Great find and a great article

Found by Steve W Oatway.

Not the plane, the article…

Some time in 1942, a lone Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk bearing the 260 Squadron “HS” squadron code and the aircraft letter “B” settled down over a wide and remote expanse of North African sand desert called Al Wadi al Jadid. Perhaps low on fuel, perhaps lost, or with mechanical problems, the RAF pilot chose to land in the vast North African Sahara. He extended his landing gear, flared low over the sand and settled onto it. The gear snapped off, the desert camouflaged P-40 collapsed onto its belly and slid for a hundred meters or more shedding its radiators and propeller hub.

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One thought on “Great find and a great article

  1. Amazing, isn’t it. By the way, I was an AC-2 on a Station at Masterton, in New Zealand, while waiting to go into pilot training. We were helpers for Airmen who returned to NZ from flying Brewster Buffalos at Guadalcanal and were learning to fly the Kittyhawks that we had at the station. A number of them were killed in crashes in and around Masterton before I left there to go to ground school at Rotorua. You can imagine how we looked up to them as HEROES.

    Richard Perry.

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