Kittyhawk I AK933
RCAF Serial 1057

This P-40 was built as a Kittyhawk I for the RAF. It was purchased by the British Purchasing Commission
and did not fall under any Lend-Lease agreement and therefore did not receive a US Army serial number.
It was allocated the RAF serial AK933 but was handed over to the RCAF and given the RCAF serial 1057.

After the war scores of RCAF aircraft were auctioned off, including a number of Kittyhawks. This
particular ship was apparently auctioned to a Canadian farmer, then changed hands a couple times before
its wings were given to George Maude for his former RCAF Kittyhawk I AK803.

After another change of hands and receiving replacement wings from a P-40F, supplied by George
Maude, AK933 finally came into the possession of John R. Paul of Alamo, CA in the mid 1960s.

Paul restored the Hawk to flying condition, with the first flight taking place in 1970. She was finished
in the same basic markings she wears today; RAF desert camo with a 112 Squadron-inspired sharkmouth,
code letters SU-E, (Mrs. Paul's name is Sue, I believe) and a stunning golden-tanned blonde pin-up on
both sides of the rudder, with the name 'Sneak Attack!'.

In 1984 AK933 was leased to the Old Flying Machine Co. in Duxford, England, being returned to Paul, who
had since relocated to Idaho, in 1989. In 2000, AK933 participated in the filming of the film 'Pearl Harbor',
receiving an 'OD over gray' paint job. Although she was repainted as 'SU-E' afterward, the pin-up and name
'Sneak Attack' were not re-applied to the rudder.


More specific information about this airframe can be found on the following page:

P-40E/AK933




Photographer Unknown




Neal Nurmi photo


Neal Nurmi photo


Neal Nurmi photo



This photo of Ray Hanna flying AK933 in 1984 was taken by Peter Arnold.

Check out the AirWar '74 page for more of Peter's photos...



Peter Arnold photo




Photographer Unknown




Photographer Unknown




Photographer Unknown


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