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Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

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A U.S. Army Air Force Curtiss P-40E Warhawk of the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio (USA).

The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk is an American single-engined, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground-attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. The P-40 design was a modification of the previous Curtiss P-36 Hawk which reduced development time and enabled a rapid entry into production and operational service. The Warhawk was used by most Allied powers during World War II, and remained in frontline service until the end of the war. It was the third most-produced American fighter of World War II, after the P-51 and P-47; by November 1944, when production of the P-40 ceased, 13,738 had been built, all at Curtiss-Wright Corporation's main production facilities at Buffalo, New York.

P-40 Warhawk was the name the United States Army Air Corps gave the plane, and after June 1941, the USAAF adopted the name for all models, making it the official name in the U.S. for all P-40s. The British Commonwealth and Soviet air forces used the name Tomahawk for models equivalent to the original P-40, P-40B, and P-40C, and the name Kittyhawk for models equivalent to the P-40D and all later variants.

P-40s first saw combat with the British Commonwealth squadrons of the Desert Air Force in the Middle East and North African campaigns, during June 1941. No. 112 Squadron Royal Air Force, was among the first to operate Tomahawks in North Africa and the unit was the first Allied military aviation unit to feature the "shark mouth" logo, copying similar markings on some Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 110 twin-engine fighters.

The P-40's lack of a two-speed supercharger made it inferior to Luftwaffe fighters such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109 or the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 in high-altitude combat and it was rarely used in operations in Northwest Europe. However, between 1941 and 1944, the P-40 played a critical role with Allied air forces in three major theaters: North Africa, the Southwest Pacific, and China. It also had a significant role in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Alaska and Italy. The P-40's performance at high altitudes was not as important in those theaters, where it served as an air superiority fighter, bomber escort and fighter-bomber. Although it gained a postwar reputation as a mediocre design, suitable only for close air support, more recent research including scrutiny of the records of individual Allied squadrons indicates that this was not the case: the P-40 performed surprisingly well as an air superiority fighter, at times suffering severe losses, but also inflicting a very heavy toll on enemy aircraft. Based on war-time victory claims, over 200 Allied fighter pilots " from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, the US and the Soviet Union " became aces flying the P-40. The P-40 offered the additional advantages of low cost and durability, which kept it in production as a ground-attack aircraft long after it was obsolescent as a fighter.

A total of 13 Royal Canadian Air Force units operated the P-40 in the North West European or Alaskan theaters. Wikipedia

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Warhawk 4245921

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 4245921

Known Squadron Assignments:

Purchased from USAAF in Alaska, to make up attrition in RCAF squadrons operating against Japanese. Operated by No. 111 (F) Squadron against Japanese from various bases in Alaska, late 1942 / early 1943. Operated by No. 14 (F) Squadron from Adak Island and Amchitka, Alaska, March to April 1943, against Japanese at Kiska. Condemned at Elmendorf, Alaska on 25 September 1943. last update: 2024-February-19
   1942-November-26 Accept from other Air Force Received from USAAF 2019-08-20
   1942-November-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1943-January-21 Accident: 111 Squadron Loc: Fort Greely Alaska Names: Jarred
   1943-June-23 to USAAF Returned to USAAF 2019-08-20
   1943-June-23 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 595

Warhawk 4245944

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 4245944

Known Squadron Assignments:

Purchased from USAAF in Alaska, to make up attrition in RCAF squadrons operating against Japanese. Operated by No. 111 (F) Squadron against Japanese from various bases in Alaska, late 1942 / early 1943. Operated by No. 14 (F) Squadron fom Adak Island and Amchitka, Alaska, March to April 1943, against Japanese at Kiska. Condemned at Elmendorf, Alaska on 25 September 1943. last update: 2024-February-19
   1942-November-26 Accept from other Air Force Received from USAAF 2019-08-20
   1942-November-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1943-June-23 to USAAF Returned to USAAF. 2019-08-20
   1943-June-23 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 595

Warhawk 4245945

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 4245945

Known Squadron Assignments:

Purchased from USAAF in Alaska, to make up attrition in RCAF squadrons operating against Japanese. Operated by No. 111 (F) Squadron against Japanese from various bases in Alaska, late 1942 / early 1943. Operated by No. 14 (F) Squadron fom Adak Island and Amchitka, Alaska, March to April 1943, against Japanese at Kiska. Condemned at Adak, Alaska on 20 May 1945. last update: 2024-February-19
   1942-November-26 Accept from other Air Force Received from USAAF 2019-08-20
   1942-November-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1943-June-23 to USAAF Returned to USAAF. 2019-08-20
   1943-June-23 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 595

Warhawk 4245951

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 4245951

Known Squadron Assignments:

Purchased from USAAF in Alaska, to make up attrition in RCAF squadrons operating against Japanese. Operated by No. 111 (F) Squadron against Japanese from various bases in Alaska, late 1942 / early 1943. Operated by No. 14 (F) Squadron fom Adak Island and Amchitka, Alaska, March to April 1943, against Japanese at Kiska. Condemned at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska on 25 September 1943. last update: 2024-February-19
   1942-November-26 Accept from other Air Force Received from USAAF 2019-08-20
   1942-November-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1943-June-23 to USAAF Returned to USAAF. 2019-08-20
   1943-June-23 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 595

Warhawk 4245952

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 4245952

Known Squadron Assignments:

Purchased from USAAF in Alaska, to make up attrition in RCAF squadrons operating against Japanese. Category C damage on 12 October 1942 at Anchorage, Alaska. Operated by No. 14 (F) Squadron fom Adak Island and Amchitka, Alaska, March to April 1943, against Japanese at Kiska. Crashed at Anchorage, Alaska on 3 August 1943. last update: 2024-February-19
   1942-November-26 Accept from other Air Force Received from USAAF 2019-08-20
   1942-November-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1943-June-23 to USAAF Returned to USAAF 2019-08-20
   1943-June-23 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 595

Warhawk 4245954

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 4245954

Known Squadron Assignments:

Purchased from USAAF in Alaska, to make up attrition in RCAF squadrons operating against Japanese. Category A crash on 20 February 1943, at Fort Greely, Alaska (near Fairbanks). Condemned for salvage at Fort Greely on 20 May 1945. last update: 2024-February-19
   1942-November-26 Accept from other Air Force Received from USAAF 2019-08-20
   1942-November-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1943-August-12 to USAAF Returned to USAAF 2019-08-20
   1943-August-12 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 595

Warhawk 4245977

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 4245977

Known Squadron Assignments:

Purchased from USAAF in Alaska, to make up attrition in RCAF squadrons operating against Japanese. Accident reported, 12 October 1942, no details. Operated by No. 111 (F) Squadron against Japanese from various bases in Alaska, late 1942 / early 1943. Operated by No. 14 (F) Squadron fom Adak Island and Amchitka, Alaska, March to April 1943, against Japanese at Kiska. Flown by S/L Walker on 3 sorties against Japanese. Condemned for salvage at Elemdorf AFB, Alaska on 22 March 1945. last update: 2024-February-19
   1942-November-26 Accept from other Air Force Received from USAAF 2019-08-20
   1942-November-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1943-June-23 to USAAF Returned to USAAF 2019-08-20
   1943-June-23 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 595

Warhawk 4246003

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 4246003

Known Squadron Assignments:

Purchased from USAAF in Alaska, to make up attrition in RCAF squadrons operating against Japanese. Operated by No. 111 (F) Squadron against Japanese from various bases in Alaska, late 1942 / early 1943. Operated by No. 14 (F) Squadron fom Adak Island and Amchitka, Alaska, March to April 1943, against Japanese at Kiska. Scrapped May 1945. last update: 2024-February-19
   1942-November-26 Accept from other Air Force Received from USAAF 2019-08-20
   1942-November-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1943-June-23 to USAAF Returned to USAAF 2019-08-20
   1943-June-23 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 595

Warhawk 4246004

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 4246004

Known Squadron Assignments:

Purchased from USAAF in Alaska, to make up attrition in RCAF squadrons operating against Japanese. Operated by No. 111 (F) Squadron against Japanese from various bases in Alaska, late 1942 / early 1943. Operated by No. 14 (F) Squadron fom Adak Island and Amchitka, Alaska, March to April 1943, against Japanese at Kiska. Scrapped in May 1945. last update: 2024-February-19
   1942-November-26 Accept from other Air Force Received from USAAF 2019-08-20
   1942-November-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1943-June-23 to USAAF Returned to USAAF 2019-08-20
   1943-June-23 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 595

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