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Curtiss P-40B Warhawk - 41-13297
 

P-40B Warhawk G-CDHW of the Fighter Collection at Duxford is one of 131 P-40B's  that were ordered by the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) in September 1940. Production was started in Januari 1941 at the Curtiss plant in Buffalo, New York. In March of 1941, P-40B with c/n 16073 was delivered to the USAAC with serial 41-13297.

After delivery she was assigned to the 6th Persuit Squadron of the 18th Pursuit Group, based at Oahu, Hawaii. In October 1941, she had  an accident resulting in a wheels-up landing. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour on December 7, 1941 she was probably saved because she was in a maintenance hangar for repairs.

On January 24, 1942, only nine months in service, she was unfortunately lost while on patrol after the pilot failed to recover from a spin. The airframe was not severely damaged as it would turn out in 1985 when she was found and her first parts recovered. In 1989 a second recovery mission was made to collect the rest of the airframe.
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In 1989 the Curtis Wright Historical Association started the restoration under "Project Tomahawk" in Torrance, California. For the restoration parts from two other P-40B's where used, namely  39-285 that also crashed ion Hawaii in 1941and 39-287, that was lost on October 24, 1941 whilst encountering severe weather over the Sierra Nevada, flying from March Field to Sacramento, California.

Her fuselage was completed in 2001 and it would take almost 6 more years before she made her first flight out of Chino on January 12, 2007 where she was finished to airworthy status. She arrived with the Fighter Collection at Duxford in 2008 and as she was just too late to have a permit to fly on the Flying Legends 2008. She was shown for the first time in public during one of the Duxford Airshows later in the same year.

She is the only airworthy P-40B in the world that actually survived the Pearl Harbour attacks in December 1941.

 

Curtiss P-40B Warhawk
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Curtiss P-40B Warhawk - G-CDWH - Fighter Collection, The - United Kingdom   Curtiss P-40B Warhawk - G-CDWH - Fighter Collection, The - United Kingdom  
 
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