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P-40E New Zealand 1 by WS-Clave P-40E New Zealand 1 by WS-Clave
The Curtiss Kittyhawk or P-40E served with a wide number of Air Forces during WW2. It was developed from the earlier Tomahawk, but never achieved the status of other allied fighters of the era.

The P-40E was used by the USAAC, and was known as the Kittyhawk 1A by other forces including the RAF, RAAF, RCAF, RNZAF, and Soviet Union

It was armed with 6 x 12.7mm machine guns and could also carry bombs on underwing hardpoints.

This example is a Kittyhawk 1A of 14 Squadron RNZAF circa 1942.
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:icondiversdream:
FYI re nose markings
no one seems to know why it was called that but its taken from the Zulu Warrior in H Rider Haggards Allen Quatermain Novels which were extremely popular pre war throughout the world but esp in the Commonwealth and Empire Countries of the UK.
The aircraft was marked B at the request of the Sqd Co Boy Brooker - "B" it was also flown by other pilots with 14 RNZAF Sqd as was the norm in this time.

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:icondiversdream:
RNZAF NZ3008 -

P-40 E
Original Construction Number 19668
USAAF S/N 4125117
RAF S/N ET481

Shipped to NZ via USA and UK in Crate and assembled then issued to 2 RNZAF OTU at Ohakea (NZ).
Saw no Air Combat use only used for Training Purposes.
(posib use by 14 RNZAF Sqd again for training but only briefly main service was with the OTU from late 1942 onwards.
With 14 RNZAF sqd was personal Aircraft of Sqd Commander S/L 'Boy' Brooker RNZAF in early 1942).

Damaged during landing collision with another RNZAF Kittyhawk NZ3041 at RNZAF Ohakea on 05 October 1943.

Written off at RNZAF Ohakea and then converted to instructional airframe with number INST89 with RNZAF TTS, at RNZAF Nelson (Technical Training School).
Converted to 'produce' after being SOC for good on 13 April 1945 and sold to a local farmer as a chicken coop!

check out this link and you will find some details on RNZAF Kittyhawk Markings with 2 very nice picks of this Airframe on it.

[link]

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:iconws-clave:
Corrected according to best information available.
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:icondiversdream:
thanks again for the accuracy and added effort this all entailed - s
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:iconvitezaucide:
That red dot under the cockpit, i`ve seen on a P-51 model aswell, is it the fuel hatch or something?
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