Speculation: That top picture from the Bill Edhouses collection shows a N-1. There appears to be a number under the exhaust stack and using reversed imaging it seems to be 696. Anyone ever seen this type of marking on a P-40 before? Is it a 'last 3' from the USAAF serial or c/n?
If it is the USAAF serial then it comes back to NZ3133 (42-104696)
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 22, 2011 0:26:29 GMT 12
Craig, the pilot in the photo is Sqn Ldr John Ronald Day MBE, DFC, AE. Service No. NZ1292. He served as an instructor for the first two and a half years of the war and then went on to fight in P-40's with No. 16 Squadron, credited with one Japanese aircraft. Then he was made a test pilot for newly assembled aircraft. Afetr the war he flew Mustangs with No. 4 (TAF) Squadron. He served in the RNZAF and TAF from 1939-1956. It mat well be the same chap who flew the record breaking flight.
Tony, the number chalked onto the cowl is upside-down (probably chalked on whilst on the work bench or off the aircraft at least) and is 267. I assume the aircraft is NZ3267, a P-40N.
I note on the tail of the aircraft beside it you can clearly see the US-style camo on the rudder where it has blotches on the edge to break up the outline. You don't often see that on RNZAF P-40's.
NZ3267 is a N-20. The one in the photograph is a N-1 (without the cutdown rear). I noticed the camo style on the rudder as well and wondered when (and if) the P-40's were supplied to NZ with the Star and Bar - or were the painted with roundels before we received them.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 22, 2011 14:31:33 GMT 12
I think all of ours came from British orders with the roundels, apart from the P-40E and P-40K aircraft picked up by No. 15 Squadron in Tonga. I wonder if the rudder was changed in the islands and this is from American stores or off a wreck.
Roundels and other particular markings would have been applied here in N.Z by the various servicing units.
P40 E's arrived with Roundels in place already, my understanding is that, the British MAP (Min. Aircraft Production) ordered aircraft were painted not only in US Equivalent Camo paints but markings as well.
I enquired some months ago about RNZAF P 40's and the paint schemes, Barf from the RNZAF Museum mentioned that the roundels on the E's were US DuPont Insignia colours.