Curtiss P-40L 'Warhawk'

  Base model:P-40
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1947
  Basic role:Pursuit

  Length: 33' 4" 10.1 m
  Wingspan: 37' 4" 11.3 m

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Packard V-1650-1
  Horsepower (each): 1300

  Max Speed: 364 mph 586 km/h 316 kt

Known serial numbers
42-10430 / 42-10479, 42-10480 / 42-10699, 42-10700 / 42-10847, 42-10848 / 42-10959, 42-10960 / 42-11129 , 42-11130 / 42-11676 , 42-14237 / 42-14296


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 Sharon Bennett
 Richardson, TX
Here's another serial# I didn't see listed on the page.
Info is about my great-uncle:

Date 25 Feb 43
Serial# 42-10534
A/C Type Curtiss P-40L-5-CU Warhawk
Pilot Young, Howard W
Service #
Group 310FS
Status 1AF
No info on pilot at this time. Plane condemned salvage non combat Apr 7, 1945

Aircraft: Curtiss P40L-5CU Warhawk
Date 25 Feb 1943
Squadron 310 FS
Group 58 FG
1st Air Force

09/03/2010 @ 17:50 [ref: 29768]
 Aaron F. Robinson
 Wilmington, NC
In order to improve the Merlin-powered Warhawk's performance in short-range combat, the P-40L version was created.

The P-40L (Model 87-B3) was basically a "stripped" version of the Merlin-powered P-40F-5-CU, in which 250 pounds of weight was saved by the partial removal of fuel, armament, and the like. The P-40L was otherwise virtually identical to the Merlin-powered P-40F-5-CU. Some of the P-40L production blocks featured planes with reduced armament and smaller capacity fuel tanks in order to obtain even more reduced weight and even better performance. The L-model was sometimes known as the "Gipsy Rose Lee", after the famous strip-tease dancer of the time.

The P-40L-1-CU had the same fuel and armament as the P-40F.

The P-40L-5-CU and subsequent P-40Ls had two of their wing guns removed to reduce the total armament to four 0.50-inch machine guns with 201 rounds per gun. Internal fuel was reduced by 31 Imp gal by the removal of front wing tanks.

The P-40L-10-CU had electrical aileron trim tabs and engine control changes.

The P-40L-15-CU had revised carburetor air filters and inter-aircraft signal lights.

The P-40L-20-CU had radio and electrical changes and provisions for an incendiary (destruct) grenade.

Despite the weight savings, the maximum speed of the P-40L was a mere 4 mph greater than that of the P-40F at rated altitude.

One hundred P-40Ls were sent to Britain as Kittyhawk IIs with no mark distinctions from the P-40Fs. The RAF serials for the P-40Ls were FS400/FS499. 160 other P-40Ls reached the RAF as Kittyhawk IIIs. Their serials were FL714/FL730, FR116/FR140, FR385/FR392, and FR413/FR521.

A certain number of P-40Ls were selected at random and were withdrawn from operational service and modified with the adoption of the 1360 hp Allison V-1710-81 engine in place of the original Merlin. These were used as advanced trainers. They were redesignated P-40R-2. At least 53 P-40L-->P-40R conversions took place which can be identified by serial number, but there were probably many more.

01/21/2010 @ 06:52 [ref: 25610]
 Alba Brusa
 , OTH
Recently founded in TirrenoSea - Italy - one almost yet perfect Curtiss-P40L.Actually it is into
""Museo of Piana delle Orme" not so far to Roma.

Please note: www.pianadelleorme.it"
If I've well understood, it it should be the only one type L
complete, actually.
Best whishes.
04/04/2009 @ 15:27 [ref: 24074]
 John B. Mier
 , IN
My uncle, Roman Mierzejewski, flew a P-40L with the 317th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group out of N. Africa. He was lost on a mission over Sardinia 28 JUN 43. Does a
P-40L exist in a museum anywhere? If anyone flew a P-40L, please tell me a little about it.
Thank you
01/26/2001 @ 11:22 [ref: 1468]


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