The Curtiss P-40
in Chinese Air Force Service



Aside from those flown in the service of China by the American Volunteer Group (which will be covered
in its own section of the site) the Curtiss P-40 was also flown by Chinese and American pilots of the
CACW... the Chinese-American Composite Wing. The CACW was largely composed of Chinese personnel along
with many Americans, and each command position was filled by both an American and Chinese officer.
Although it was a Chinese Air Force outfit, the CACW fell under command of the US Fourteenth Air Force.




The news caption from the reverse of this photo reads:

Chinese-American Composite Wing

A fighter group of American and Chinese pilots of the Chinese-American Wing
of the 14th U.S. Air Force are shown at their base in China with one of their
fighter planes for background. The composite wing is among the Allied units
daily attacking Japanese installations, shipping and supply lines in Burma
and Occupied China. Many of the Chinese personnel were in the Chinese Army
from four to six years before transferring to the Air Force.



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The caption from the reverse of this next photo reads:

Colonel T. Alan Bennett and Major C.H. Yaun, Group Commanding Officers of a
Fighter Group of the Chinese American Composite Wing, and Major W.L. Turner
discuss operations while standing by a Curtiss P-40 at an air base somewhere in China.



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Lt. Yoh Kung Chen of the 27th Fighter Squadron, 5th Fighter Group, CACW with his P-40N.


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Great-Grandfather - Commander

P-40N #13, flown by Captain Kuang-fu Wang of the 7th FS, 3rd FG, CACW. This ship was involved
in two accidents; one upon landing at Liangshan on May 7th, 1944 and again at Laohokow in January
of 1945. Unfortunately I don't know which incident is documented by this photo, although I am guessing
the latter. Although barely visible here, this P-40N carried a name in Chinese characters on the nose,
above the exhausts which translates to English as, "Great Grandfather - Commander" in reference to a
heroic leader who hailed from the time of the Chow Dynasty.


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The caption from the reverse of this next photo reads:

Colonel Eugene L. Strickland makes final check with pilot Lt. T.Y. Cheng, seated
in the cockpit of a Curtiss P-40, as Chinese ground mechanic looks on. All are
members of the Chinese American Composite Wing based somewhere in China.



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The next three photos show two different field-modified 2-seat P-40s used by the CACW.


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The caption from the reverse of this next photo reads:

Chinese and American pilots of the Chinese and American Replacement Training Unit smilingly
exchange the 'thumbs up' sign as Chinese pilot prepares to take-off on a mission. Karachi, India.



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The caption for this photo says only that these fellas are testing the radio installation
on this P-40N, and nothing about why the ship happens to be sitting on her belly!
The Hawk is from the 5th Fighter Group, CACW...


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I have no specific info about the following four photos, though I believe
that the first three shots show the first 2-seater that's pictured above.


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