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RAAF Serial Type USAAF Serial Delivered Aircraft History
A29-204 P-40M-1-CU 43-5411 9/43 On 9/9/43 received 5 AD from US; on 13/9/43 converted to components. (This P-40 has been listed as a P-40K in some publications perhaps purely because of the Australian serial sequence, but from the US serial listed on the status cards it is a P-40M. That being the model it explains why it only lasted 4 days before being converted to components as the other P-40Ms had been delivered at least some 3 months previously.)
A29-205 P-40M-1-CU 43-5424 9/43 on 9/9/43 received 5 AD from US; on 13/9/43 converted to components. (Same comments as A29-204 above)
A29-300 P-40M-1-CU 43-5415 2/43 served with 2 OTU; on 7/3/43 it was received by 2 OTU; on 17/4/43 when turning across the runway the tail wheel and then the port u/c retracted causing extensive damage; on 26/7/43 it crashed at the Gol Gol gunnery range while with 2 OTU killing P/O Joseph George Crowe, when diving at the target he pulled out too late and the a/c hit the ground on the flat of it's belly became air born again and spun in from a low height exploding on impact.
A29-301 P-40M-1-CU 43-5443 2/43 served with 86 Sqn; on 25/3/43 it was received by 86 Sqn; on 6/10/43 it landed during a tropical storm at Merauke and slid on the wet strip into a drain at the end of the strip with P/O J R Heathcote being ok; as a consequence it was sent to 1 RSU and was eventually converted to components there around 12/10/43.
A29-302 P-40M-1-CU 43-5408 2/43 served with 86 Sqn; on 25/3/43 received by 86 Sqn and believed coded MP-B; on 6/10/43 it landed during a tropical storm at Merauke and slid on the wet strip into a drain at the end of the strip with F/O Donald Percival Maguire (401707) being ok; on 10/10/43 it was issued to 1 RSU where it was converted to components.
A29-303 P-40M-1-CU 43-5421 2/43 served with 86, 77 and 76 Sqns; on 15/3/43 it was received by 86 Sqn at Gowler, SA making it one of the original P-40Ms with that Sqn; on 25/5/43 it was involved in a landing accident at Ross River, Qld and sent to 12 RSU being received back at 86 Sqn on the 15/7/43; on 9/9/43 it was involved in another accident when it crash landed due to the engine failing when F/O Maxwell Coupland Johnston (400622) switched fuel tanks before landing, it went to 1 RSU and then 3 AD for repairs; on 8/6/44it was received at 77 Sqn at Momote strip, Admiralty Is but it was only with them a short time being received by 12 RSU on 23/6/44; on 3/8/44 it was received by 76 Sqn; on 5/12/44 it was involved in an attack on Japanese positions and was shot down, successfully ditching in Seckar (Sakar) Bay with F/L John Edward MacLeod (416591) getting out and into his dinghy near the shore and twice his fellow pilots beat off attempts by the Japanese to capture him, cover was provided until 1700hrs that day and despite searches over the next 2 days he was not seen again as he was captured and is believed executed some time around 19/12/44.
A29-304 P-40M-1-CU 43-5425 2/43 served with 86, 77 Sqns and 2 OTU; on 2/4/43 it was received by 86 Sqn; on 13/5/43 while F/Sgt H Duguid (411300) was taxiing to take off from Merauke, DNG the port u/c collapsed and it was found 2 of the struts had failed so it was shipped off to 1 RSU; on 3/9/43 it was received back at 86 Sqn; it was sent off for an engine change and received back at 86 Sqn on 5/12/43; on 19/4/44 it was sent to 77 Sqn; on 15/4/45 it was received by 2 OTU after spending time at a couple of reserve pools; on 22/10/45 it was received by 6 AD for storage and authorised for w/o on 19/11/46.

P-40M Kittyhawk A29-304 
86 Squadron, Merauke, 
c.1943
via Mike Mirkovic.

A29-305 P-40M-1-CU 43-5426 2/43 served with 86, 77 Sqns and 2 OTU; on 15/3/43 it was received by 86 Sqn from 2 AD; on 6/2/44 it was received back at 86 Sqn from 1 RSU after an engine change; on 19/4/44 it was received by 77 Sqn from 86 Sqn; on 8/4/45 it was received by 2 OTU; on 28/5/45 an incorrectly fitted oil cap caused an oil leakage partially blinding Sgt Hodson who failed to lock down the undercarriage properly and it folded up during the emergency landing at Mildura strip, with the pilot escaping injury; on 8/10/45 it was received by 6AD for storage and eventually authorised for write off on 19/11/46.
A29-306 P-40M-1-CU 43-5430 2/43 served with 86 Sqn; on 15/3/43 received by 86 Sqn from 1 AD; on 27/7/43 P/O J C Biggs on t/o from Merauke strip couldn't get full power from the engine consequently just after becoming airborne the starboard wheel hit Walrus X9514 and was bent backwards causing him to belly land the aircraft; on 13/9/43 received back at 86 Sqn from 1 RSU; on 21/9/43 received by 1 RSU for repairs; on 15/6/44 issued to 13 ARD from 1 RSU where it appears to have sat for about 9 months; on 7/7/44 received 6 AD from 1 RSU; on 26/10/44 approval to convert to components.
A29-307 P-40M-1-CU 43-5435 2/43 served with 86 Sqn, 76 Sqns and 2 OTU; on 2/4/43 received by 86 Sqn from 1 AD; on 7/4/43 involved in a taxiing accident when the pilot turned off the runway he applied the brakes too heavily in soft ground causing it to nose over [pilot?]; on 19/5/43 sent to ANA at Parafield airport Adelaide SA; on 30/10/44 received at 76 Sqn from 22 RSURP; on 24/3/45 received by 86 Sqn again from 76 Sqn; on 21/6/45 issued to 2 OTU from 86 Sqn; on 24/6/45 to be ferried to Mildura Vic from Richmond NSW when after take-off the a/c failed to gain altitude from Richmond strip but managed to do part of a circuit when it stalled in a turn, hit the ground and burst into flames killing F/O G Donaldson (RAF); on 16/7/45 approved for conversion.
A29-308 P-40M-1-CU 43-5441 2/43 served with 86 Sqn; on 15/3/43 received by 86 Sqn from 1 AD (coded MP-G); on 17/5/43 forced landed about 30 miles (48 km) east of Canberra ACT [pilot?]; on 28/11/43 received back at 86 Sqn from 13 ARDRP having been repaired; on 26/12/43 received by 1 RSU from 86 Sqn; on 29/12/43 issued back to 86 Sqn from 1 RSU; on 19/3/44 hit by a P-47D that veered off the strip during take off (cf A29-336); on 15/4/44 approval to convert to components.
A29-309 P-40M-1-CU 43-5444 2/43 served with 86, 77 Sqns and 2 OTU.
A29-310 P-40M-5-CU 43-5508 3/43 served with 2 OTU in early 1943 and while with that unit had "310" in yellow on the sides aft of the roundel; involved in a landing mishap 11/1/45 and stood on its nose causing minor damage; destroyed at the Werribee bombing range 7/47.

Highlight for Album: Kittyhawk A29-310 

A29-311 P-40M-5-CU 43-5509 3/43 served with 2 OTU; on 21/4/44 while with 2 OTU F/O D E Andrew (403301) was forced to belly land the aircraft when it ran out of petrol.
A29-312 P-40M-5-CU 43-5510 3/43 served with 86 Sqn; on 25/3/43 it was received by 86 Sqn; on 11/2/44 it was received at 1 RSU for an engine change and then returned to 86 Sqn; on 12/4/44 when landing from a practice scramble it hit an American truck at the end of its landing run with F/L Keith Norman William Cooper (400078) not being injured; on 22/11/44 it was received by 76 Sqn from 22 RSURP; on 1/12/44 it made a belly landing in enemy territory near Mumi strip by Sgt Frank Reginald Brown (12802) who evaded capture and was rescued and his aircraft was strafed by other Kittyhawks from 76 Sqn and written off.
A29-313 P-40M-5-CU 43-5511 3/43 served with 86, 77 Sqns and 2 OTU.
A29-314 P-40M-5-CU 43-5512 3/43 served with 86, 77 Sqns and 2 OTU; on 26/3/43 it was received by 86 Sqn from 2 AD; on 19/4/44 it was received by 77 Sqn from 86 Sqn; on 29/6/44 it was sent to 11 RSU for the fitment of VHF equipment and from there went to 15 ARD; on 7/5/45 while with 15 ARD W/O A Simpson made a belly landing in it at Wards strip Pt Moresby after a hydraulic failure in flight, with W/O Simpson being uninjured; on 23/7/45 it was received at 2 OTU from 15 ARD; on 28/11/45 it was received at 6 AD from 2 OTU and was authorised for write off on 19/11/46.
A29-315 P-40M-5-CU 43-5513 3/43 served with 86, 82 and 76 Sqn; on 26/3/43 it was received by 86 Sqn from 2 AD; on 17/5/43 it carried out a forced landing at Charleyong, NSW some 30 miles (50km) east of Canberra while with 5 AD [pilot?]; on 16/7/43 it was received by 82 Sqn from 5 AD after repairs; on 15/11/43 it was received by 76 Sqn; on 2/1/44 it damaged it propeller blades during a landing at Kiriwina south strip while with 76 Sqn [pilot?]; on 6/5/44 it was received back at 76 from 26 RSU; on 18/2/45 it was issued to 86 Sqn; on 22/2/45 probably while being ferried south to Australia with A29-354 they ran into extreme weather conditions and were forced to land at Dango Is, with W/O Victor Reginald Waldemar Andrews (401606) belly landing this a/c on the beach of that island; due to sea water corrosion it was converted to components.
A29-316 P-40M-5-CU 43-5514 3/43 served with 86, 77, 76 Sqns and 2 OTU.
A29-317 P-40M-5-CU 43-5515 3/43 served with 86, 77 and 76 Sqns; on 25/3/43 it was received by 86 Sqn from 2 AD; on 26/1/44 it was received by 1 RSU for an engine change and returned to 86 Sqn on 1/244; on 19/4/44 it was received by 77 Sqn from 86 Sqn; on 19/5/44 it involved in a mid-air collision with a USAF B-24 Liberator while trying to land at Momote strip, Los Negros Is, with F/Sgt Howard Wallace Roberts (409225) crash landing the a/c on the side of the strip without injury; it was sent to 12 RSU for repairs; on 3/11/44 it was received by 76 Sqn from 22 RSU; on 8/2/45 F/L Thomas Louis Bronner (407218) bailed out due to engine trouble and it crashed into the sea off Numbar strip with Tom rescued by 553rd EBSR patrol boat.
A29-318 P-40M-5-CU 43-5516 3/43 served with 86 Sqn; on 25/3/43 it was received by 86 Sqn; on 5/12/43 when F/O D R Austin took off in this a/c from Merauke strip the starboard u/c folded causing the a/c to crash land; it went to 1 RSU, then 6 AD and was finally held at 3 CRD where conversion to comps was undertaken.
A29-319 P-40M-5-CU 43-5517 3/43 served with 2 OTU; on 25/2/44 after just completing a dive bombing exercise F/O Gordon Horace White was flying straight and level returning to Mildura when near Wentworth NSW his number 2 Sgt L Collins in A29-146 collided with him from below forcing F/O White to make a belly landing - both pilots escaped uninjured.
A29-320 P-40M-5 43-5636 3/43 served with 86 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 25/3/43 it was received by 86 Sqn; on 18/12/43 while it was on patrol F/Sgt A P Johns hit some coconut trees with the starboard wing, with F/Sgt Johns escaping injury; it was sent to 1 RSU, then 6 AD; on 1/4/45 it was received by 2 OTU and served out the war with them; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for w/o.
A29-321 P-40M-5-CU 43-5644 3/43 served with 86, 82, 76 Sqns and 2 OTU.
A29-322 P-40M-5-CU 43-5645 3/43 served with 86, 77, 76 Sqns and 8 OTU; on 21/3/43 issued to 86 Sqn from 2 AD; on 29/11/43 received back at 86 Sqn from 1 RSU; on 19/4/44 received 77 Sqn from 86 Sqn; on 22/10/44 received 76 Sqn from 22 RSURP having been through 15 ARDRP; on 24/3/45 received by 6 AD from 76 Sqn; on 18/6/45 received by 8 OTU from 6 AD but required inspection and appears never to have been used by 8 OTU; on 12/11/45 received 6 AD for storage from 8 OTU; on 19/11/46 authorised for write off.
A29-323 P-40M-5-CU 43-5646 3/43 served with 76 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 13/5/43 it was received by 76 Sqn from 2 AD; on 3?/11/43 while on a return flight to 76 Sqn at Kiriwina from 26 RSU the a/c developed engine trouble and the pilot [who?] returned to his departure strip on Goodenough Is; on 13/10/44 it experienced an engine failure on takeoff from Kamiri then jettisoned bomb between ships in the harbour and crash landed; on 29/4/45 it was received by 2 OTU; on 11/6/45 A29-155 taxiied into it as it had stopped on the strip due to the engine ceasing because P/O Raymond Gower Freeman (435812) had selected the wrong fuel setting after landing from a barge strafing training exercise and A29-155 didn't see the stationary aircraft; on 16/7/45 approval was given to convert to components.
A29-324 P-40M-5-CU 43-5648 3/43 served with 86, 77 and 76 Sqns and 2 OTU; on 11/5/43 it was received at 86 Sqn from 5 AD; on 14/2/44 it was received back at 86 Sqn from 1 RSU where it had gone for an engine change; on 19/4/44 it was received by 77 Sqn from 86 Sqn; on 5/12/44 it was sent as a replacement a/c to 76 Sqn then sent back to 86 Sqn on 24/3/45 and from there to 2 OTU on 25/6/45; on 16/10/45 it was involved in a forced landing at Albion Park NSW when F/L Robert James Kenyon (404836) became lost in bad weather and the u/c could not be lowered; on 31/1/46 approval was given for conversion.

Highlight for Album: Kittyhawk A29-324

A29-325 P-40M-5-CU 43-5649 3/43 served with 86 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 26/3/43 it was received by 86 Sqn from 2 AD; on 6/2/44 it went for an engine change at 1 RSU and being sent after that to 15 ARDRP on 19/4/44; on 15/12/44 while still with 15 ARDRP it crash landed at Wards strip Pt Moresby due to engine failure after S/L Arthur James Anthony O'Donnell (407588) had taken it for a test flight; on 24/6/45 it was received by 2 OTU and served out the war there being put in storage at 6 AD on 24/10/45; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for write off.
A29-326 P-40M-5-CU 43-5653 3/43 served with 86 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 22/3/43 it was issued to 86 Sqn; on 26/10/43 P/O W Glendinning hit a grader on the side of Merauke strip ripping the starboard wing off the a/c, with P/O Glendinning being ok; on 11/11/43 it was received back by 86 Sqn; on 17/12/43 when P/O Ronald Leonard Priestley was landing at Merauke strip the undercarriage was damaged so he elected to go around again and made a belly landing; it was sent to 1 RSU then to 15 ARD and 6 AD; on 19/5/45 it was received by 2 OTU and served out the war with that unit; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for w/o.
A29-327 P-40M-5-CU 43-5660 3/43 served with 86 Sqn; on 11/5/43 it was received by 86 Sqn; on 8/9/43 it was lost on a flight from Merauke Dutch NG to Horn Is Qld when flying some much needed spare parts to an 86 Sqn detachment at Horn Is but there was very bad weather around Merauke and it is believed it was lost near there as he had been in radio contact with the Fighter Sector for about 50 miles from Merauke no wreckage has been found and pilot F/O Ivor Clarence Hatcher (417183) was missing believed killed.
A29-328 P-40M-5-CU 43-5663 3/43 served with 86 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 25/3/43 it was received by 86 Sqn; on 26/9/43 it taxied into a truck that had stalled on the taxiway with F/Sgt P B Lavender escaping injury; it was sent to 1 RSU; on 26/9/44 it was involved in another taxiing accident; on 17/5/45 it was received at 2 OTU and from there went to 6 AD for storage; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for write off.
A29-329 P-40M-5-CU 43-5664 3/43 served with 2 OTU; on 31/5/43 the a/c overshot on approach and W/O Wes Forster applied the brakes too heavily and the a/c flipped on its back with W/O Forster being injured.
A29-330 P-40M-1-CU 43-5434 3/43 served with 86 and 77 Sqns; on 26/5/43 it was received by 86 Sqn from 1 AD; on 29/3/44 it was received back at 86 Sqn from 1 RSU having been back to and fro between 1 RSU and 86 Sqn some 2 times during the past 10 months; on 19/4/44 it was received by 77 Sqn from 86 Sqn; on 30/6/44 it was received by 11 RSU from 77 Sqn for the fitment of a VHF radio; on 20/1/45 it was received back at 86 Sqn from 6 AD where it had gone for an engine change; on 19/03/45 it landed heavily at Bohle River airfield Qld and the undercarriage collapsed consequently it was sent to 13 ARD for repairs; on 2/10/45 it was received at 6 CRD to be converted to components due to being considered uneconomical to repair.
A29-331 P-40M-1-CU 43-5442 3/43 served with 2 and 8 OTUs.
A29-332 P-40M-5-CU 43-5638 3/43 on 18/4/44 it swung on landing damaging the wing tip with W/O Dickenson being injured; a/c written off 11/48.
A29-333 P-40M-5-CU 43-5640 3/43 served with 86, 77 Sqns; on 30/12/43 it was received by 86 Sqn from 13 ARDRP; on 19/4/44 it was received by 77 Sqn from 86 Sqn and was sent a few months later sent to 11 RSU to fit VHF equipment and then went to 15 ARD; on 28/9/44 it was involved in a crash landing at Wards strip after the undercarriage failed to lower with W/O Stewart Maxwell Doig (401923) being uninjured; on 20/2/45 it was received by 13 ARDRP then was to be allocated to 2 OTU next 8 OTU but in both cases it was cancelled and it was eventually stored; on 29/11/46 it was approved for conversion.
A29-334 P-40M-5-CU 43-5647 3/43 served with 86 Sqn; on 29/6/43 it was received by 86 Sqn at Ross River; on 3/10/43 it was received back at 86 Sqn after some work was carried out by 12 RSU; on 23/3/44 while landing at Merauke strip the port undercarriage collapsed causing the Kittyhawk to ground loop and then stand on its prop with Sgt Richard John Robson (430400) being ok; on 8/6/44 it was received by 77 Sqn from 15 ARDRP; on 29/6/44 it was sent to 11 RSU to fit some VHF equipment; eventually on 20/6/45 it was received by 2 OTU less its guns and on the next day was sent to 8 OTU; on 8/11/45 it was received by 6 AD for storage; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for write off.
A29-335 P-40M-5-CU 43-5652 3/43 served with 86 Sqn; on 11/5/43 it was received by 86 Sqn; on 6/10/43 when P/O W Glendinning landed the a/c in a tropical storm it hit a sign post with the port wing; on 22/10/44 it was received by 76 Sqn and then on 27/2/45 it was passed onto 86 Sqn; on 9/3/45 it collided with A29-342 while doing follow the leader exercise, crash landed and burnt on Bohle River airfield Qld fortunately the pilot of this aircraft W/O Leon Barry Brown (432127) was unhurt.
A29-336 P-40M-5-CU 43-5657 3/43 served with 86 Sqn; on 20/5/43 issued to 86 Sqn from 1 AD (coded MP-Z); on 6/9/43 attached to 84 Sqn while with 86 Sqn; on 19/03/44 one of two RAAF P-40s struck by P-47D when it swung off the Horn Is strip on takeoff (cf A29-308); on 2/5/44 approval to convert to comps.
A29-337 P-40M-1 43-5410 4/43 served with 76 Sqn; on 13/5/43 it was received by 76 Sqn from 2 AD; on 2/7/43 it was involved in a taxiing accident at Vivigani strip Goodenough Is, being returned to the sqn on 6/11/43; on 29/10/44 it was one of 12 a/c on a practice interception with P-47's of 13th USAAF between Noemfoor Is and Biak Is when it collided with A29-346 and crashed into the sea in the Biak area killing F/O William Glendenning (428386); no trace of the pilot was found.
A29-338 P-40M-1-CU 43-5412 4/43 served with 76 Sqn and 8 OTU.
A29-339 P-40M-1-CU 43-5413 4/43 served with 86 Sqn; on 20/9/43 it was received by 86 Sqn; on 22/11/43 when P/O Darrel Geoffrey Cornwell was landing it it ran off the side of the strip, hit a ditch which collapsed the undercarriage, P/O Cornwell escaped injury; it went to 1 RSU then 3 AD and finally 3 CRD where it was eventually converted to comps on 19/6/44.
A29-340 P-40M-1-CU 43-5414 4/43 served with 76 Sqn; on 13/5/43 it was received by 76 Sqn from 2 AD; on 11/5/44 it's undercarriage collapsed on landing when the aircraft swung P/O A M Pettett over corrected causing a violent swing in the opposite direction and the pilot was unhurt; on 17/10/44 it was part of a 4 a/c watercraft sweep over the Idore area with only three aircraft returning to base at 1712 hours with F/Lt James Cairns Harrison (401067) being shot down by AA and sighted the next day (18th) floating in a dinghy in the Inseh River and a US Catalina arrived at 1200 hours, picked him up and flew him to hospital in Biak.
A29-341 P-40M-1-CU 43-5420 4/43 served 76 Sqn; on 13/5/43 it was received by 76 Sqn; on 31/12/43 it swung on landing at the Kiriwina strip and hit a bank wrecking the undercarriage with F/Sgt Wallace Joseph Nugent (413024) escaping injury; on 16/2/44 it was received back at 76 Sqn from 12 RSU; on 5/2/45 it was received at 22 RSU then sent to 6 AD; on 20/6/45 it was received by 8 OTU and served out the rest of the war with them; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for w/o.
A29-342 P-40M-1-CU 43-5422 4/43 served with 76 and 86 Sqns; on 13/5/43 it was received by 76 Sqn it went back and forth between 76 Sqn and various RSUs for engine changes etc; on 27/2/45 it was received by 86 Sqn; on 9/3/45 it collided with A29-335 and spun into the river bank near Bohle River airfield Qld killing F/Sgt Peter Marlow Collier (437396) with the a/c being written off.
A29-343 P-40M-1-CU 43-5423 4/43 served with 76 Sqn; on 13/5/43 received by 76 Sqn coded SV-H; on 9/7/43 after landing at an emergency strip on Goodenough Is the prop hit the ground after F/L E B Tainton (402009) applied the brakes violently to miss some tractors on the edge of the taxiway; on 13/1/44 while on a strafing mission to New Britain F/Sgt Lindsay Gordon Eddy (422465) struck some trees with the port wing while strafing but managed to fly the damaged a/c back to base; on 18/6/44 while on a travel flight from Port Moresby NG to Horn Is Qld this a/c ditched into the sea near Dibiri Is killing F/O Ronald Leonard Hurley (33320) who was eventually washed ashore and buried on the island; during October 1946 F/O Hurley was exhumed and buried with full military honours at Port Moresby, NG.
A29-344 P-40M-1-CU 43-5432 4/43 served with 76 Sqn; on 13/5/43 it was received by 76 Sqn; on 19/4/44 it was sent to 26 RSU presumably for normal maintenance and received back at 76 Sqn on 6/5/44; on 11/5/44 it crashed while landing at Momote strip when it swung off the strip and the u/c collapsed with damage to engine, prop, mainplanes and u/c with P/O A H Pettet not being injured; it was sent to 12 RSU and spent the rest of 1944 and early 1945 at RSUs and 15 ARD; on 10/7/45 it was received at 8 OTU and by Nov 1945 was stored at 6AD Oakey, Qld; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for write off.
A29-345 P-40M-10-CU 43-5769 4/43 served with 76 Sqn (maybe 8 OTU?).
A29-346 P-40M-10-CU 43-5773 4/43 served with 76 Sqn; on 13/5/43 it was received by 76 Sqn; on 3/7/43 it collided with a stationary Kittyhawk on Goodenough strip after miscommunication between P/O Francis Walker Grosvenor (403472) and the airman on the wing tip; on 11/2/44 its starboard mainplane was damaged at the Kiriwina strip when it swung on landing and hit a fuel drum because of an uncoupling of rudder cables with F/O J C Johnston escaping injury; on 17/4/44 it was returned to 76 Sqn; on 26/9/44 it was involved in a taxiing accident with a Douglas DC-3(?) on returning from a training flight [pilot]; on 29/10/44 it was one of 12 a/c on a practice interception with P-47's of 13th USAAF between Noemfoor Is and Biak Is when it collided with A29-337 and crashed into the sea in the Biak area killing F/Sgt Clifford James Williss (437187); no trace of the pilot was found.
A29-347 P-40M-10-CU 43-5774 4/43 served with 76 Sqn (maybe 8 OTU?).
A29-348 P-40M-10-CU 43-5775 4/43 served with 76 Sqn; on 13/5/43 it was received by 76 Sqn; on 18/6/43 it was involved in a taxiing accident on Turnbull strip [pilot?] and sent to 10 RSU; on 4/8/43 it returned to 76 Sqn; on 23/9/43 it left Kiriwina strip for an attack on Gasmata and it was last seen just before the attack but F/Sgt Maurice Roantree (422300) never returned and was listed as MIA; it is believed F/Sgt Roantree is still MIA.
A29-349 P-40M-10-CU 43-5777 4/43 served with 76 Sqn and 8 OTU; received by 76 Sqn on 13/5/43; on 18/6/43 the starboard wheel struck drain when taxiing at Turnbull strip, NG; on 23/12/43 damaged by enemy fire while on ops; on 10/03/44 it overshot airstrip at Momote and ran into rough ground causing the u/c to collapse while landing and pilot F/Sgt G Hipgrave was unhurt; on 14/3/44 it was damaged again while landing after a travel flight pilot F/Sgt Fletcher was ok; on 10/5/44 it was received by 12 RSU then sent to 13 ARDRP on 26/2/45 and from there to 8 OTU on 9/7/45; while with 8 OTU on 21/8/45 this a/c attempted to land immediately after take-off and during the landing ran into a tree stump and burnt at Parkes, NSW killing F/L Leonard Keith Harris (403736); on 4/10/45 approval was given for conversion to components.
A29-350 P-40M-10-CU 43-5780 4/43 served with 76 Sqn; on 13/5/43 it was received by 76 Sqn from 2 AD; on 2/1143 at Kiriwina it starboard mainplane was damaged when the inner blast tube on the starboard wing blew out and it was sent to 26 RSU; on 29/12/43 it was received back at 76 Sqn from 26 RSU; on 11/10/44 its undercarriage collapsed during a heavy landing at Kamiri strip Noemfoor Is by F/Sgt A J Middleton who was injured in the accident and it was sent to 22 RSU; on 1/1/45 it was returned to 76 Sqn; on 8/1/45 it crashed into the sea 1 mile (1.6km) east of Kornasoren strip on Noemfoor Is and the a/c sank within a few minutes taking with it F/Sgt Alick James Makeham (430117).
A29-351 P-40M-10-CU 43-5781 4/43 served with 76, 86 Sqns and 2 OTU.
A29-352 P-40M-10-CU 43-5785 4/43 served with 76 and 77 Sqns; on 17/7/43 A29-186 taxied into this a/c at night because it had been left on the taxiway adjoining the ends of both runways; on 16/3/44 it was involved in a landing accident at Momote when one wheel hit a coral mound causing the undercarriage to collapse with pilot Sgt A G Hepburn uninjured; converted to components.
A29-353 P-40M-10 43-5789 4/43 served with 76, 86 Sqns and 8 OTU.
A29-354 P-40M-10-CU 43-5798 4/43 served with 76 Sqn; on 13/5/43 it was received by 76 Sqn from 2 AD; on 2/1/45 it was received back by 76 from 22 RSU presumably after a 240 hourly or some such maintenance; on 18/2/45 it was issued to 86 Sqn from 76 Sqn; however on 22/2/45 probably while being ferried south to Australia with A29-315 they ran into extreme weather conditions and were forced to land at Dango Is with F/O Lloyd Stanley Wright (410026) belly landing this a/c in the water just off the beach of that island but it flipped onto its back in about 3' (0.9m) of water; due to sea water corrosion it was converted to components.

Kittyhawk A29-354

A29-355 P-40M-5-CU 43-5641 4/43 served with 76 Sqn.
A29-356 P-40M-5-CU 43-5654 4/43 served with 76 Sqn; on 13/5/43 it was received by 76 Sqn and believed coded SV-V with them and was often flown by W/C Wilfred Stanley Arthur who was OC 71 Wing at the time; on 31/10/43 W/C Wilfred Arthur claimed a probable G4M Betty over the Jacquinot Bay area of New Britain in this a/c; on 5/11/43 with W/C Arthur piloting it he hit Spitfire A58-177 while the former was taking off from Kiriwina strip with Sgt Ian Callister being killed in the Spitfire and W/C Arthur being badly burnt; on 22/11/43 approval was given to convert to components.
A29-357 P-40M-5-CU 43-5655 4/43 served with 76, 77, 86 Sqns and 2 OTU; on 13/5/43 it was received by 76 Sqn from 2 AD and was coded SV-H with 76 Sqn; on 31/5/43 it ground looped when its starboard wheel became bogged on spongy ground and the a/c stood on its nose; on 8/6/44 it was received by 77 Sqn after having gone through several ARDs during late 1943 and early 1944, however it didn't stay with 77 Sqn for long as it was sent to 12 RSU for an engine change after about 2 weeks; on 3/8/44 it was returned to 76 Sqn after the engine change; on 11/10/44 the undercarriage collapsed after a heavy landing by W/O W G (C?) Grant his second accident for the month (cf A29-377); on 9/1/45 it was received back at 76 Sqn from 22 RSU but a few days later was sent for an engine change; on 3/2/45 it was returned to 76 Sqn then sent to 86 Sqn on 24/3/45; on 24/6/45 it was received by 2 OTU from 86 Sqn; on 22/10/45 it was sent to 6 AD for storage from 86 Sqn; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for write off.
A29-358 P-40M-5-CU 43-5656 4/43 served with 86, 77 Sqns and 2 OTU.
A29-359 P-40M-5-CU 43-5661 4/43 served with 76 Sqn; on 13/5/43 received by 76 Sqn (coded SV-X) from 2 AD; on 18/6/44 the oil system failed at 17,000' with the engine stopping at 6,000' from there G/C Gordon Henry Steege DSO, DFC (213) managed to belly land on the beach of Dibiri Is and was picked up uninjured; the last time the a/c was seen the engine had broken up and the remainder had been washed into the mud flats by the tide; it was written off.
A29-360 P-40M-5-CU 43-5662 4/43 served with 76 Sqn; on 6/7/43 it was received by 76 Sqn; on 2/11/43 while at Kiriwina the leading edge of the starboard wing was damaged when the blast tubes blew and it was issued to 10 RSU; on 29/12/43 it was returned to 76 Sqn; on 12/4/44 it overshot airstrip and ran into rough ground at Momote due to engine misfire during take-off for an operational mission with F/Sgt J D McGrath being ok; it was to be converted to components but by Sept 1944 it was considered repairable at 12 RSU however on 25/9/45 it was to be allocated for storage at 6 AD but by 13/12/45 it was approved for conversion and this was carried out.
A29-361 P-40M-5-CU 43-5665 4/43 served with 76, 86 Sqns and 2 OTU; on 13/5/43 it was received by 76 Sqn from 2 AD; on 29/10/43 on returning from a dive bombing attack it made a belly landing on Kiriwina strip [pilot?]; on 11/11/43 it returned to 76 Sqn; on 6/10/44 it overshot on a downwind landing, ground looped and severed the u/c with Sgt John Milton Furze (13407) being ok; on 6/12/44 it returned to 76 Sqn; on 27/2/45 it was received by 86 Sqn from 76 Sqn, but on 20/6/45 was sent to 2 OTU then on 4/10/45 it was sent for storage at 6 AD; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for write off.
A29-362 P-40M-5-CU 43-5668 4/43 served with 76 Sqn; on 14/6/43 it crashed on the beach 2 miles from Portland Roads near Iron Range, Qld killing F/O Norman Peter Randall.
A29-363 P-40M-5-CU 43-5637 4/43 served with 76 Sqn; on 6/6/43 it was received by 76 Sqn; on 19/11/43 its prop was damaged at Kiriwina strip while taxiing when it hit an oil drum with pilot J C Baker escaping injury; on 3/10/44 4 P-40s were airborne at 0959 hours on a dive bombing sortie over the Babo No. 1 strip, but this a/c piloted by F/Sgt G Faulkner (417629) was shot down with the pilot picked up by a Catalina and returned to the Sqn the next day; the a/c was written off.
A29-364 P-40M-5-CU 43-5639 4/43 served with 76, 86 Sqns and 2 OTU; on 31/7/43 it was received by 76 Sqn from 13 ARD; on 26/9/44 while landing at Kamiri strip Noemfoor a C-47 crossed in front of it and the pilot P/O J P Lundie swerved but hit another C-47 parked on the side of the strip; on 9/12/44 it was received back at 76 Sqn from 22 RSU; on 15/3/45 it was issued to 86 Sqn from 76 Sqn; on 21/4/45 it was received by 2 OTU; on 10/6/45 it swung to port on landing from a training exercise, ground looped and nosed over with F/Sgt George Mackey (440079) being ok and so was sent to 6 AD for storage; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for write off.
A29-365 P-40M-10-CU 43-5865 4/43 served with 76 Sqn; on 6/7/43 was received by 76 Sqn from 13 ARD; on 13/10/44 it crashed on landing at the Kamiri strip Noemfoor Island when the port undercarriage collapsed, pilot Sgt Desmond George Crooks (439292) was ok; on 29/12/44 approval to be converted to components was given.
A29-366 P-40M-10-CU 43-5866 4/43 served with 76 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 27/1/44 it was received by 76 being coded SV-U with them and had painted on the nose a naked lady with the word "Mischief"; it flew over 30 missions with F/O Milton Mervyn Furze (13407) as its pilot; on 19/3/44 it was sent to 1 RSU for some repairs (damage unknown) returning a short time after; on 15/2/45 it was received at 22 RSU for an engine change then on 2/4/45 it was sent to 2 OTU; by 22/10/45 it was at 6 AD Oakey, Qld and was authorised for w/o on 19/11/46.
A29-367 P-40M-10-CU 43-5867 4/43 served with 76 Sqn; on 7/10/43 it was received by 76 Sqn at Kiriwina Is; on 13/2/44 it belly landed short of the Kiriwina strip when during a test flight smoke was seen coming from under the instrument panel with F/Sgt W J Nugent (413024) being ok though the a/c was converted to components.
A29-368 P-40M-10-CU 43-5868 4/43 served with 76 Sqn; on 27/7/43 it was received by 76 Sqn at Goodenough Is; on 5/8/43 it was received at 26 RSU for an engine change and was held there in reserve for 76 Sqn; on 18/10/43 it was received back at 76 Sqn; on 22/1/44 while strafing targets at Cape Hoskins strip New Britain it was hit by AA fire forcing aS/L Ian Sandford Loudon DFC (404691), who was the CO of 76 Sqn at the time, to take to the silk and he was later rescued.
A29-369 P-40M-10-CU 43-5869 4/43 served with 86 and 77 Sqns.
A29-370 P-40M-10-CU 43-5870 4/43 served with 86 Sqn; on 4/6/43 while with 13 ARD it was damaged on the starboard elevator as a result of a collision; on 3/8/43 it was received by 86 Sqn, but the next month it was attached to 84 Sqn; on 20/11/43 while with 86 Sqn the port tyre blew out on t/o, crashed into some bushes, caught fire and was burnt out with F/O L N Brickhill escaping injury; some parts were salvaged and it was w/o.
A29-371 P-40M-10-CU 43-5871 4/43 served with 86 Sqn; on 16/10/43 it was received by 86 Sqn; on 20/11/43 while returning from a patrol in very bad weather this a/c was seen to pull up, stalled some 400' above the sea, it turned over onto its back and disappeared near Kombies Is, DNG, despite a search by fellow pilot P/O Harris and naval vessels in the area no trace was found of F/O James Caston Donnan (412120) who was declared KIA.
A29-372 P-40M-10-CU 43-5872 4/43 served with 86, 77 and 76 Sqns; on 2/7/43 it was received by 86 Sqn; on 22/2/44 it swung to port while landing at Merauke strip P/O David Maxwell Lyndsay Hall (432162) then overcorrected and a/c ground looped with pilot uninjured; on 27/3/44 it was received back by 86 Sqn from 1 RSU; on 19/4/44 it was received by 77 Sqn at Los Negros; on 3/8/44 it was received by 76 Sqn at Momote; on 24/3/45 it was received by at 86 Sqn from 76 Sqn; on 24/6/45 it was received by 2 OTU but it was incomplete and was sent to 6 AD for storage; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for write off.

Highlight for Album: Kittyhawk A29-372

A29-373 P-40M-10-CU 43-5873 4/43 served with 86 Sqn.
A29-374 P-40M-10-CU 43-5874 4/43 served with 86, 77 Sqns and 2 OTU; on 7/11/43 it was received by 86 Sqn from 13 ARDRP; on 19/4/44 it was received by 77 Sqn from 86 Sqn; on 6/6/45 it was issued to 2 OTU but while landing at Cooktown, Qld. during the ferry flight by F/L John Arthur Lee Archer DFC the port u/c collapsed causing the a/c to swing collapsing the other u/c leg; on 20/12/45 it was authorised to be converted due to being uneconomical to repair.
A29-375 P-40M-10-CU 43-5875 4/43 served with 82, 76 Sqns and 2 OTU
A29-376 P-40M-10-CU 43-5876 4/43 served with 82, 76 Sqns and 2 OTU; on 5/7/43 Sgt R C O'Neil carried out a forced landing in it 1 mile south of Albion Park after a gunnery practice while with 82 Sqn; 11/7/43 received by 5 AD; 22/9/44 issued to 22 RSU; 5/12/44 damaged by blown blast tubes while with 76 Sqn; 5/4/45 arrived at 2 OTU; 25/6/45 accidental damage at Mildura, Vic when after landing the gear up was selected instead of flaps up; 29/11/45 was received at 6 AD; 19/11/46 written off.
A29-377 P-40M-10-CU 43-5767 6/43 served with 86, 77, 76 Sqns and 2 OTU; on 26/12/43 it was issued to 86 Sqn from 13 ARD; on 19/4/44 it was received by 77 Sqn from 86 Sqn; on 22/6/44 it was received by 76 Sqn from 77 Sqn as a replacement for A29-359; on 1/10/44 W/O W G Grant landed the a/c at Kamiri strip in a tail high position at high speed causing the collapse of the undercarriage and extensive damage; on 8/1/45 it was received back at 76 Sqn from 22 RSU and next month was sent to 86 Sqn; on 28/6/45 it was received by 2 OTU and in Oct was sent for storage at 6 AD; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for write-off.

Highlight for Album: Kittyhawk A29-377

A29-378 P-40M-10-CU 43-5768 6/43 served with 2 OTU; on 29/3/44 received by 76 Sqn; on 29/3/44 while it was landing from its flight to the sqn a Douglas DC-3 taxiied in front of it causing its pilot [who?] to swing to avoid the collision but instead hit a parked B-25; the USAAF effected repairs; on 17/5/45 it was received by 2 OTU who used it for the remainder of the war and then it was put into storage with 6 AD; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for write off.
A29-379 P-40M-10-CU 43-5770 6/43 served with 76 Sqn and 2 OTU; on 26/2/44 it was received by 76 Sqn; on 1/3/44 on landing after a training flight the starboard u/c collapsed causing it to ground loop at Kiriwina with F/Sgt Norman Robert Ellis (413183) being ok; on 30/4/45 it was received by 2 OTU and served there until sent to 6 AD for storage on 28/10/45; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for write off.
A29-380 P-40M-10-CU 43-5771 6/43 served with 86, 77 Sqns and 2 OTU.
A29-381 P-40M-10-CU 43-5791 6/43 served with 76 Sqn; on 31/3/44 it was received by 76 Sqn; on 8/12/44 F/O Robert James Adam Hunter (425664) lead 4 Kittyhawks with 1,000lb bomb load on a bombing and strafing attack on Ransiki River bridge when his a/c was hit by AA fire in the engine, he bailed out coming down in Geelvink Bay, however the next day the rescue Catalina ground looped while landing on the water damaging the port wing and float and a LCM had to be sent to pick up F/O Hunter and the crew of the Catalina; F/O Hunter had been in the water some 19.5 hrs; a/c was written off.
A29-382 P-40M-10-CU 43-5806 6/43 served with 76 Sqn and 2 OTU.
A29-383 P-40M-10-CU 43-5814 6/43 served with 86 Sqn, 2 and 8 OTUs; on 28/11/43 it was received by 86 Sqn; on 19/12/43 Sgt R G Gibson overshot the Merauke strip on landing and hit a jeep, with R Gibson escaping injury; it went to 1 RSU then 6 AD; on 3/3/45 it was received by 2 OTU; on 21/6/45 it was received by 8 OTU and served out the few month remaining of the war there; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for w/o.
A29-384 P-40M-10-CU 43-5877 6/43 served with 86, 77 and 2 OTU.
A29-385 P-40M-10-CU 43-5878 6/43 served with 77, 76 Sqns and 8 OTU
A29-386 P-40M-10-CU 43-5879 6/43 served with nil; after being taken on by the RAAF on 20/6/43 it was held as a reserve a/c first at 2 AD then 5 AD; on 22/6/44 it was received by 15 ARDRP at Port Moresby, NG; on 31/8/44 while landing at Turnbull strip Milne Bay by W/C C S Davis the port u/c collapsed, it was W/C Davis's first flight on the type; when the a/c was sent for repairs it was found that there were cracks in the reduction gear housing of the engine and the a/c was recommended for crating, being sent to 6 AD; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for write off.
A29-387 P-40M-10-CU 43-5880 6/43 served with 77, 76, 86 Sqns and 2 OTU; on 11/5/44 it was received by 77 Sqn from 15 ARDRP; on 28/5/44 it had been on a training flight and when coming into land the u/c collapsed with F/Sgt Russell Alfred Collins (430094) being ok; on 9/12/44 it was received by 76 Sqn after being repaired at 12 RSU; on 29/3/45 it was issued to 86 Sqn from 76 Sqn; on 5/4/45 it was received by 2 OTU and it spent out the rest of the war there before being sent to 6 AD for storage; on 19/11/46 it was authorised for write off.
A29-388 P-40M-10-CU 43-5881 6/43 served with 86 Sqn, 2 and 8 OTU.
A29-389 P-40M-10-CU 43-5882 6/43 served with 77 Sqn; it was held as a reserve a/c and did the rounds with 2 AD, 5 AD13 ARDRP, 15 ARDRP and 15 ARD; on 27/5/44 while on a test flight with 15 ARD it lost hydraulic fluid and W/O Stewart Maxwell Doig (401923) was forced to belly land on Wards strip and was sent back to 15 ARD for repairs; on 6/6/45 approval was given to convert.
Note: There were at least 2 P-40M-1s 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 300 series (ie. A29-3**) and so the US serial numbers are included here and are 43-5409 and 43-5436. These 2 Kittyhawks were from the batch of 60 P-40M-1s
     

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