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  P-40N-1-CU Kittyhawk Serial Number NZ3125  
RNZAF
2 OTU

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Daniel Leahy 2014

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 28449. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40N-1-CU Warhawk serial number 42-104687. Disassembled and shipped overseas to New Zealand as part of defense aid.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Kittyhawk serial number NZ3155. On June 25, 1943 Reassembled at No.1 Aircraft Depot at Hobsonville Airfield. Assigned to 2 Operational Training Unit (2 OTU) at Ohakea Airfield.

Postwar
At the end of the Pacific War, this aircraft was stored outdoors at the Rukuhia disposal site near Hamilton Airfield. On March 2, 1949 sold to Mr. J. Larsen.

Later, acquired by Charles Darby. Later it was sold to Allan Arthur of Albury where it was initially restored, with final restoration to flying status by Pioneer Aero Restorations.

Today
Registered to Arthur Pipe & Steel Australia Pty Ltd of East Albury as VH-ZOC since September 21, 2006. Painted in the markings of RAF Kittyhawk Mark III serial number FR309 fuselage code GA-Q assigned to 112 Squadron in Italy piloted by Maurice Neville Mathias.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-40N-1-CU Warhawk 42-104687
"104687 (MSN 28449) to New Zealand as NZ3125. Assembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot, Hobsonville and BoC at Hobsonville on 25 June 1943. To No.2 OTU, Ohakea. Sold to J. Larsen from Rukuhia on 2 March 1948. Registered Apr 6, 1996 as ZK-ZOC. Airworthy. Registered Sep 21, 2006 to Arthur Pipe & Steel Australia P/L as VH-ZOC"
ADF Serials Kittyhawk NZ3125
Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) - VH-ZOC
Pioneer Aero - P-40N-1 Kittyhawk NZ3125
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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March 20, 2020

 

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