Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 29675. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 7th Fighter Squadron. Assigned to pilot Lt. Robert Warren. No known nickname or nose art. This P-40 was abandoned at Iron Range Airfield.
Until 1973, this P-40 remained in situ at Iron Range Airfield.
During 1973-1974, the forward fuselage and wings were salvaged
by Monty Armstrong. During the 2000s, this P-40 was under restoration by Murry Griffith / Precision Aerospace.
"Retrieved from Iron
Range in north Queensland. A well-known Australian aircraft
that was purchased in Australia and exported to New Zealand with
approval of the Australian authorities."
Jason Van Der Graff adds:
"I have noticed Murray [Griffith / Precision Aerospace] has painted
his P-40N in the incorrect paint scheme. Apparently Robert Warren is flying
over soon to see his old bird. Its interesting that no original WW2
photo's have been published with the restoration articles. The
49th FG it was well known that both the pilot and crew chief chose
their own nose art for their side of the cowling. The pilot had the
left side and the crew chief had the right side."
Thanks to Charles
Darby and Jason Van Der Graff for additional information.
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October 23, 2019