Curtiss P40 Kittyhawk


1/32 Hasegawa P-40N A29-915 of 82 Squadron RAAF


by Andrew Doppel

 

Serial No
A29-915 (FA-Y/FA-Diamond)
A/C type
P40-N-30 (build No. 44-7292)
Based at
82 Squadron (RAAF), Noemfoor Island (circa 1944-45)
Scheme Olive drab with sky grey undersides
History/Significance
FA-Y was the personal mount of Squadron Leader Bertus Augustus 'Mick' Grace DFC (of Grace Bros. fame) the then CO of 82 Squadron.  Upon his return to Australia to run the family business the aircraft was handed over to Squadron Leader Frank 'Dick' Schaaf DFC who changed the coding to suit him FA-<> and added the 'Snifter' nose art which represents Snifter urinating on the Axis forces.  Snifter was represented on one of his previous P-40 aircraft whilst with 450 Squadron. On 12/8/45 Schaaf led four Kittyhawks on a 900 mile operation to Kuching where they destroyed three Tojos on the ground.  Approximately one month later the first Mustangs arrived at the Squadron and this aircraft was ferried back to Australia but crashed in poor weather outside Rockhampton killing the pilot.  This aircraft has now been recovered and is under going restoration in Rocky and will have the two markings applied when finished to represent Grace and Schaaf as this model is.
Kit
1/32 Hasegawa P-40N '15,000 Anniversary' (OOB) with stenciled codes, diamond, and chequers.  Roundels and serial numbers from Aussie Decals
Reference
Peter Malone, Geoff Eastman, AWM

 


 


 

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