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No. 76 Squadron
No. 75 Squadron
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. C. W. Number 667. Constructors Number 16639. Delivered to the U. S. Army, serial number 41-5647. Disassembled and shipped to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group (49th FG), 9th Fighter Squadron (9th FS) "The Flying Knights". Assigned to Lt. John D. Landers. Nicknamed "Skeeter" on the left side of the nose in block letters painted in white with the nose art was a duck figure holding a machine gun painted on the left side of the nose and a eagle motif on the fuselage forward of the U. S. star insignia. During early 1942, this P-40 operated from Livingstone Airfield (34 Mile) near Darwin.
On April 4, 1942 pilot Lt. John D. Landers took off to intercept G4M1 Betty bombers attacking Darwin. At high altitude, shot down G4M1 Betty Tail T-361 over the Cox Peninsula.
During September 1942, assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), as Kittyhawk A29-159. Assigned to 12 RSU then allocated to 76 Squadron but instead on October 17, 1942 assigned to No. 75 Squadron with code C. Nicknamed "Skeeter" on the left cowl below the exhaust.
Modified by 10 RSU with a glycol system, then on October 14, 1943 assigned to 82 Squadron for several days then to 2 OTU on July 28, 1944. and stored by 1 CRD on August 7, 1945.
This P-40 was used as a target on Weribee bombing range. During April 1948 destroyed as a target.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-40E Warhawk 41-5647
"5647 (CW-667, MSN 16639) to RAAF as A29-159 Sep 1942. WFU Aug 7, 1945. Destroyed at Weribee bombing range Apr 1948"
Protect & Avenge (1995) pages 60-61 (photo)
ADF Serials - A29-159
Thanks to Bob Alford for additional information
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