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RAAF Curtiss P-40D/E/F/K/L/M/N Kittyhawk I, II, III & IV
3 & 450 Sqns, RAAF

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Curtiss Kittyhawk 
Mark IAs 
RAAF 3 Squadron 
lined up at LG 91, Egypt

     
 

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3 Sqn RAAF Kittyhawk Image Gallery  450 Sqn RAAF Kittyhawk Image Gallery

 
     

Please Note: This page is incomplete and is just a stater for this topic

     
RAF Serial USAAF Serial Type Type c/n Aircraft History
AK634   P-40? Mk.? ? Served with 450 Sqn, RAAF; Coded OK-M,
New Zealander Flt Lt John Edwin Ashley 'Willy' Williams, DFC made all his claims during his tour with No 450 Sqn in the summer of 1942. Flying this aircraft (which carried a personal marking on the nose) on an early morning armed reconnaissance patrol on 5 July 1942, he came across a single Ju88 from I./LG1 and shot it down for his second victory. In October Williams became CO of No 450, but his tenure was brief for on the 31st he was Shot down and made a POW. Sent to Germany, he participated in the 'Great Escape' from Stalag Luft III (Sagan, Germany - now in Poland) of 25 March 1944, and was one of those later executed by the Gestapo after being recaptured.
Having previously served with No 112 Sqn AK634 was struck off charge on 26 April 1944.
AK886   P-40D Mk.I ? Served with 450 Sqn, RAAF; Coded OK-R,
AK897     Mk.I ? Served with 450 Sqn, RAAF; Coded OK-O,
AK903   P-40E? Mk.I   Served with 3 Sqn RAAF; Coded CV-L,
Flown by Flt Lt Nicky Barr
ET918   P-40 Mk.I ? Served with 450 Sqn, RAAF; Coded OK-V,
ET953   P-40 Mk.IA   Served with 3 Sqn, RAAF, Coded CV-V,
Flown by Sqn Ldr Bobby Gibbes.
FL304   P-40F-?-CU Mk.IIA ? Served with 3 Sqn, RAAF,

Curtis Kittyhawks
CV-S
CV-Z
Sicily, Italy. July 1943.

FL308   P-40F-?-CU Mk.IIA ? 112 Sqn RAF, Coded GA-V, (Flown by Neville Duke);
Served with 3 Sqn, RAAF,  Coded CV-V,
Flown by Sqn Ldr Bobby Gibbes.FL7

Curtiss Kittyhawk P-40F
FL308 CV-V ,
RAAF 3 Squadron Leader
Bobby Gibbes, 
Libya, c.1943.
Photo via Mike Mirkovic  Curtiss Kittyhawk
CV-V
Kairouan, Tunisia. c. 1943  Curtiss Kittyhawk
Tunisia. 
May 1943

FL341   P-40F-?-CU Mk.IIA ? Served with 3 Sqn, RAAF, Coded CV-E;
Flown by Wg Cdr H.F."Billy"Burton.
FL711   P-40K-5-CU Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF.
FL712   P-40K-5-CU Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
Transferred to 4 Sqn SAAF.
FL715 42-9771 P-40K-5-CU Mk.III ? Served with 3 Sqn RAAF;
Transferred to 5 Sqn SAAF.
D
BR when belly landed West of Ben Gardane  Aug 16, 1943 after engine failed.
FL717 42-9773 P-40K-5-CU Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
SOC 10/4/43.
FL720 42-9778 P-40K-5-CU Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF; Coded Q,
NFT 4/43.
FL721 42-9780 P-40K-5-CU Mk.III ? Served with 3 and 450 Sqns RAAF;
Transferred to 260 Sqn.
Crashed after pilot abandoned aircraft off Cape Bon May 8, 1943 following damage by Bf 109s
FL723 42-9784 P-40K-5-CU Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
SOC 31/5/44.
FL725 42-9788 P-40K-5-CU Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
SOC 8/3/44.
FL726 42-9790 P-40K-5-CU Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
SOC 29/3/45.
FL728 42-9794 P-40K-5-CU Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
SOC 8/3/44.
FL729 42-9796 P-40K-5-CU Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
26/3/43 at El Hama its engine cut out and stalled and the bombs exploded on impact, El Hamma
F/O Adrian John Blackburn (403210) killed.
FL854   P-40K-?-CU Mk.III ? Kittyhawk III 
FL8854/OK-.
450 Squadron, Libya, c.1943, 
 via Mike Mirkovic.
FL879   P-40K-?-CU Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
missing on ground attack mission 31/10/42.
FL881   P-40K-?-CU Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
SOC 8/3/44.
FL885 42-45773 P-40K-1-CU Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF; OK-◊,
SOC 22/2/45.
FL888   P-40M? Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
SOC 8/3/44.
FL893   P-40M? Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
SOC 30/4/44.
FL894   P-40M? Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
lost 22/1/43 NFD.
FL895   P-40M? Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
SOC 30/6/44.
FL902   P-40M? Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
Transferred to 5 Sqn SAAF.
FR135 42-9895 P-40K-5-CU Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF; OK-X,
SOC 29/03/1945

450 Sqd., P-40Ks, FR135-OK-X & FR252-OK-, Libya, c.1942.
Photo via Mike Mirkovic

FR242   P-40M Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
Frank Schaaf flying Kittyhawk III FR242/OK-. 
450 Squadron, Libya, c.1943, 
via Mike Mirkovic.
FR252   P-40M Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;

450 Sqd., P-40Ks, FR135-OK-X & FR252-OK-, Libya, c.1942.
Photo via Mike Mirkovic

FR303   P-40M Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
Kittyhawk III 
FG303/OK-Z.
450 Squadron, Libya, c.1943, 
 via Mike Mirkovic.
FR345   P-40M Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
Kittyhawk III 
FR345/OK-T
450 Squadron, Castel Benito, Libya, c.1943
via Mike Mirkovic.
FR476 42-10333 P-40K-15-CU Mk.III ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF; Coded OK-T,
Served with 3 Sqn RAAF; Coded CV-B,
06/04/1943 Struck Kittyhawk FR450 (Parked) at Ben Gardane - FR450 Written off,
SOC Feb 22, 1945
FS400 42-10519 P-40L-5-CU Mk.IIA ? Served with 3 Sqn RAAF; Coded CV-Y,
Transferred to French AF Mar 31, 1945
FS407 42-10552 P-40L-5-CU Mk.II ? Served with 3 Sqn RAAF; Coded CV-Z,
SOC 29/03/1945
FS413 42-9929 P-40K-5-CU Mk.III ? Served with 3 Sqn RAAF; Coded CV-J,
Flown by John Howell-Price
Wrecked when swung on landing and undercarriage collapsed, Ben Gargane Jul 16, 1943
FS420 42-9936 P-40K-10-CU Mk.III ? Served with 3 Sqn RAAF; Coded CV-L,
Flown by Flt Lt Jack Doyle,
SOC
Mar 29, 1945
FS433 42-10611 P-40L-5-CU Mk.II ? Served with 3 Sqn RAAF; Coded CV-K,
Flown by P/O Ken Richards,
SOC 29/03/1945
FS449 42-10611 P-40L-5-CU Mk.II ? Served with 3 Sqn RAAF; Coded CV-B,
Flown by P/O Arthur Dawkins,

Transferred to French Air Force, 31/03/1945
FS454 42-10634 P-40L-5-CU Mk.II ? Served with 3 Sqn RAAF; Coded CV-X,
Transferred to French Air Force, 31/03/1945
FS482 42-10776 P-40L-10-CU Mk.II ? Served with 3 Sqn RAAF; Coded CV-◊,
15/05/1944 Shot down by flak near San Benedetto.
FS490 42-10784 P-40L-10-CU Mk.II ? Served with 3 Sqn RAAF; Coded CV-V,
Flown by Sqn Ldr Brian Eaton, CO 3 Sqn,
Fate unknown.
FS482 42-10776 P-40L-10-CU Mk.II ? Served with 3 Sqn RAAF; Coded CV-◊,
15/05/1944 Shot down by flak near San Benedetto.
FT859   P-40N Mk.IV   Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
FT881   P-40N Mk.IV   Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
FT928   P-40N Mk.IV   Served with 450 Sqn RAAF

Kittyhawk Mark IV, 
FX529
450 Squadron, Cervia, Italy

FT930 P-40N Mk.IV Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
FT943   P-40N Mk.IV ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
Kittyhawk IV 
FT943/OK-R 'Kia-Ora'.
450 Squadron, Italy, June, 1944  
via Mike Mirkovic.
FX515   P-40N Mk.IV ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
Kittyhawk IV 
FX515/OK-K.
450 Squadron, Italy, May, 1944, 
 via Mike Mirkovic.
FX529   P-40N Mk.IV ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
FX540 42-105217? P-40N-5-CU? Mk.IV ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF; Coded OK-N,
FX568       ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
FX678       ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
FX683       ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
FX734       ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
FX749       ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;

Kittyhawk Mark IV, 
FX745 'OK-Y'
450 Squadron, Cervia, Italy

FX754 43-23630 P-40N-20-CU Mk.IV ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
01/11/1944 Crashed on landing at Perugia following an engine failure
FX768 43-23681 P-40N-20-CU Mk.IV ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
SOC 14/03/1946
FX786 43-23708 P-40N-20-CU Mk.IV ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
SOC 28/03/1946
FX809 43-23758 P-40N-20-CU Mk.IV ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
05/06/1945 Wrecked when swung on landing and undercarriage collapsed, Lavariano.
FX835 43-23933 P-40N-20-CU Mk.IV ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF; Coded OK-D,
31/03/1945 Crashed Gaudo after pilot bailed out following collision with Kittyhawk FX672 (43-22918)
FX846 43-23847 P-40N-20-CU Mk.IV ? Served with 450 Sqn RAAF;
SOC 14/03/1946
     

The Authors of this page are Brendan Cowan, Gordon Birkett & Gordon Clarke.

Sources: British Military Aircraft Serials 1911-1979 Bruce Robertson, 450 Sqn RAAF Association Website, www.joebaugher.com ,

Emails: Bob Livingston, Buz Busby, Steve Mackenzie.

Updated 28th September 2016

     

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