P-40s at Napier Field, AL



Throughout the Second World War, Napier Field in Dothan, Alabama was home to several advanced
single-engine flying training squadrons (formerly known as school squadrons) equipped with the
AT-6 Texan, as well as one which flew the P-40 Warhawk... the 433rd SEFTS.

Early in 1944, under a general reorganization, the numbered SEFTS outfits gave way to the lettered
squadrons of the 2116th Army Air Forces Base Unit. Despite this change, the mission remained the same...

Take the Army's latest pilot graduates and turn them into pursuit pilots.



This early P-40 was photographed at Napier Field in early 1943.


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'Black Angel', also snapped at Napier in early 1943. (Her tail is visible in the above photo.)
This ship was built as an initial production P-40, serial number 39-288, but was later re-designated
as a P-40G after being fitted with the four-gun wing of a Tomahawk IIA... one of 44 such conversions.


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Another view of 'Black Angel'...


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Sometime in 1943 the 'Parrot' artwork started showing up on Napier's P-40Ns.
These brightly-colored ships are perhaps the most well-known of all stateside P-40s.


From: 'Shark's Teeth Nose Art' by Ethell - Larger Image


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The following three photos were taken during pilot class 43-K's time at Napier in late 1943, early 1944.


From: 'P-40 Warhawk in WWII Color' by Ethell - James G. Weir photo - Larger Image


From: 'P-40 Warhawk in WWII Color' by Ethell - James G. Weir photo - Larger Image



Lieutenant Jim Weir, ready to mount up...


From: 'P-40 Warhawk in WWII Color' by Ethell - James G. Weir photo - Larger Image



The WASP and the Parrothawk

I am fairly sure that this photo shows WASP Kate Lee Harris (Adams) in the cockpit of a 'Parrothawk'
during 1944. Harris graduated as part of class 44-W-2, so it's more than likely that, by the time this photo
was taken, the old SEFTS outfits had given way to squadrons (lettered A,B,C, etc.) of the 2116th AAFBU.


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