WW2 Kittyhawk aircraft discovered in the Western desert after 70 years.
P-40 Kittyhawk fighter aircraft that crashed in 1942 was found in excellent preserved state recently. The discovery was made in a remote part of Egypt's western desert.
Edit: New article:
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The ID still speculation:
Quoted from 12 'O Clock high forum:
"Originally Posted by Doug Norrie
In photo 10 of the picasaweb series of pictures it clearly shows the ref. H-87A-3 stamped in the wing and a part no. starting with 87....which would in indicate it was one of 540 Kittyhawks produced with the a/c serials in my previous thread. According to 'Curtiss Fighter Aircraft 1917-1948' by Francis Dean and Dan Hagedorn, page 294, the 540 aircraft were bought by the British government in Contract A-1835 commencing with AK591, before Lend Lease took effect.
The pipe type exhausts indicate an early model Kittyhawk, Mk I or IA.
Looking through my Air Britain serials book (through the 540 a/c), assuming it is a 260 Sqd a/c, I could see only two possibles that could be considered:
AL134 lost on 7.9.1942
AK693 lost on 16.5.1942
If someone could check the 260 Sqd RAF ORB there may be some clues from the above dates."
"Photos 16 and 19 show faint signs of HS in front of roundel. This would make
it a 260 Sqd RAF aircraft.
Photo 10 shows it as H-87A3 - a P-40E model or Kittyhawk I (RAF
equivalent). RAF Serials (AK591 to AK999) and (AL100 to AL230) a 3 wing gun model. RAF Cam Scheme only. Users: RAF (Desert)."
"There is some speculation online that this might be Kittyhawk Ia (ET574) flown by F/Sgt Dennis Copping of 260 Sqn, RAF who went missing on 28 June 1942 during a ferry flight possibly due to a navigational error. I suppose that time will tell if this is correct or not."