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|Pilot 1st Lt Kenneth W. Sprankle, O-22823 18th PG, 6th PS (KIA) IN
Crashed January 24, 1942
During October 1941, this P-40 made a wheels up landing at Wheeler Field. Afterwards, transported to a hanger and placed under repair. On December 7, 1941 during the Japanese attack on Oahu, this aircraft survived undamaged. Afterwards, repairs were completed and the plane returned to flying status.
Additional restoration was completed by Planes of Fame / The Fighter Rebuilders. Registration G-CDWH canceled Jan 2, 2007 and registered in the United States as N80FR temporarily for test flights, completed on April 17, 2007. Painted in U. S. Army markings with fuselage code 284.
During July 2007 arrived at The Fighter Collection and registered again as G-CDWH.
During December 2013, purchased for "several million dollars" by an anonymous sponsor for Collings Foundation / Robert Collings. This P-40 was disassembled and shipped from the United Kingdom to the United States. As of late August 2014, this P-40 arrived at American Aero Services for reassembly and flight testing.
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