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RAAF April 25, 1944
Pioneer Aero 2002
|Former Pilot F/Sgt James Denman Harvey, 418408 (survived) Preston, VIC
Crashed April 25, 1944
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York in the middle of 1943 as the second to last P-40N-1 built. Constructors Number 399. Assigned U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40N-1-CU Warhawk serial number 42-104827. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia as part of a shipment of 400 P-40N-1s under lend lease.
During July 1943, assigned to the Royal Australia Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk serial number A29-414. Reassembled by 2 Air Depot (2 AD). On March 8, 1943 assigned to 78 Squadron with code HU-Z. Nicknamed "Come In Suckers" on the lower cowling, with the nose art of a woman painted during January or February 1944. On April 11, 1944 it returned to squadron after an engine change by 11 Repair Salvage Unit (11 RSU).
On April 25, 1944 took off piloted by F/Sgt James D. Harvey on a mission. While landing at Tadji Airfield, the left undercarriage collapsed, causing the P-40 to stand on its nose, flip over and burst into flames. Harvey managed to escape uninjured. The crash was witnessed by Arch Simpson, who was airborne in the landing pattern waiting to land. Afterwards, the aircraft was pushed off the side of the runway. On June 26, 1944 it was converted to components and stricken off charge and abandoned.
Until 2001, the wreckage of this aircraft remained in situ at Tadji Airfield.
During 2001, salvaged by Robert Greinert / HARS and exported to Australia. Later, the wreckage was sold to Garth Hogan / Pioneer Aero and shipped to New Zealand.
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