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 upon disbandment, How many original P-40's were still flying? (9 Replies, Read 10169 times)
susan_jimison
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Is there record of how many P-40's of the original 100 (less one that dropped in the water when unloading crates) were still in use upon disbandment.

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mayor
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If I agreed with you, then we'd both be wrong
And, while we're at it, now many P40Es made it from Africa before the AVG disbanded and how many of those were still serviceable?
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According to Chennault's book there were 31  Tomahawks (P-40B) and 20 Kitty Hawks (P-40E), of which only 29 were flyable.  Many of the 31 tomahawks were eventually made to fly and were assigned to the kindergarten squadron (74th Fighter Sqdn. of the 23rd Fighter Group) and not until Dec. 1943 did the last P-40B of AVG vintage reach the Kunming salvage yard.

I did read somewhere that a few of the P-40B war wearies made it to India as trainers.

Only a wing was dropped into the harbor and after a while there were spare parts to make the remaining fuselage flyable.

I believe that about 30 to 35 P-40Es made it from Africa with some being caught on the ground after they arrived and others shot down by ground fire with probably some being disabled by accidents.
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susan_jimison
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Great information! I appreciate your help. There is a lot of AVG stuff out there but that is not  so I thank you.
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aaatripp
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According to Robert M. Smith, HQ Staff, at least 33 P-40Es were ferried in to the AVG.  12 of these were ferried in by AVG pilots from Africa to Kunming in the spring of '42.  The numbering of these new a/c was 101-134.

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aaatripp
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cousin of Maax C. Hammer, Jr., AVG 22Sep41 RIP
I can also confirm 51 P-40s (B & E models) inheirited from the AVG by the newly stood up 23rd Fighter Group.

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susan_jimison
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Great Tripp! That is more than I thought.
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aaatripp
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BenL gives a breakdown between the B & E models......

In any case, it was a tired lot of aircraft....rode hard & put away very wet!!

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kkennedy
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hi to all . im a new member here and i have photos from my fathers collection of the planes in there crates and many more of his time in berma/china with the tigers
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aaatripp
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Hi kkennedy.  What was your father's name and when did he serve in the CBI?
Thanks.


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