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Aircraft Serial USAAF Serial Type C/N Aircraft History
A53-1 41-7119 P-39F-1-BE 15B-4 Received 27/07/42 2 AD.
Served with 24 Sqn 02/08/42 to 19/02/43.
Crashed Luddenham 19/02/43 when the engine failed in flight,
P/O A F Tutt abandoned the aircraft over South Luddenham, near Sydney Australia.
Total Time 140.55 hours.
Converted to components 06/03/43.
Written off 08/03/43.
The remains of this aircraft still exist in South Australia and has been identified by two separate sources.
A53-2 41-7134 P-39F-1-BE 15B-19 Received 27/07/42 2 AD.
Served with 24 Sqn 02/08/42 to 07/06/43.
02/10/42 24 Sqn, Shrapnel holed airframe, starboard tyre punctured, windscreen and gun sight damaged.
Served with 82 Sqn 21/06/43 to 15/09/43.
Returned to the US 5th Air Force 20/09/43.
A53-3 41-7157 P-39F-1-BE 15B-42 Received 27/07/42 2 AD.
Served with 24 Sqn 02/08/42 to 24/02/43.
26/08/42 24 Sqn, undercarriage failed to lock down and aircraft damaged.
Engine failure 24/02/43 at Bankstown NSW and damaged beyond repair.
Converted to Components 22/03/43.
A53-4 41-7163 P-39F-1-BE 15B-48 Received 27/07/42 2 AD.
Served with 24 Sqn 02/08/42 to 07/06/43, during this time many repairs completed at 5 AD.
Served with 82 Sqn 21/06/43 to 15/09/43.
Returned to the US 5th Air Force 20/09/43.
A53-5 41-7164 P-39F-1-BE 15B-49 Received 27/07/42 2 AD.
Served with 24 Sqn 02/08/42 to 26/10/42.
Crashed 26/10/42 after an engine failure at Bankstown NSW, aircraft destroyed.
Allocated to 2 AD 02/11/42 and converted to components 03/12/42.
A53-6 41-7168 P-39F-1-BE 15B-53 Received 27/07/42 2 AD.
Served with 24 Sqn 02/08/42 to 12/10/42.
Holed Propeller 05/09/42 while employed in air to ground gunnery practice.
Served with 82 Sqn 07/06/43 to 20/08 or 30/08/43. 20/08/43 or 30/08/43 (Records not clear)
Forced Landing due to Engine failure 47 miles due east of Liverpool, aircraft repairable.
Crated 22/10/43 for return to the US 5th Air Force, which occurred on the 11/11/43.
A53-7 41-7141 P-39F-1-BE 15B-26 Received 27/07/42 2 AD?
Served with 24 Sqn 05/08/42 to 15/05/43.
Forced Landing 06/10/42, propeller and engine damage.
Served with 83 Sqn 21/05/43 to 04/07/43, while waiting to re-equip with the Boomerang.
Served with 82 Sqn 05/07/43 to 15/09/43.
Forced landing at Williamtown NSW 02/09/43.
Returned to the US 5th Air Force 22/10/43.
A53-8 40-3017 P-39D-BE 15-27 Received by 23 Sqn from the USAAC 17/08/42.
Served with 23 Sqn 17/08/42 to 26/02/43.
Served with 83 Sqn 26/02/43 to 30/03/43.
Undercarriage collapsed 30/03/43,
With 3 AD from 31/03/43 to 03/04/43.
Converted to components 26/08/43,
Remains crated and returned to US 5th Air Force.
A53-9 40-3035 P-39D-BE 15-45 Received by 23 Sqn from the USAAC 17/08/42.
Served with 23 Sqn 17/08/42 to 26/02/43.
Served with 83 Sqn 26/02/43 to 28/05/43.
Converted to components 26/08/43,
Remains crated and returned to US 5th Air Force.

Highlight for Album: P-39 A53-9

A53-10 41-6758 P-39D-BE 15-97 Received by 23 Sqn from the USAAC 17/08/42.
Served with 23 Sqn 17/08/42 to 24/09/42.
Passed to 10 RSU for Repairs.
Served with 23 Sqn 01/10/42 to 26/02/43.
Served with 83 Sqn 26/02/43 to 15/07/43.
Served with 82 Sqn 16/07/43 to 15/09/43.
Returned to the US 5th Air Force 28/09/43.
A53-11 41-6805 P-39D-BE 15-144 Received by 23 Sqn from the USAAC 17/08/42. S
erved with 23 Sqn 17/08/42 to 26/01/43.
On 26/01/43 there was a landing accident, mainplanes fuselage and engine all damaged.
Passed to 3 AD 03/02/43 for repair.
Returned to the US 5th Air Force 04/10/43.
A53-12 41-6944 P-39D-BE 15-283 Received by 23 Sqn from the USAAC 17/08/42.
Served with 23 Sqn 17/08/42 to 26/02/43.
Served with 83 Sqn 26/02/43 to 14/04/43.
Served with 24 Sqn 15/04/43 to 07/06/43.
Served with 82 Sqn 21/06/43 to 01/07/43.
01/07/43 Aircraft damaged beyond repair in a forced landing during a practice interception 1 mile east of Bulli Rifle range.
Converted to components 26/08/43,
Remains crated and returned to US 5th Air Force.

Note: The P-39 restored by the Classic Jets Fighter museum at Parafield, SA has been finished to represent A53-12.

Highlight for Album: P-39 "A53-12"

A53-13 41-7085 P-39D-BE 15-424 Received by 23 Sqn from the USAAC 17/08/42.
Served with 23 Sqn 17/08/42 to 26/02/43.
Served with 83 Sqn 26/02/43 to 15/07/43.
Served with 82 Sqn 16/07/43 to 15/09/43.
Returned to the US 5th Air Force 20/09/43.
A53-14 41-6968 P-39D-BE 15-307 Received by 23 Sqn from the USAAC 31/08/42.
Served with 23 Sqn 31/08/42 to 24/09/42.
At 10 RSU 24/09/42 to 01/10/42.
Served with 23 Sqn 01/10/42 to 26/02/43.
Engine Change by 10 RSU 06/10/42.
Served with 83 Sqn 26/02/43 to 15/07/43.
Damaged by blockage in 37mm cannon 26/06/43.
Served with 82 Sqn 16/07/43 to 23/09/43.
Returned to the US 5th Air Force 23/10/43.
A53-15 41-6723 P-39D-BE 15-62 Received by 3 AD 13/05/43.
Was to go to 82 Sqn but cancelled.
 Returned to the US 5th Air Force 10/10/43.
A53-16 41-6738 P-39D-BE 15-77 D-BE Sumac RAAF 18-Feb-42 9-Mar-42
28-Apr-44 36th PS/ 8th FG
A53-16 Accepted 30/07/41
To "X" 18/02/42 "X" 09/03/42.
Issued to 36PS/8th PG Lowood.
Wheels up landing 26/03/42.
Was tfr to RAAF 3AD ret to AAF, not allocated to RAAF Sqn.
Returned USA 27/01/44,
Surveyed 28/04/44.
A53-17 41-6929 P-39D-BE 15-268 Received by 3 AD 13/05/43.
Returned to the US 5th Air Force 11/10/43.
A53-18 41-6947 P-39D-BE 15-286 Received by 3 AD 13/05/43.
Was to go to 82 Sqn but cancelled.
Returned to the US 5th Air Force 04/10/43.
A53-19 41-7189 P-39F-1-BE 15B-74 Received by 3 AD 13/05/43.
Served with 82 Sqn 19/07/43 to 14/10/43.
Returned to the US 5th Air Force 14/10/43.
A53-20 41-6838 P-39D-BE 15-177 Received by 3 AD 09/07/43.
Was to go to 82 Sqn but cancelled.
 Returned to the US 5th Air Force 29/09/43.
A53-21 41-7235 P-39F-1-BE 15B-120 Received by 3 AD 09/07/43.
Was to go to 82 Sqn but cancelled.
Repairs carried out by 3 AD before being returned to the US 5th Air Force 14/10/43.
A53-22 41-7199 P-39F-1-BE 15B-84 Received by 3 AD 27/07/43.
Returned to the US 5th Air Force 28/09/43.
BW114 ? P400 14-306 The P400 loaned for initial training at Laverton.
P400 Airacobra BW114 Built to Contract DA-42-4801(Defense Aid)
Received from Bell Aircraft Company :25/12/41
To Memphis Tenn.: 25/12/41
To Port of Exit : San Francisco :10/02/42
Left USA Cont to Project "X" : 19/02/42
Arrived Australia: 15/04/42 Assembled and accepted USAAF (Sumac) : 21/04/42
Damaged/Wrecked AFMSC: 10/02/43 94Hrs TT
Condemned: 01/04/1944.
     

The Author of this page is Darren Crick updated by Brendan Cowan

Source: WW2 Airfields 50 years on, Eagle Farm 1942, by Brian Creer, Small Air Forces Observer, Aircraft Status Cards from National Archives.

Emails: Gordon Birkett, Stephen Szczurek, Joe Baugher, Johan van der Wei, Stig Jarlevik, Stephen Smith, Bob Livingston, Dean Norman, Robert Brosing, Ron Cuskelly.

Updated 11 June 2013

     

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