around 16/8/43 (the exact date is unknown); on 1/8/43 F/L Sproule had been appointed CO of 77 Sqn.
A29-202 P-40K-15-CU 42-10423 3/43 served with 77 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 4/8/43 received by 77 Sqn from 13 ARDRP; on 5/3/44 received by 3 AD from 77 Sqn for inspection; on 30/8/44 received by 2 OTU from 3 ad; on on 9/10/45 received by 1 CRD from 2 OTU; on 5/7/46 allocated to 1 Stores Depot from 1 CRD; on 12/11/47 allotted to SAS from 1 SD but this was later cancelled on 18/8/48; on 22/7/49 it was written off.
A29-203 P-40K-15-CU 42-10426 3/43 served with 77 Sqn; on 20/4/43 received by 77 Sqn from Reserve Pool; on 5/3/44 received 3 AP from 77 Sqn; on 15/6/44 received 2 OTU from 3 AD; on 3/9/45 received 1 CRD from 2 OTU; on 5/7/46 allocated to 1 Stores Depot from 1 CRD; on 12/11/47 allotted to SAS from 1 SD but this was later cancelled on 18/8/48; on 22/7/49 it was written off.
Note: There were at least 4 P-40K-15-CUs that were earmarked for the RAAF but were lost (i.e.. sunk) in transit to Brisbane Queensland on 29/1/43. Those Kittyhawks would have been allocated serials in the 200 series (i.e.. A29-2**) and so the US serial numbers are included here. Those serials were 42-10424, 42-10425, 42-10428 and 42-10429. In fact, 42-10429 was the last of the batch of 165 P-40K-15-CUs.
     

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