54th Fighter Group

42nd Fighter Squadron || 56th Fighter Squadron || 57th Fighter Squadron



Training for War


Pilots of the 42nd Pursuit Squadron rush to their P-40s at Paine Field, Washington
during Second Interceptor Command maneuvers, late October or early November of 1941.


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A closer look...


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AVG Wanna-Be


When this photo was taken, P-40 serial number 39-280 was assigned to Foster Field, Texas.
However, she had previously served with the 54th Pursuit Group, as evidenced by the
designator that's still visible underneath the leading edge of the port wing.


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Cajun Merlin


2Lt. Leslie Spoonts of the 57th FS with a P-40F at Harding Field, Louisiana, May 1942.


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AMY


When the 54th Fighter Group deployed to Alaska in June of 1942 it was equipped with
a mixture of P-40s and P-39s. This P-40K, serial number 42-45949, and named 'AMY' was
flown by Capt. Ord J. Fink of the 57th FS. She later flew with the 18th FS, 343rd FG
and may have actually been a 'loaner' from a squadron of the 343rd to begin with.


IPMS Quarterly Winter 1985 - Larger Image



IPMS Quarterly Winter 1985 - Larger Image


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