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No. 75 Squadron
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Contract W535-AC34423. Project Number 41444. Constructors Number 33685. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40N-35-CU Warhawk serial number 44-7845. Disassembled and loaded as cargo aboard a ship at San Francisco and transported across the Pacific to Australia.
On November 1, 1944 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as P-40N Kittyhawk serial number A29-1373. Reassembled by 2 Air Depot (2 AD) at Richmond Airfield. On November 2, 1944 renumbered A29-1019. On January 18, 1945 assigned to No. 75 Squadron with code GA-E. No known nickname or nose art.
On June 28, 1945 took off from Morotai piloted by F/Sgt Stanley George Johnstone on a ferry flight to Tarakan Airfield. At 11:30am after landing and rolling 500 yards, the right landing gear leg collapsed causing the aircraft to crash with the pilot unhurt.
F/Sgt Johnstone reported:
"On the morning of the 28th June 1945, on arriving at Tarakan on travel flight from Morotai, I touched down on Croydon Strip tail down wheeler and ran approximately 500 yards when the starboard oleo leg collapsed. The time was approximately 1130".
On June 30, 1945 assigned to 11 Repair Salvage Squadron (11 RSU) and repaired to flying condition. On August 4, 1945 returned to No. 75 Squadron and three days later returned to 11 RSU. On September 13, 1945 returned to No. 75 Squadron.
On November 7, 1945 received by 6 Air Depot (6 AD). On March 22, 1946 placed into "category D" storage. On October 1, 1946 placed into "Category E" storage.
On November 19, 1946 authorized for write off and officially struck off charge at Oakey Airfield. Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-40N-35-CU Warhawk 44-7845
"7845 (MSN 33685) to RAAF as A29-1019. Delivered Nov 1944. Served with 75 Sqn"
ADF Serial - Kittyhawk A29-1019
WW2 Nominal Roll - Stanley George Johnstone, 118059
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information
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