33rd Fighter Squadron

33rd Fighter Squadron || 35th Fighter Squadron || 36th Fighter Squadron



Line-up at Mitchel


An artsy shot of the 33rd Pursuit Squadron line at Mitchel Field, early 1941.


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Double-Deuce


P-40 #22 of the 33rd Pursuit Squadron. I'm not sure of the timeframe or location.
Most likely either Langley Field, late 1940, or Mitchel Field in late 1940 or early 1941.


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July, 1941 - Norfolk, Virginia


33rd PS P-40s are loaded onto USS Wasp at Pier 7, Norfolk, Virginia on July 24th, 1941.
The squadron was transported to within 100 miles of Iceland and then launched from Wasp
on August 6th, flying to their destination of Kaldadarnes Airfield near Reykjavik.


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Icelandic Hawks


Here's a couple'a views showing some of the 33rd's Hawks at Kaldadarnes Airfield in 1941.


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Reinforcements


In this photo, dated October 17th, 1941, a P-40C is unloaded at a dock in Iceland, destined
for the 33rd Pursuit Squadron. This ship had previously been operated by the 57th Pursuit Group.


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A closer look...


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Thomas L. 'Bud' Truax


Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin was named for Thomas L. Truax, who had
once served with the 33rd Pursuit Squadron. Truax, a native of Madison, was killed
in a training accident on November 2nd, 1941, the day after his promotion to First
Lieutenant. He was with the 65th Pursuit Squadron, 57th Pursuit Group at the time.


From a Truax Field 'Yearbook'



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