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Based on the markings carried by these P-40Es, it may be possible that they're from the 49th FG, although I haven't done any research to confirm this. One interesting detail is the fact that ships 14 and 22 each have the style of pitot tube fitted to most early model P-40s destined for the British, including the Kittyhawk I/IA. The 49th operated a mix of P-40Es and *P-40E-1s, so this is another clue favoring the idea that these may be early 49th FG Hawks.

 

* - Kittyhawk I/IAs appropriated by the USA were designated P-40E-1.

 

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Here's a look at some of the few early production P-40s to be delivered to the USAAC in natural metal finish.

 

I'm not sure which airframe this is but it could be 39-156, the first production P-40.

 

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From unknown publication

 

 

This is 39-157, the second production P-40.

 

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From unknown ish of Famous Airplanes of the World

 

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This is 39-160, the fifth production P-40. I posted one of these earlier, but what the hey...

 

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From Air Force Colors Vol. 1 by Dana Bell

 

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From unknown ish of Famous Airplanes of the World

 

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This is a closeup of 39-160...

 

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...from this photo...

 

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Yes, a sad end indeed...

 

That photo was taken at Walnut Ridge in Arkansas. Here's some more shots of P-40s at Walnut Ridge. They appear to be mostly, if not all, P-40Ns... including a number of TP-40Ns.

 

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These next three photos also show P-47s, P-51s and at least one P-63. Perhaps there are others as well, but I haven't examined them closely yet.

 

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Here's a closeup of the P-40s from the above photo...

 

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All photos: Walnut Ridge Army Flying School Museum

 

 

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Alrighty, not many folks are aware that the first P-40Ns to come off the assembly lines retained the same basic canopy configuration used on the P-40D through P-40M. They also had only four guns installed, although six were sometimes fitted in the field.

 

Here's a P-40N-1 in operational service... this ship, serial number 42-104577, served with the 88th FS, 80th FG, Tenth AF in the CBI. It was involved in a taxiing accident on November 9th, 1943 at Lilabari Field in India. In December of 1945 it was handed over to the Chinese.

 

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Here's a pretty crapola photo showing a P-40N that's seen better days. This ship has the more familiar canopy usually associated with the 'N' model. I don't know offhand what unit this ship was with, and I haven't researched it yet, although I believe that it's a stateside training outfit... so if anyone recognizes the markings, please chime in.

 

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I believe this is P-40N 44-7060. I've only begun to research this ship, and haven't gotten all that far yet. But I've determined that it was assigned to the 339th BU at Thomasville Field, GA and the 338th AAFBU at Page Field, FL. The nameplate says the pilot is Lt. J.H. Folsom... I wonder if that's the fella in the photo?

 

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More to come...

 

 

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Alright, I'll bite... :lol:

 

Heres some pics I have of P-40's in service....

 

Enjoy!!

 

American Volunteer Group:

 

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Regards,

FRISCAN

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More Curtiss P-40's.... thumbsup.gif

 

Enjoy!

 

P-40's of RAF 112 Squadron In North Africa

 

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Delivery Of Brand New Free French P-40's:

 

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Japanese Captured P-40's:

 

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Regards,

FRISCAN

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More Curtiss P-40's, Random Shots of Various Units and P-40's.... thumbsup.gif

 

Enjoy!

 

P-40 Running Up At Dutch Harbor, Alaska

 

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P-40 At The Firing Range

 

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A Flight 18th Pursuit Squadron P-40's, August 1st, 1941:

 

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P-40 Of The 8th Pursuit Squadron

 

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P-40 Of The 20th Pursuit Squadron

 

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P-40 Of The 35th Pursuit Squadron

 

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P-40 Of The 95th Pursuit Squadron

 

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Regards,

FRISCAN

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And Lastly BUT certainly NOT least....Heres a picture of my grandfather's Curtiss P-40N(nearest to the camera) while he was flying during Advanced Flight Training here in Georgia. This picture is unpublished.

 

Enjoy! thumbsup.gif

 

P-40's Of An Advance Flight Training Squadron At Chatham Field, Georgia

 

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Regards,

FRISCAN

 

PS Sorry for the reflection, its behind glass in a frame.

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Looks like I have some catching up to do here... great stuff guys!

 

 

That is the guard this beautiful aircraft deserves.

 

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That shot was taken at Hamilton Field, CA in 1941 and the P-40 is from either the 20th or 35th PG. A very large TIFF image of the same photo can be found on the Library of Congress website... HERE...

 

 

 

Here's some P-40 pics that are part of a A-2 jacket grouping that I own. 16th Fighter Squadron........enjoy ;)

J.D.

 

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(The rest of the images from this post have not been included in this quote to save space - BW)

 

OUTSTANDING stuff!!! Thanks a ton for sharing these here!

 

 

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Nice stuff FRISCAN... hope you don't mind if I add some comments, image sources and corrections here...

 

P-40 At The Firing Range

 

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That shot was taken here in Western NY, at the Curtiss plant on Genesee Street near the airport. The ship is a P-40E-1, originally a Lend-Lease Kittyhawk IA destined for the RAF but retained for use by the AAF after the US entered the war. I believe this image originated from my flickr photostream, HERE...

 

 

 

A Flight 18th Pursuit Squadron P-40's, August 1st, 1941:

 

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That would be the 18th Pursuit Group, not squadron. I dunno which squadron these P-40Bs are from... there were four or five squadrons attached to the 18th PG in late 1941, and I'm not sure how the plane-in-group numbers were assigned. A larger version of this image can be found HERE, along with another shot of the same formation. I have a print of that other photo in my collection and posted it on page 1 of this thread...

 

If anyone comes across a print of this photo for sale, please let me know!

 

 

 

P-40 Of The 8th Pursuit Squadron

 

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These ships are from the 33rd Pursuit Squadron, 8th Pursuit Group... photo was taken at Langley Field, VA in September of 1940.

 

 

 

P-40 Of The 20th Pursuit Squadron

 

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P-40 of the 79th Pursuit Squadron, 20th Pursuit Group, 1940... probably at Hamilton Field.

 

 

 

P-40 Of The 35th Pursuit Squadron

 

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This P-40 of the 35th Pursuit Group was formerly assigned to the 79th Pursuit Squadron, 20th Pursuit Group. This photo is from my collection... see the original image in my photostream on Flickr, HERE...

 

 

 

P-40 Of The 95th Pursuit Squadron

 

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This P-40 from the 35th Pursuit Group (that's '35P' on the tail, not '95P') was formerly assigned to the 55th Pursuit Squadron, 20th Pursuit Group.

 

Here's another view of this ship... the 55th PS insignia on the fuselage and '35P' on the tail are clearly visible. A number of P-40s from the 20th PG were transferred to the 35th PG and markings changes were not always quick, leading to some confusion among aviation enthusiasts and historians in subsequent years.

 

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Here are a couple of 316th Fighter Squadron aircraft in North Africa

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Nice stuff... I especially like that third shot with the 316th FS insignia! Are these from your collection, or from the net?

 

 

 

There was a 324th FG photo album on epay not all that long ago... you wouldn't happen to have been the winner of that auction, would you? Here's the auction images:

 

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And a 315th FS P-40 flown by Ken Scheiwe

 

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Cool... Miss Ginna III... I have the same photo in my collection, but did not have a name for the pilot. Thanks!

 

 

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While on the subject of the 324th, here's a couple shots of P-40Fs off the starboard wing of a B-25 in the MTO. The closer of the two ships is P-40F 41-14581, which was lost to flak on May 19th, 1944 while assigned to the 324th FG.

 

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I have a few other shots of 324th Hawks which I will try to scan in the near future...

 

 

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And Lastly BUT certainly NOT least....Heres a picture of my grandfather's Curtiss P-40N(nearest to the camera) while he was flying during Advanced Flight Training here in Georgia. This picture is unpublished.

 

Enjoy! thumbsup.gif

 

P-40's Of An Advance Flight Training Squadron At Chatham Field, Georgia

 

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Regards,

FRISCAN

 

PS Sorry for the reflection, its behind glass in a frame.

HOT DAMN!! That's super groovy... would you have any info about your Grandfather that you could share with us?

 

 

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Delivery Of Brand New Free French P-40's:

 

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These P-40Fs, formerly operated by the USAAF, were handed over to the 'Free French' in January 1943. More info below...

 

 

Here's some more photos of these Hawks... first, a larger version of the above image...

 

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Here's the accompanying news caption for the following photo:

 

Line-up of 13 P-40 United States Warhawks which Americans recently presented to the Fighting French air forces at an airport somewhere in North Africa on behalf of the people of the United States.

 

That 'somewhere in North Africa' was Casablanca and the date was January 9th, 1943. Despite the caption describing thirteen P-40s, there are only twelve Hawks in the photo. All were formerly with the USAAF 33rd FG and were officially handed over to the French GC II/5 'Groupe Lafayette' or 'Lafayette Escadrille' during this presentation ceremony.

 

Other aircraft present here are the Gooney Bird in the background and some French Dewoitine D.520s in the hangar. Also visible in the hangar is a lone French Hawk 75. (P-36)

 

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Accompanying news caption for the next photo:

 

Major-Generals Spaatz, Bergeret, and Doolittle.

 

This photo shows Major-General James Doolittle (on the left) and Major-General Carl Spaatz (on the right) escorting French Major-General Bergeret as he inspects the aircraft.

 

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Accompanying news caption for the next photo:

 

Lieutenant Hal C. Tunnell of Knoxville, Tennessee, left, introducing the Reverend R. P. Bougerol, Chaplain of the Lafayette Escadrille, to Lieutenant J. J. Ketcher of Fresno, California, full-blooded Cherokee Indian. The Indian head and Escadrille insignia are seen on the fuselage of the P-40.

 

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And a color shot of the Padre and his new AAF pals...

 

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316th FS 324th FG

Steve

 

Most are from the 316th's website, which is in need of an updating and we are working towards it. I would love to see more 324th Hawks, as we see too few of them. I have more photos in my collection of the 324th's P-47's. I have the names of each of the pilots. The first photo is Huey Buss, the second photo is Bucky Buchanan's plane, but his two crew chiefs (Holenchak and Champion are on the plane) and the last plane is Troy Upton's.

 

By the time they got in to the P-47, they had standardized where they were putting Belle (on the left side of the cowling only, with the squadron diamond on the right side). In the Hawks it was looser. Also becuase they were getting the dregs of everyone's P-40's as they moved to Thunderbolts or Mustangs. So they had all kinds of varied paint jobs.

 

I wish I had seen that 324th album, I would definitely have loved to get it. Do you know who the seller was? I would love to contact him to get in contact with the buyer.

 

Doug

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While on the subject of the 324th, here's a couple shots of P-40Fs off the starboard wing of a B-25 in the MTO. The closer of the two ships is P-40F 41-14581, which was lost to flak on May 19th, 1944 while assigned to the 324th FG.

 

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I have a few other shots of 324th Hawks which I will try to scan in the near future...

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I've always liked those pics. I didnt post them because I couldnt remember where I had got my copies from.

 

Allan Harnest was flying 41-14581 on May 19th when it was shot down by AAA. He was a pilot from the 315th FS flying out of Pignataro. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing at Siciy-Rome American Cemetary.

 

BTW, 41-14581 had just been returned to service following repairs after it had groundlooped at Cercola a couple months before by a 314th FS pilot.

 

Oh yeah, the 324th FG had its own B-25 for the Colonel. So that could have been the plane that took your photos.

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Wow, nobody posted this one?

 

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That's a photo taken over the Salween Gorge, 1942, while on combat patrol. 3rd Squadron Leader Arvid Olsen is flying Chuck Older's #68 in the foreground, perhaps the most famous sharkmouthed P-40

 

RT Smith took the photo with a manual focus camera, while flying formation with his knees on the stick, and waiting for the flight to stack up perfectly. I had the pleasure of being in e-mail contact with RT's son Brad for a while, and we discussed the photo a bit

 

Here's RT himself:

 

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I used to have other fascinating photos RT took, but unfortunately my electronic copies were lost when my last PC died. I also had a great one of Colonel Scott's P-40...gone too

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Wow, nobody posted this one?

Not true... you just did the honors... :lol:

 

I figured someone would get around to posting that one, eventually...

 

I wish I had seen that 324th album, I would definitely have loved to get it. Do you know who the seller was? I would love to contact him to get in contact with the buyer.

I don't recall the seller's handle, but I tried a couple of times to contact him/her to get hold of the buyer... no joy, I'm afraid.

 

Thanks for the info you've thrown out here... the 324th is a group for which I have little info at the moment. I'm eventually going to put a page up on my site for the outfit... but it may be a while.

 

 

Speaking of epay auctions, there was another photo album available recently. This one belonged to Major F. Schoellkoph of the 85th FS, 79th FG. I had intended to bid, but it went a bit beyond my means toward the end.

 

Here's a few of the auction images, including this shot of a 64th FS, 57th FG P-40K.

 

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The tail art of the 85th FS is very well-known among aviation historians... I believe most of them were done by Corporal Joe Pumphrey.

 

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I have some 79th FG photos to share as well... someday I'll get them scanned... :mellow:

 

 

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Here's some new arrivals...

 

These are straight outta the can, I didn't do any cleanup or make any other adjustments at all. So some of 'em look a bit yuckola... especially the first two.

 

Anyhoo, these show P-40Fs being assembled and tested after delivery to an unknown location in the MTO. I haven't done any research yet and don't know the location, although I think in the past I've come across some photos on the Library of Congress site which show the same facility. So I'll try and find those again and add any pertinent info I come up with...

 

Until then, enjoy... even these two crapola shots!

 

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TBC...

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