Miscellaneous P-40s in the MTO



These first two photos were taken during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in March of 1944. I think
the location is Capodichino Airfield, but do not know which outfit(s) these P-40s may have been
with, although I seem to recall reading somewhere that the first shot may show a 99th FS ship.



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An unidentifed P-40F keeping company with a few P-47s.


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A closer look...

Worthy of note is the non-standard national insignia, apparently hastily-updated in the field.


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I came across this photo of five P-40Fs in North Africa in one of the photo albums of the 359th FG
Association's Facebook page. (See here...) No distinctive markings that might identify the outfit are visible,
other than a design on the wheel cover of the second ship in line.


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An unidentified P-40F or P-40L at Benina Field near Benghazi, Libya... early 1943?
Looks like another Hawk is undergoing maintenance in the background.


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A closer look...


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An anonymous Hawk passes an anti-aircraft emplacement while landing
at an unknown airfield somewhere in North Africa.


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A closer look...


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A long-tailed P-40F or L shares space with some friends at Maison Blanche Airfield,
Algiers, Algeria in June 1943. In the foreground is an A-36, behind that is a Spitfire,
and next to the Spit is a P-38... or possibly an F-4. Nearer the hangar is a C-47 with
a name on the nose, but we can't make out what it says... the last word may be 'Pays'.
Off to the far right there's a couple'a foreign jobs... not sure what they are yet.


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A closer look at the Hawk...


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P-40L-5-CU 42-10644, from an unknown outfit, at Licata, Italy, July 17th, 1943.


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P-40F-15-CU 41-19807 after a forced landing at El Saff, Egypt on February 21st, 1943. The cause
was listed as 'mechanical failure'... probably the engine quit. At the time, the ship was flown
by Dennis L. Fleak of the 45th Ferrying Squadron, 19th Ferrying Group.

This Hawk was repaired and delivered to the 316th Fighter Squadron, 324th Fighter Group but was
lost a little over six months later, on August 27th, 1943, due to structural failure. The pilot,
2Lt. Donald J. Ellis, was killed... just two days shy of his 20th birthday.


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