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  P-40E-1 Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-1 Tail Code 1

Former Assignments
5th AF
49th FG
7th FS

75 Squadron
5 AD

Pilot  Sgt Maxwell Robert Walker, 417682 (KIA, BR) Burra, SA
Crashed  August 5, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army as serial number 41-24860. Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number ET184. Disassembled and shipped overseas to and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 7th Fighter Squadron until early 1942.

On March 6, 1942 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) at Bankstown Airfield.

On March 7, 1942 the aircraft took off from Bankstown Airfield on a ferry flight to Townsville to join 75 Squadron but crashed at 4:30pm near Kempsey, NSW, killing the pilot, P/O Lloyd Henry Holliday, 411786.

On May 22, 1942 it was sent to 5 Aircraft Depot (AD) for repairs and then assigned to 2 Operational Training Unit (OTU) at Mildura Airfield on October 20, 1942.

On December 1, 1942 it was involved in another accident damaging the wing tip, landing gear and propeller. On January 14, 1943 it was involved in yet another landing accident when the starboard landing gear collapse. Again on March 19, 1943 it was involved in another landing accident.

Mission History
On August 5, 1943 took off piloted by Walker on a night mission flying night circuits and landings. After take off, a fire was observed four miles southwest of Mildura Airfield. Pilot Walker was killed in the crash.

Some wreckage can still be found at the crash site.

Holliday killed piloting Kittyhawk A29-1 on March 7, 1942 was buried at the Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium at C. of E. Sec. K6. Grave 6. (GMR/2).

Walker killed piloting Kittyhawk A29-1 on August 5, 1943 was buried at Mildura Cemetery (Plot C, Row A, Grave 5).

CWGC - Lloyd Henry Holliday
CWGC - Maxwell Robert Walker
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-1
RAAFDB - Kittyhawk A29-1
RAAFDB - Lloyd Henry Holliday
RAAFDB - Maxwell Robert Walker
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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