P-40N-1-CU 42-104730
RAAF A29-448

This Hawk was delivered to the RAAF in August of 1943, seeing service primarily with 75 Squadron.
On May 1st, 1944 the ship was issued to 78 Squadron, having been repaired after a landing accident
in early April. Three days later A29-448 bellied in at Tadji Airstrip after experiencing hydraulic
and electrical failures, and was eventually written off the following October.

Information concerning A29-448's post-war history will be forthcoming. However, I'd like to address
the curious case of this Hawk's dual-identity. As you may or may not have noticed, the restored aircraft
carries the serial A29-448 on the port side, along with the squadron code and aircraft ID letter, GA-C...
but on the starboard side there are no codes, only the serial A29-1050. While A29-448 is a valid serial
for a P-40N-1, A29-1050 is a code assigned to a P-40N-35... serial number 44-7884 to be exact. How this
dual-identity came about seems to be a mystery, as all references I have come across offer no explanation.
If anyone has information concerning this, please contact the webmaster.

Classic Fighters 2007

More photos of A29-448 from this event can be seen HERE...

A.R. Jenks photo

RNZAF Ohakea Open Day 2008

A.R. Jenks photo

More photos of and/or information about this P-40 can be found on the following page:


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