P-40C 41-13390



It seems that this P-40C was initially built for the USAAC but was then purchased by the British along with nine
other P-40Cs to fill out an RAF order for Tomahawk IIBs. Subsequently supplied to the Russians, she arrived via
convoy at Murmansk in January 1942 and was issued to 147 IAP VVS. (later to become 20 GIAP, a Guards unit)
It was probably at this time that the tactical number '53' was applied in white to her fuselage.

Over the next several months she saw service on the Karelian Front in the defense of Murmansk, and was one of two
20 GIAP P-40s shot down on September 27th, 1942. Having been hit in the oil tank, the engine would have seized within
a couple of minutes, and this is undoubtedly what led her pilot, Major Ermakov, to belly her in south of Murmansk
where she lay for some fifty-one years before being discovered by satellite photography in 1993.


This Hawk is currently part of Paul Allen's Flying Heritage Collection.

Much more detailed information concerning 41-13390 can be found HERE.

You can view the entry for this P-40 in WRG's Warbird Registry HERE.



With Steve Hinton at the controls, 41-13390 flew for the first time in almost 56 years on September 2nd, 1998.


Joe Cupido photo



This is how 41-13390 looked in 1993 at Duxford...


Photo credit: unknown



...and post-restoration, in her early days with the FHC.


Al Sauer photo



Al Sauer photo

More of Al's photos can be seen on flickr.com



Matt Cawby spied 41-13390 at Boeing Field in September of 2005...


Matt Cawby photo


Matt Cawby photo


Matt Cawby photo



The FHC 'Fly Day' on May 22nd, 2010 featured 41-13390 and FHC's Spitfire VC.

More photos HERE...


Liz Matzelle photo



The FHC 'Fly Day' on June 9th, 2012 featured 41-13390 and FHC's newly restored Zeke.

More photos HERE...


Al Sauer photo




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