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No. 75 Squadron
|Pilot F/O Desmond Haight Harrison, 405734 (survived) Brisbane, QLD
Force Landed November 15, 1945
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Assigned U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) serial number 42-105708. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.
During September 1943, assigned to the Royal Australia Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk A29-527. Reassembled by 13 ARDRP. On November 11, 1943 assigned to 75 Squadron, no known nickname or nose art. On June 8, 1944 transfered to 11 RSU for an engine change and 240 hour maintenance, then returned to 80 squadron on July 27, 1944.
On October 7, 1944 this P-40 was hit by anti-aircraft fire and afterwards repaired by 22 RSU. Afterwards, assigned to 82 Squadron, then to 80 Squadron, and March 4, 1945 to 11 RSU, then to 14 RSU for the rest of the war. On November 5, 1945 assigned to 60 OBU.
On November 15, 1945 took off from Tadji Airfield and suffered a midair collision with P-40N Kittyhawk A29-1210 (A29-1462) on the landing approach for Tadji Airfield. This P-40 force landed in a swamp roughly two miles northeast of Tadji Airfield. Pilot Harrison was uninjured. On December 7, 1945 this aircraft was officially stricken.
ADF Serials - Kittyhawk A29-527
WW2 Nominal Roll - Desmond Haigh Harrison
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 44 (lower left)
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March 19, 2021
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