WWII P-40 Discovered At The Sahara Desert
In June 1942, RAF Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping crashed landed his P-40 Warhawk in the middle of the Sahara Desert. He took what he can from his airplane and wandered to nowhere. After 70 years, Copping’s P-40 Warhawk was found almost perfectly preserved right where it crashed.
An oil worker exploring an isolated region made the discovery. The P-40 was not covered by sand, but the crash site is more than 200 miles away from the nearest town located in a featureless terrain.
The P-40 Warhawk is so well-preserved that it is like a time-capsule. Almost everything is intact. The ammunition and missiles are still with the aircraft and its identification plates remains untouched. The only thing missing is the radio and batteries, which Flight Sergeant Coupling must have taken with him and tried to make it work, but to no avail. The British Defense attache to Egypt announced that a search for the pilot’s remains will be conducted, but they also expressed doubt that it will be successful.
Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping is part of a fighter unit based in Egypt during the North African campaign against the Rommel. The P-40 Warhawk is a US-made fighter aircraft. It was widely used in African and Asian campaigns during the World War II.
The RAF Museum is working to recover the aircraft and display it in honor of Flight Sergeant Copping.
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