89th Fighter Squadron

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No Bones

These 89th FS P-40N-1s, photographed at Nagaghuli Airfield,
have not yet been adorned with the 80th FG skull motif.

The NARA caption on the reverse of the photo reads:

"A maintenance crew refuels Curtiss P-40s of the 89th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter
Group at a 10th Air Force base in Upper Assam, India. February 1944."



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This shot shows Hawk #43 about to depart Nagaghuli... the NARA caption:

"A Curtiss P-40 of the 80th Fighter Group roars down the runway at a 10th Air Force base
in Upper Assam, India, after Sgt. F. Freeman has given him the 'green light' for take off.
February 1944."



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Not that you can see much more, but here's a closer look...


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Two 89th FS Hawks receive a bit of TLC at Nagaghuli... the NARA caption:

"In a well-hidden work shop near Sadiya in Upper Assam, India, ground crews
repair Curtiss P-40's of the 80th Fighter Group. February 1944."



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LIFE in Upper Assam

This series of photos, also showing the 89th at Nagaghuli, was taken for
LIFE magazine a few weeks after the above shots, in April of 1944.


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A closer look...


LIFE photo archives (William Vandivert photo)




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LIFE photo archives (William Vandivert photo) - Larger Image


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