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These next two are the same photo, but are framed differently for printing.

 

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Steve O. Reno

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Seeking Curtiss-Wright aircraft photos, especially the P-40, P-36, & O-52...

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Bob, the local airframe fitter...

 

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Neat engine rig...

 

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Well, look... they actually fly when you put 'em all together again!

 

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These aren't AAF birds, they're RAF. The serials are, l-r, AK683, AK620, AK455, AM386, unknown. These ships are probably waiting to be refurbished and sent back into the fray.

 

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And here's what a young Hawk looks like after you crack the egg...

 

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These next three are unrelated, as far as subject matter, but they came with the group and are of interest.

 

The Brass ride in style...

 

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Captured Italian tank... (I haven't tried to ID the type yet, so if you know, please shout it out...)

 

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The Bombay Bazaar (a long way from India, me thinks...)

 

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I once worked with a guy whose father (deceased) was a USAAF Allison engine tech rep in North Africa. The son showed me maybe 10 photos that looked much like these, and the man in civvies wearing a fedora hat could be his dad. The dad travelled all over N Africa and on into Italy -- where he worked with the Free French and Co-Belligerent Italians, on P-40s, P-39s and P-38s. He got back to Indianapolis in mid-1944 and went into Merlins, and later still into jet powerplants, through the 1960s, and again serving as tech rep in Korea/Japan.

 

The son several times told me that dad's steamer trunk, full of more photos, ephemera, tech docs and souvenirs (such as Bersaglieri sun helmet and a DAK helmet) was at home in Indianapolis and he would haul it back from holiday leave and GIVE it to me -- never happened! The son already had claimed Beretta .25 and .32 pistols and a Carcano carbine, but he had no use for "soft goods".

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The son several times told me that dad's steamer trunk, full of more photos, ephemera, tech docs and souvenirs (such as Bersaglieri sun helmet and a DAK helmet) was at home in Indianapolis and he would haul it back from holiday leave and GIVE it to me -- never happened!

Bummer... sounds like there could have been some treasures in that thing...

 

 

After a bit more thought I've determined that the last batch of photos I posted may have something to do with 'Project 19', but am still not sure. I'll be looking into it more...

 

Now, here's a favorite subject of mine. P-40s on the forgotten front... Alaska...

 

All of these are from my collection, although this first group of photos can also be found in the National Archives. These are mostly 11th FS ships, but the last few shots show aircraft from the 18th FS.

 

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I have some info on this last photo somewhere... cannot find it at the moment. I believe this fella was from the HQ section of the 18th FS.

 

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All photos: Project 914 Archives (Steve O. Reno collection)

 

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Steve O. Reno

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The Alaska P-40's bear the "Aleutian Tiger" nose art, identifying them as from the 11th Ftr Sqn. Tghe nose marking is a variation on the squadron emblem/jacket patch.

 

BTW the 11th's commander was (for a time) John Chennault, son of Claire....P-40's ran in the blood I guess.

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BTW the 11th's commander was (for a time) John Chennault, son of Claire....

And here is the younger Chennault, in a screengrab from 'Report From the Aleutians'.

 

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'Report From the Aleutians' was put together by Hollywood mogul Daryl Zanuck and director John Huston. Here they are in front of a P-40E named 'Flossie'... L-R Huston, Zanuck, unknown.

 

If anyone can identify the third fella, I'd be most appreciative.

 

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More 343rd FG P-40s to come...

 

 

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Steve O. Reno

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This was shown on the TV show "Antique Roadshow"

 

A lady brought this part from a P-40 belonging to the 26th Fighter Squadron, the "China Blitzers". Her husband had served with the squadron and was friends with the artist. She identified the artist as Stanley Schirro, who painted the nose art and the squadron patches, one of which you can see part of in the photo below.

 

It appears that this part came from a P-40 that had crashed (also shown below). Sorry there isn't a more clear photo of the aircraft itself. By the way, the appraiser valued this in the $2,000-$4,000 range.

 

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Nice shot of Ron Fagen's P-40K!

 

I hope to be able to see this Hawk in person next month at the 'P-40 Gathering' during the Geneseo Airshow.

 

 

You can see more photos of this Hawk on this page from my website...

 

 

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Awesome photos all! I was watching that album on ebay and drooled over it often. Here is a photo that is in an album from a named soldier who served in the 26th ADG hdqtrs sqdrn. Did a little net searching and the 26th was in egypt shortly before making its way to India.

Bet this one could be ID'd especially with the skull and ace status

 

 

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A collecter of photographs

Always looking for PTO related photos and photo albums. also looking for 134th CB USN and 711th railroad operating battalion photos and photo albums.

 

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NICE!!

 

That's P-40K #13 of the 64th FS, 57th FG. It was assigned to 1Lt. Robert Johnson 'Jay' Overcash. The serial number of this P-40K is said to be 42-46046, but I've come across some info that doesn't jive with the date I've mentioned below. According to one reference, 42-46046 was condemned on March 13th, 1943... although it's possible this is a typo or some other error. Hopefully I can sort this out in the future.

 

Anyhoo, Overcash made ace on April 26th, 1943 when he bagged two 109s while providing escort for Ninth AF B-25s and/or RAF Baltimores on a mission to attack a landing ground at Soliman South, Tunisia. His final score was five.

 

Another pilot from the 64th, 1Lt. Robert J. Byrne, also bagged two 109s on the same mission, bringing his total to six.

 

 

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Steve O. Reno

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Heres a couple of P-40 pics, Snafu is a war time RPPC that was handed out ( or bought at the px ) to the new recruits that were to take flight training in this model. The other shot is from Lincoln Nebraska, The Lincoln Institute, and was an aircraft that the new mechanics got to take apart and put back together, many many times. I wonder what happened to that bird. Dave

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Cool stuff, Plant#4!

 

That first shot shows an early P-40 (no variant suffix). I think there may have been some photos of this same ship on epay recently... will have to look through my archives and see.

 

The second ship, SNAFU, is a P-40N... probably from Randolph Field, Texas. A similarly marked P-40N from Randolph can be seen on THIS page from my P-40 website...

 

 

Here's some fairly recent pickups...

 

These first three were taken during filming of 'God is My Co-Pilot'. The fella second from right in the first photo may be a Joe Marcoux, who is shown in a photo posted elsewhere on the forum (HERE, fourth post from the bottom) by Charlie Biza. There is a resemblance...

 

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Two photos taken by Mac Julian of Warner Bros. during filming at one of Luke Field's auxiliary fields...

 

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This official AAF photo was probably taken at Luke Field itself. I don't know if this was actually taken during filming or not, but a couple of the movie birds are in the background, and I believe that our hero, Joe Marcoux, is also shown...

 

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All photos: Project 914 Archives (S.Donacik collection)

 

 

An interesting detail is the scorpion artwork on the nose of the foremost P-40N on the right... this is the emblem of the 64th FS, 57th FG. Perhaps there was a former 64th pilot working as an instructor at Luke?

 

 

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Steve O. Reno

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Here's something a bit different... a vintage warbird photo...

 

This is the Confederate Air Force's P-40N circa the late 1960s or perhaps the early 70s. This was the second P-40 operated by the CAF, the first being a P-40M that was unfortunately destroyed. This ship was painted overall red when this photo was taken.

 

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Here's a little-known bit of trivia... that P-40M I mentioned was the first aircraft acquired by the CAF.

 

 

P-40N 43-24021 was assigned to the 345th AAFBU's CCTS at Waycross Field, Georgia...

 

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And some anonymous P-40Ns...

 

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All photos: Project 914 Archives (S.Donacik collection)

 

 

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Steve O. Reno

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NICE!!

 

That's P-40K #13 of the 64th FS, 57th FG. It was assigned to 1Lt. Robert Johnson 'Jay' Overcash. The serial number of this P-40K is said to be 42-46046, but I've come across some info that doesn't jive with the date I've mentioned below. According to one reference, 42-46046 was condemned on March 13th, 1943... although it's possible this is a typo or some other error. Hopefully I can sort this out in the future.

 

Anyhoo, Overcash made ace on April 26th, 1943 when he bagged two 109s while providing escort for Ninth AF B-25s and/or RAF Baltimores on a mission to attack a landing ground at Soliman South, Tunisia. His final score was five.

 

Another pilot from the 64th, 1Lt. Robert J. Byrne, also bagged two 109s on the same mission, bringing his total to six.

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Will this picture be any help?:

 

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From the Life collection on google

 

By the way, I am new on the forum. I found this post while looking for P-40 pictures, when I remembered seeing Overcash's P-40 in the Life Collection. This picture seems to solve the serial number problem, the latter being 42-46040 (42-46046 is probably a typo).

 

HTH

 

Philippe

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Here is a shot I took of a beautifully restored P-40E at the Sun and Fun Airshow in 2005.

 

I have built Heaven only knows how many models of P-40's but never realized until I took this shot that the fairing on the belly is open at the back and thus is actually an exhaust.

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If you haven't been on the Google to see the photos from the Life Magazine archive, you are in for a surprise. Here are a couple of samples.

 

Make sure when you enter something on the search bar, you include "source:life" at the end of it.

 

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The other unfortunate photo is one we will all recognize from the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. There are dozens of images from that event posted on the US Park Service site for the USS Arizona memorial.

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I am a new member, and I thought I would start out with a brief post about my Dad.

He was in the 49th fighter group, 7th squardron. This is picture of the nose art that he had

painted on his plane. This plane has been pictured in a few publications, but my Dad never

got credit for it! I have the original drawing that was used for the plane.

He flew 188 missions and had over 300 hours in the P 40. He had 2 victories, one that he

lost the confirmation with a coin flip.

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