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P-40E New Zealand 2 by WS-Clave P-40E New Zealand 2 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 2 OTU RNZAF circa 1943.
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diversdream Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
NZ3029 - RNZAF

Original Construction Number 19954
USAAF S/N 41-36121

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 16 RNZAF Sqd again for training but only briefly main service was with the OTU from late 1942 onwards).

Uneventful service life with the OTU where it flew marked as
Put into long term stroage in 1945-46 and then Sold to Mr J Larsen from Rukuhia (NZ) on 02 March 1948.
Final Fate Unknown.

some picks and info that may be of interest can be found here -


WS-Clave Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Changes made according to information.
diversdream Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
no worries happy to be of help, hope i didn't come across as a smart a-- or something just figured when its something like this and the arts this good its a shame of its doesn't all match up.

thanks again

did you fix up the 617 Lanc one as well?
that one was way cool..
(Dambusters one)
WS-Clave Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Still catching up lol
diversdream Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
no probs

not sure if your a reader but if you are track this book down i am reading it right now and all i can say is i never realised how bad a SNAFU Malaya was.
Its also interesting to note that they had warning after warning yet ignored all the signs time after time..

The book is called The Bridge at Parit Sulong - an Investigation into Mass Murder Malaya 1942 and its written by Lynette Ramsay Silver OAM.
It covers everything from pre war through to mass murder of a group of Australian and Indian Troops that were wounded and left behind in the retreat.

over 400 pages so its oozing details.

one thing i learned in this book and never knew was that the first people killed in the war BEOFRE pearl hbr due to the international date line were a aircrew from a 205 RAF Sqd (Catalina) (1 RAF and 1 RAAF only pilots on board),which was shot down by 4 Zeros (F/L Robert West RAF and Sgt Colin Treloar RAAF (Observer)) - both were the first casualties of the war in the pacific from any combatant.

They were shot down over the gulf of siam while attempting to shadow the Japanese Invasion Convoy in the morning hours of 7 Dec 1941.
The first to be killed in the actual invasion were also Australian in this case RAAF Airmen flying Hudson Operations over the Invasion beeches,
shot down by AA and crashed while on their bomb rub at low level into a Japanese Troop Barge landing troops at 0218 8 Dec 1941 near Singora (Thiland).
All 4 were RAAF belonging to 1 RAAF Sqd and piloted by F/L John Jones RAAF.

The actions by the Ground Forces esp during the period of the Battle for Muar are also the stuff of legend, with both the AIF and the Indian Army Forces fighting with distinction as did some of the UK forces esp the Highland Regts - while other UK units were at best woeful and some Indian Units broke and ran - esp those that had been in country less then 2 weeks before the attack..

its worth a read mate..
Sniper325 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Pro (Y)
Do you have any with RCAF markings?
WS-Clave Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Not yet, but I will look into it...
Sniper325 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok thanx
Do you do any military ground vehicles?
WS-Clave Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
I have done a couple of tanks, just hit the Gallery button and scroll down :)
Sniper325 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I couldn't find any.
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