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Curtiss Tomahawk

Source: Harold A Skaarup Web Page (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3224107)
RCAF Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawks in formation over the West Coast, 11 Nov 1942

The Curtiss P-40 (known as the Warhawk in the USA) is single-engined, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground-attack aircraft that first flew in 1938.  The British Commonwealth air forces including the RCAF, and the Soviet air forces used the name Tomahawk for models equivalent to the P-40B and P-40C, and the name Kittyhawk for models equivalent to the P-40D and all later variants.  The P-40 was in frontline service until the end of the Second World War.  It was the third most-produced American fighter of the war after the P-51 and P-47, with 13,738 being built in Buffalo, New York.  Based on war-time victory claims, over 200 Allied fighter pilots from 7 different nations (Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, South Africa, the Soviet Union and the United States) became aces flying the P-40.  A total of 13 RCAF units operated the Kittyhawk in the North West European or Alaskan theatres.

In mid-May 1940, Canadian and US officers watched comparative tests of a XP-40 and a Spitfire, at RCAF Station Uplands, Ottawa, Ontario.  While the Spitfire was considered to have performed better, it was not available for use in Canada and the P-40 was ordered to meet home air defense requirements.  In all, eight Home War Establishment Squadrons were equipped with the Kittyhawk: 72 Kittyhawk Mk. I, 12 Kittyhawk Mk. Ia, 15 Kittyhawk Mk. III and 35 Kittyhawk Mk. IV aircraft, for a total of 134 aircraft.  These aircraft were mostly diverted from RAF Lend-Lease orders for service in Canada.  The Kittyhawks were obtained in lieu of 144 Bell P-39 Airacobras originally allocated to Canada but reassigned to the RAF. Harold A Skaarup Web Page

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CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (4), Canadian Aircraft Losses (11)
last update: 2021-09-14 17:45:33

Tomahawk A314

s/n
 A314
inst
 A 314
c/n
 14498

Known Squadron Assignments:

No previous RCAF history. Ex RAF AH793. Damaged while being shipped from the UK to West Africa, diverted to the US, and eventually passed to the RCAF. Used by No. 1 Technical Training School at Aylmer, Ontario. "Residue" retained in a whole state after strike off, pending disposal to War Assets Corporation. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-September-10 Taken on Strength No. 1 Training Command 2019-08-20
   1943-September-10 Classified Instructional CA A 314 2020-06-16
   1946-May-09 Struck off Strength Struck off at Aylmer 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 485

Tomahawk A315

s/n
 A315
inst
 A 315
c/n
 14545

Known Squadron Assignments:

No previous RCAF history. Ex RAF AH840. Damaged while being shipped from the UK to West Africa, diverted to the US, and eventually passed to the RCAF. Used by No. 1 Technical Training School at Aylmer, Ontario. "Residue" retained in a whole state after strike off, pending disposal to War Assets Corporation. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-September-10 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1943-September-10 Classified Instructional CA A 315 2020-06-16
   1946-March-30 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 485

Tomahawk A316

s/n
 A316
inst
 A 316
c/n
 14479

Known Squadron Assignments:

No previous RCAF history. Ex RAF AH774. Damaged while being shipped from the UK to West Africa, diverted to the US, and eventually passed to the RCAF. Used by No. 1 Technical Training School at Aylmer, Ontario. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-September-10 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1943-September-10 Classified Instructional CA A 316 2020-06-16
   1946-September-26 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 486

Tomahawk A317

s/n
 A317
inst
 A 317
c/n
 14188

Known Squadron Assignments:

No previous RCAF history. Ex RAF AH938. Damaged while being shipped from the UK to West Africa, diverted to the US, and eventually passed to the RCAF. Used by No. 1 Technical Training School at Aylmer, Ontario. "Residue" retained in a whole state after strike off, pending disposal to War Assets Corporation. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-September-10 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1943-September-10 Classified Instructional CA A 317 2020-06-16
   1946-March-30 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 486

Tomahawk AH747

s/n
 AH747

Known Squadron Assignments: ;400

With No. 400 Squadron, RCAF when it was destroyed on 8 February 1942 in a mid-air with Tiger Moth R4952 at Odiham. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-February-08 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Douglas Granville Morris 2021-08-16

Tomahawk AH810

s/n
 AH810

Known Squadron Assignments: ;400

With No. 400 Squadron, RCAF when written off on 22 May 1941. Crashed near Gower Peninsula, Glamorgan. Stalled during an attempted forced landing. Flight Lieutenant W.A. Rider killed, was en route to Wales to take part in enquirey into death of a 400 Squadron pilot a few days earlier, while on loan to 225 Squadron, RAF. last update: 2024-February-19
1941-May-22 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant William Albert Rider 2021-08-08

Tomahawk AH818

s/n
 AH818

Known Squadron Assignments: ;400

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-06 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer William Thompson Moyer 2021-08-16

Tomahawk AH865

s/n
 AH865

Known Squadron Assignments: ;400

Used by No. 403 (F) Squadron, RCAF, from March to June 1941, flying training missions from Baginton, UK. last update: 2024-February-19
1941-December-13 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Harold Fraser English 2021-08-06
1941-December-13 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer George Charles Henry Jackson 2021-08-11

Tomahawk AH889

s/n
 AH889

Known Squadron Assignments: ;400

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-May-25 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Francis William Graham Faunt 2022-08-06

Tomahawk AH902

s/n
 AH902

Known Squadron Assignments: ;414

Used by No. 414 (F) Squadron, RCAF, from September 1941, flying training missions from Croyden, UK. last update: 2024-February-19
   1941-November-21 Accident Crash Crashed, P/O G. M. Dunaway, RCAF, was killed. 2019-08-20
1941-November-21 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer George Mason Dunaway 2022-07-16

Tomahawk AH919

s/n
 AH919

Known Squadron Assignments: ;41

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-December-12 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer John Hunter Murchie 2021-08-16

Tomahawk AK416

s/n
 AK416

Known Squadron Assignments: ;250

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-September-27 KIA RAF Pilot Officer Stanley Anton Wells 2021-07-09

Tomahawk AK530

s/n
 AK530

Known Squadron Assignments: ;250

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-November-23 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Moir Palethorpe 2021-08-18

Tomahawk AM454

s/n
 AM454

Known Squadron Assignments: ;1

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Arthur Milton Rowe 2023-09-06

Tomahawk AN344

s/n
 AN344

Known Squadron Assignments: ;250

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-December-11 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Malcolm Allen Canty 2023-12-23

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