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No. 84 Squadron
|Pilot F/L Richard Mahlon Nielsen, 406113 (survived) Mount Lawley, WA
Ditched July 2, 1945
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Nu,ber 28813. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USSAAF) as P-40N-5-CU Warhawk Serial Number 42-105051. Disassembled and shipped overseas as part of defense aid to Australia.
During August 1943 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as P-40N Kittyhawk A29-462 and reassembled by 13 ARDRP. Next, assigned to No. 84 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On March 21, 1944 took off piloted by Sgt Bruce Arthur Oswald, 434650 and suffered a landing accident after landing at Livingstone Airfield (34 Mile) when it swung off the runway and hit a drain. Afterwards, repaired by 13 ARDRP and returned to the squadron. Next, assigned to 86 Squadron at Townsville on March 28, 1945.
On July 2, 1945 took off piloted by F/L Richard Mahlon Nielsen, 406113 on a dive bombing training mission and suffered an engine failure, causing it to ditch in shallow water off Rattlesnake Island with the pilot unhurt. On December 17, 1945 converted to components by 6 CRD on the beach and the rest of the wreckage was abandoned.
Some sources incorrectly list this aircraft as salvaged by Keith Hopper.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-40N-5-CU Warhawk 42-105051
"105051 to RAAF as A29-462 Aug 1943. Crashed Jul 1945, Rattlesnake Island, QLD. In 1995 was reported to be under restoration"
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-462
WW2 Nominal Roll - Bruce Arthur Oswald, 434650
WW2 Nominal Roll - Richard Mahlon Nielsen, 406113
Thanks to Keith Hopper for additional information
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June 30, 2020
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