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No. 75 Squadron
|Pilot F/O P. Scandratt (WIA, survived)
Crashed April 17, 1942
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
During March 1942, delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk serial number A29-12. Assigned to 1 Air Depot (1 AD). On March 8, 1942 assigned to No. 75 Squadron with fuselage code T. No known nickname or nose art.
On March 28, 1942 at 1:10pm took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by F/O J. W. Piper with P-40E A29-5 pilot Sgt Ronald S. Bailey to intercept a large formation of Japanese aircraft approaching. During the air combat, P-40E A29-5 was shot down. This P-40 returned with battle damage including bullet holes in the main plane and fuselage tanks from air combat with A6M2 Zeros. Afterwards, repaired and returned to duty by April 7, 1942.
On April 17, 1942 during take off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by F/O P. Scandratt blacked out and was injured suffering a concussion and back injuries. During the crash, this P-40 was considerably damaged and was written off.
After the crash, parts from this P-40 were salvaged by 3 Air Depot (3 AD) including engine parts, instruments and .50 caliber machine guns. Officially written off on April 30, 1942.
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-12
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April 16, 2021
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