36th Fighter Group
Staff Sgt. Robert G. Davis




All of the photos on this page were kindly contributed by Warren Davis. Warren's father,
Robert G. Davis, served as a Staff Sergeant with the 23rd Pursuit/Fighter Squadron, 36th
Pursuit/Fighter Group in Puerto Rico and later deployed to Europe with the 53rd Fighter
Squadron, 36th Fighter Group, Ninth AF, for combat operations with the Republic P-47.






Line up of six P-40s being refuelled at Losey Field, Puerto Rico. In typical
service humor fashion, Losey was known as 'Lousy Field' to the men stationed there...


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These next two photos show P-40Cs during weapon maintenance and arming.


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Pulling the prop through on an early production P-40E at Losey Field...


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Another type operated by the 36th while in Puerto Rico was the Bell P-39.
This P-39D, serial number 41-6868, was assigned to the 23rd Fighter Squadron's
commanding officer. After the 36th FG returned to the ZI to train for deployment
to Europe, this ship was destroyed in a crash at New Orleans Army Air Base on
May 31st, 1943. She was at the time being flown by Ray M. Clapp, a pilot with
the 16th Ferrying Squadron, 5th Ferrying Group, flying out of Love Field, Texas.


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Here's SSgt. Robert G. Davis, on the left, with a couple'a buddies and one of their
P-47s, bombed up and ready for a mission over France. The 36th entered combat with
the Ninth Air Force roughly a month before Operation Overlord... 'D-Day'... and, as
with many IX AF outfits, moved from England to the Continent during July-August 1944.


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The spoils of war... SSgt. Davis with a captured Focke Wulf 190.


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