Kittyhawk I AK940
RCAF Serial 1058
This P-40 was built as a Kittyhawk I for the British. As it was purchased by the British Purchasing Commission,
it did not fall under any Lend-Lease agreement and therefore did not receive a US Army serial number. It was
assigned the RAF serial AK940 but was then handed over to Canada and given the RCAF serial 1058. This Hawk
111(F) Squadron in Alaska and with
133(F) Squadron, flying air defense patrols. The aircraft was
struck off charge in August of 1946 and put up for sale, like so many other RCAF Kittyhawks.
AK940 (LZ-E) is seen here with AK905 (LZ-D) and AL194 (LZ-V)
while on patrol in Alaska during 1942.
Project 914 Archives (S. Donacik collection) -
After being kicked around for a couple decades AK940 was restored and flown for many years by William 'Doc' Anderson
as part of the original National Warplane Museum in Geneseo, NY and later as part of the Historical Aircraft Group.
In 1995 AK940 was damaged in a forced landing due to engine failure and was acquired by Dick Thurman. She spent some
time out in Chino before being shipped to New Zealand where restoration work was begun by Avspecs Limited and Pioneer
Aero Restorations. During this time, ownership of AK940 went to Tony Banta who now flies her out of Livermore, CA.
AK940 was modified to accommodate a second seat which I initially found to be quite disappointing. However, a fella
who works with Mr. Banta has informed me that the modifications were not so drastic as I had thought and this has
been confirmed by Andy Hosking of Avspecs Limited,who made the 2-seat mod to the ship. I'm still not crazy about
the idea that AK940 is no longer as original as she once was, but then I suppose few warbirds these days really are...
Anyhoo, as may be evident, I have a special affinity for this particular Hawk, having seen her displayed and flown
at many airshows as well as making numerous visits to the hangar in Geneseo. I was able to become quite familiar with
AK940 and I miss her a bunch. I hope someday to be able to get out West to see her at least once more...
The following three photos were taken by my Dad at the 1984 Hamilton airshow.
Here's one happy kid!!
This was the beginning of my 'love affair' with AK940...
This shot was taken by my Dad at Geneseo in 1984, after Doc painted the spinner red.
More photos HERE...
The following photo was taken by yours truly at Genny in 1988...
Looking at that shot with the 'ole Hawk kickin' up the dust...
It's like going back in time...
AK940 appeared on the cover of the March/April 1989 ish of 'Warbirds International', and
was the subject of an accompanying feature article written by the late Jeff Ethell.
Sometime in the future I hope to be able to present the article here, in its entirety.
Until then, here are three images from that rag, including the cover and centerfold...
More photos of AK940 as she appears today as part of Tony Banta's collection
can be seen on
page two of this feature...
You can view the entry for this P-40 in WRG's Warbird Registry
Back to 'Survivors'