During World War II, this P-40N has been flown by Dan Rowan who served as a fighter pilot in the US Army Air Forces. After having shot down two Japanese aircraft, Rowan was downed and seriously wounded over New Guinea. Military decorations of this famous comedian from Rowan and Martins (also called the “laugh in”) include the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
The aircraft has been recovered from New Guinea and initially registered in Australia. Later, it has been brought to the US and registered as N537BR.
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was an American single-engined, all-metal fighter and ground attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. The Warhawk was used by most Allied powers during WWII and remained in frontline service until the end of the war.