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Hawk914

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  1. Coming in way late... I've just begun my not-so-annual month-long re-emergence here on USMF! Anyhoo, I am proud to say that my Dad was one of the many who helped make Apollo happen. And despite the general lack of awareness in today's society, I wish he could have been here to see the 40th and 45th anniversaries... thanks for being part of the 'less than one percent', Bob... Fade to Black...
  2. I made a post earlier in this thread with a few images but they've been converted to URLs, apparently due to changes made to the forum since I last visited. Anyhoo, I'll re-post 'em, starting with this shot of 2nd BG Y1B-17s overflying NYC shortly before their famous goodwill flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Project 914 Archives (S.Donacik collection) Fade to Black...
  3. The photo on the right, with the sharkmouth, shows a P-40K and was taken in the CBI. Not sure which outfit, yet... definitely either the 23rd FG or 51st FG. A few different squadrons within these two groups are possibilities... I'll have to keep digging. Here's another shot of the same ship, from the same seller... the B-24 and terrain could be clues as to locale, and the guys in these photos might be recognizable to someone... for instance, the fella in the leather jacket looks familiar to me. All of this could help nail down the P-40's outfit. Now, the other photo is more problematic, although the P-47 in the background could be a clue. Also, the epay seller's auction images clearly showed that there were names written on the front and back of this photo... it's possible those names could be cross referenced somehow to find out where all these guys were stationed. Whatever the case, the ship is either a P-40M, P-40N, or a P-40R... probably a stateside trainer, based on what little I can see of the markings on the P-47. Fade to Black...
  4. Yes... the 'x' denotes the 79th Fighter Group... the number '94' indicates the 87th Fighter Squadron. (Numbers 10-39 were assigned to the 85th FS, 40-69 to the 86th FS, and 70-99 to the 87th FS.) I was going to bid on this photo... got home too late from a shutterbug mission. Oh well! Here's another 87th Fighter Squadron ship... Project 914 Archives Fade to Black...
  5. Last month the CAF's B-24A 'Diamond 'Lil' visited Buffalo, NY... I was thrilled to be able to grab a shot or three, as it had been right around ten years since I'd seen the 'ole gal. Here's a few views taken at KBUF's FBO, Prior Aviation. See more photos on my blog: http://buffalowingz.blogspot.com/2014/06/diamond-lil.html Here they're getting ready to roll out for the first flight of the day. And rolling in after that flight... The ship is parked and moments away from shutdown... This next shot was one of the last photos I took at Prior before heading over to a favorite spot near the intersection of both of KBUF's runways. (For those familiar with the area, that spot is our local Mercy Flight station... site of the old Flying Tigers scarfing establishment.) From there you can usually catch good shots of takeoffs and landings, regardless of which runway they're using. Lifting off for the second hop of the day... Same shot after adding a bit of 'oldification'... All photos: BuffaloWingz Photogpraphy (S.Donacik photo) Fade to Black...
  6. I've had a couple modern reprints of this photo for a while, but was finally able to add an original period print to my collection recently. This was taken on the gun testing range at Curtiss plant #2 here in Buffalo, NY. (Technically it's Cheektowaga, NY... and is now the site of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.) The photo was taken on May 6th, 1942. Project 914 Archives (S.Donacik collection) Fade to Black...
  7. 'Direct-upload only'... alrighty then... I never use direct-upload features on forums, so... if I continue to post images here using the tags and external image hosting, do you know if they will eventually disappear as well? It irks me that all the images I've posted here are no longer readily visible... which could be easily fixed if regular users could edit their own posts again... hint-hint! (Yeah, I know why the permanent edit feature was taken out... I was a mod here in the early days and recall when it happened, albeit somewhat vaguely. I would still like to be able to fix my posts... ) Anyhoo, thanks for the reply, Jon. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Bobgee... I do not know the current status of the Desert Hawk, though it seems that it has been recovered and is awaiting shipment to the UK. One source I came across mentioned that it was being stored at El Alemain. http://www.warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/saharas-p-40-kittyhawk-update.html http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/2014/05/sahara-desert-wrecked-p-40-kittyhawk-dennis-copping/ https://www.facebook.com/SaveTheKittyhawkt When first discovered, the Kittyhawk was in fairly decent condition, given the circumstances. But it subsequently incurred additional damage at the hands of scavengers and/or vandals... the most visible evidence of this being the broken and missing glass panels shown in some of the photos at the above links. The earliest known photos taken of the wreck (by Jakub Perka) show the glass to be largely intact, with only a few panels damaged or missing... see this page on my website: http://p40hawksnest.co.nf/Survivors/DesertHawk.html I've also seen some videos that show several of the instrument dials to have been smashed. The Perka photos show that they were all pretty much intact early on, save one. Hopefully Britain and Egypt can sort it all out and the Hawk will be preserved... Fade to Black...
  8. As Jean said, these are RNZAF Hawks... my info says they're from 14 Squadron and that the photo was taken during a ferry flight to an operational area. The Hudson was there to lend navigational services. Here's another shot of the same formation. National Library of New Zealand Some crops... Another view... National Library of New Zealand A closer look... Fade to Black...
  9. Renfield posted this fine shot of P-40N 'Daddy Please' from the 49th Fighter Group's HQ section... This ship also wore the number '10' at one point and the other side of the nose was adorned with 'Milk Wagon Express'... J. vd Heuvel collection Fade to Black...
  10. Time for my not-so-annual re-emergence on USMF... =P Glad to see this thread is still alive and kickin'! Okay... a bit of catching up to do... Renfield posted this image of P-40N #54 from the 8th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group... (I was wondering who won this auction!) Here's a look at the other side of this ship... I haven't done any research on this Hawk yet, so any info would be welcome. Project 914 Archives (S.Donacik collection) Jon, or any other mods... any idea why all of my previously posted images appear only as URLs? Is it maybe something to do with the changes that were made to the forum sometime back? Fade to Black...
  11. I've just been going through my info for the colorized photo I posted, and it seems that I may have mis-identified the gal... She might be Kate Lee Harris (Married name, Adams) Fade to Black...
  12. Renfield... groovy stuff! Thanks for sharing those here... Many early P-40s were delivered without guns installed, with the ports capped. Almost forgot... I've been known to dabble with colorizing black and white photos... here's a colorization in-progress. Lots to do yet... The Hawk is a P-40N from the 433rd SEFTS at Napier Field, Alabama. The gal is a WASP named Leona M. Golbinec. (Married name, Zimmer.) Project 914 Archives (S.Donacik collection) Fade to Black...
  13. Something tells me that you may have already seen it, but here's a thread on the AAF forums which has some info and links to more info and some images. http://forum.armyair...om/m226099.aspx Not sure if the images at the fold3.com link show the actual ship in question or not... heading to bed here, so I've not taken much time to peruse it... the evasion reports look to be rather interesting. I'll see what else I can come up with in the morning. Fade to Black...
  14. A few more Mohawks... Mohawk IV AR645 or 646... not sure which, as the last digit of the serial is pretty muddy no matter what I do in Photoshop. SDASM Archives Another Mohawk IV... SDASM Archives Mohawk IV gettin' a bit of TLC... Project 914 Archives Fade to Black...
  15. Sabrejet, thanks for those pix of TFC's Hawk. I am quite envious of anyone who has been able to see that gal in person... I guess I had the same reaction as you when I first saw that photo, only it was in an ish of Air Enthusiast... same author. I was going to post these the other day, but never got around to processing the scans til now. These next four images are from Air Enthusiast #23. 'Joe Soap' of 155 Sqn, Imphal late 1943 Mohawk of 5 Squadron at Dinjan, May/June 1942. Two views of another 5 Sqn ship, later in 1942. Apparently this Hawk went on to serve with 155 Squadron and was destroyed in a landing accident in November of 1943. These came from what now looks to be a defunct forum... unfortunately I didn't save the text of the posts, just a net shortcut. So I have none of the originally posted info for these images and do not know who posted them. However, they appear to show some of the few Mohawks which were built under license by Hindustan at Bangalore, India. This shot doesn't show any Mohawks, but I included it just for the heck of it. The birds on the left are Harlow PC-5s while on the right is at least one Vultee V-12D. This last image shows a Mohawk in the foreground with a Vultee V-12D and what look to be more V-12 fuselages. Fade to Black...
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