Curtiss P-36 Hawk photo gallery

Curtiss H-81A Hawk - Tomahawk photo gallery

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk photo gallery

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk photo gallery

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6th Fighter Sqn - 12th Fighter Sqn - 18th Fighter Sqn - 45th Fighter Sqn - 46th Fighter Sqn - 47th Fighter Sqn - 72nd Fighter Sqn - 78th Fighter Sqn

 P-40E Warhawk 15FG72FS Pilot James Beckwith Hawaii Jan 1942 00

Profile 01: P-40E (serial unknown) of 1Lt James 0 Beckwith, CO of the 72nd FS/15th FG, Hawaii, January 1942. Only small-mouth P-40Bs and Cs (plus P-36s) equipped Hawaiian pursuit squadrons at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack. This P-40E was delivered soon after, and it boasts the very short-lived red and white pre-war-style rudder stripes. The thin stripe on the fin is probably the beginning of a command marking. Beckwith, who named all his aircraft Squirt in honor of his daughter, rose to command the 15th FG during its very long range escort operations from Iwo Jima in Mustangs during 1945.

Osprey - P-40 Warhawk Aces of the Pacific (Aircraft of the Aces 55)

 Curtiss P-40K Warhawk 15th Fighter Group 6th Night Fighter Squadron Code 18 was launched from the USS Breton CVE-23 on Dec 10, 1943

Curtiss P-40K Warhawk 15th Fighter Group 6th Night Fighter Squadron Code 18 was launched from the USS Breton CVE-23 on Dec 10, 1943 and was sent to reinforce the US air defences at Canton Island in the Phoenix Island Group. Camouflage Sand FS30279 Olive Drab FS34087 upper surfaces and Neutral Gray FS36173 Under surface. Returned to USA Apr 26, 1944, Scrapped - Salvaged on May 1944.

USS Breton (CVE-23) (previously AVG-23 then ACV-23) was an escort carrier of the United States Navy.


  USS Breton (CVE-23) was a Bogue class escort carrier of the United States Navy

Breton launched on 27 June 1942 by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding of Tacoma, Washington under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. A. H. Rooks, widow of Captain Rooks; and commissioned on 12 April 1943, Captain E. C. Ewen in command.

Service History

Throughout her World War II service, Breton operated with the Carrier Transport Squadron, Pacific Fleet. Her sailings carried her throughout the Pacific supplying men, materiel, and aircraft to units of the fleet engaged in making strikes on the enemy. While engaged in these duties, Breton took part in the capture and occupation of Saipan (11 June–10 August 1944); the Battle of the Philippine Sea (19–20 June); the 2nd Bonins raid (24 June); and the assault and occupation of Okinawa (6-7 April 1945).

Upon her return to the west coast in January 1946 after serving as a unit of the Far Eastern occupation forces, Breton prepared for inactivation at Tacoma, and went out of commission in reserve there on 30 August 1946. She was reclassified CVHE-23 on 12 June 1955. On 1 July 1958, she was redesignated as a utility carrier, CVU-23, and then again on 7 May 1959 as an aviation transport, T-AKV-42. Breton was put out of service in 1971 and stricken for disposal on 6 August 1972, where she was subsequently sold for scrap.

 Curtiss P-40K Warhawk 51FG25FS W13 Assam India 1944 01

'Jinx' of the 51st Fighter Group flying out of the Assam Valley In the CBI went the others one better and created a saber-toothed shark-mouth. But instead of a mean look, it gives the impression that they have dined well. [USAF]

 Curtiss P-40K Warhawk 15FG78FS Pilot Robert Todd Moore Kauai, Hawaii Sep 1943 00

Profile 00: P-40K-1 42-45746 White 33 of 1Lt Robert W Todd Moore, 78th FS/15th FG, Kauai, Hawaii, Summer 1943. Moore arrived in Hawaii in September 1942 fresh from flight training and flew P-40s in the islands for more than a year before moving to the Gilbert and Marshall islands. This well-worn P-40K - the first of Moores seven Stingers carries the markings of the 78th FS/15th FG. Moore scored his first victory on 26 January 1944 while flying P-40Ns with the 45th FS. In 1945, flying Mustangs on very long range operations from Iwo Jima, he claimed 11 more confirmed victories to become the top scoring pilot in the Seventh Air Force.

Leading Ace of the 7th FC Passes - GLASGOW KY — Robert Wilson 'Todd' Moore, 81, of Glasgow died April 21, 2003
The Louisville native graduated from Anchorage High School and attended Duke University. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran and was a highly decorated 'Ace' fighter pilot, serving in the South Pacific. His last assignment was commanding officer of the 45th Fighter Squadron at Iwo Jima. He later activated the Kentucky Air National Guard Fighter Squadron in 1949. He was actively engaged in promoting private, business and pleasure flying and was chairman of the Glasgow Airport Board from 1957 to 1967, when he was named commissioner of Aeronautics for Kentucky. He was managing partner and president of L.L. Morris Supply Co., a crude oil supply business in Glasgow, Greensburg, Greenville and Beattyville and was past president of Kentucky Oil and Gas Association. He was the son of the late Henry W. and Kate Bell Moore.

Osprey - P-40 Warhawk Aces of the Pacific (Aircraft of the Aces 55)

 Curtiss P-40K Warhawk 15FG78FS White 51 India 1943 00

Profile 00: P-40K USAAF serial number 42-48217, 78th Fighter Squadron in 1945. Camouflage was sand 26, dark green 30, neutral grey.

 Curtiss P-40N Warhawk 15FG45FS Pilot Butler Gilbert Islands 1944 00

Profile 00: P-40N-5 42-105109 of 1Lt Dwight R Bob Butler, 45th FS/15th FG, Apemama, Gilbert Islands, February 1944. The P-40Ns operated in the Gilbert Islands by the 45th FS/ 15th FG were notable for their unusual camouflage scheme, which was apparently chosen to blend with the sand on the barren islands. Butler and the other 45th pilots flew mostly ground attack missions during the campaign, but on 26 January 1944 they had a fierce encounter with Japanese fighters while escorting B-25s attacking Taroa airfield, on Maleolap Atoll. Butler claimed one confirmed victory in the fight, his only one of the war. 'TWEEDIE II' was the second fighter which Butler named after his wife.
Osprey - P-40 Warhawk Aces of the Pacific (Aircraft of the Aces 55)

 Curtiss P-40N Warhawk 15FG45FS 42-105110 Gilbert Islands 1944 01

Photo 01: P-40N USAAF serial number 42-105110, 45th Fighter Squadron (15th Fighter Group), Coral Islands, Kiribati Archipelago, Pacific sector, September 1943. Camouflage was sand 26 and pale blue for the belly.

 Curtiss P-40N Warhawk 15FG45FS Coral Islands, Kiribati Archipelago 1943 01-02

Photo 01-02: P-40N USAAF serial number 42-105112, 45th Fighter Squadron (15th Fighter Group), Coral Islands, Kiribati Archipelago, Pacific sector, September 1943. Camouflage was sand 26 and pale blue for the belly.

 Curtiss P-40N Warhawk 15FG45FS Coral Islands, Kiribati Archipelago, Pacific 1943

P-40N USAAF serial number 42-105113, 45th Fighter Squadron (15th Fighter Group), Coral Islands, Kiribati Archipelago, Pacific sector, September 1943. Camouflage was sand 26 and pale blue for the belly.

 Curtiss P-40N Warhawk 15FG45FS Coral Islands, Kiribati Archipelago, Pacific Sep 1943 01

Photo 01: P-40N USAAF serial number 42-105121, 45th Fighter Squadron (15th Fighter Group), Coral Islands, Kiribati Archipelago, Pacific sector, September 1943. Camouflage was sand 26 and pale blue for the belly.

 Curtiss P-40N Warhawk 15FG45FS Coral Islands, Kiribati Archipelago, Pacific Sep 1943

P-40N USAAF serial number 42-105172, 45th Fighter Squadron (15th Fighter Group), Coral Islands, Kiribati Archipelago, Pacific sector, September 1943. Camouflage was sand 26 and pale blue for the belly.

 Curtiss P-40N Warhawk 15FG45FS Coral Islands, Kiribati Archipelago, Pacific Sep 1943 00

Profile 00: P-40N USAAF serial number 42-105173, 45th Fighter Squadron (15th Fighter Group), Coral Islands, Kiribati Archipelago, Pacific sector, September 1943. Camouflage was sand 26 and pale blue for the belly.

 Curtiss P-40N Warhawk 15FG45FS Coral Islands, Kiribati Archipelago, Pacific Sep 1943

P-40N USAAF serial number 42-105174, 45th Fighter Squadron (15th Fighter Group), Coral Islands, Kiribati Archipelago, Pacific sector, September 1943. Camouflage was sand 26 and pale blue for the belly.

 

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15th Fighter Group

Constituted as 15th Pursuit Group (Fighter) on 20 Nov 1940. Activated in Hawaii on 1 Dec 1940. Redesignated 15th Pursuit Group (Interceptor) in Feb 1942, and 15th Fighter Group in May 1942. Served as part of the defense force for the Hawaiian Islands, using A-12, OA-9, B-12, P-36, P-39, and P-40 aircraft. The Japanese attack on Hawaii on 7 Dec 1941 caused numerous casualties in the group and destroyed many of its aircraft; nevertheless, during the raid several of the group's pilots succeeded in taking off and in destroying some enemy planes, including four shot down by Lt George Welch and two credited to Lt Kenneth M Taylor. Afterward the group, which was remanned, reorganized, and assigned to Seventh AF, remained part of the Hawaiian defense system. Sent squadrons (including some that had been attached) to the Central or South Pacific at various times for operations against the Japanese. Began training in Apr 1944 for very-long-range escort missions. Obtained P-51 aircraft late in 1944. Moved to Iwo Jima in Feb 1945. Supported the invasion force on Iwo early in Mar by bombing and strafing trenches, cave entrances, troop concentrations, and storage areas. Began strikes against enemy airfields, shipping, and military installations in the Bonin Islands by the middle of Mar. Flew its first mission to Japan on 7 Apr 1945, receiving a DUC for escorting 8=29's that bombed the Nakajima aircraft plant near Tokyo. Struck Japanese airfields on Kyushu late in Apr and early in May 1945 to curtail the enemy's suicide attacks against the invasion force at Okinawa. Also hit enemy troop trains, small factories, gun positions, and hangars in the Bonins and Japan. Assigned to Twentieth AF during the summer of 1945. Continued its fighter sweeps against Japanese airfields and other targets, and flew longrange escort missions to Japanese cities until the end of the war. Transferred, without personnel and equipment, in Nov 1945 to Hawaii, where the group was remanned and re-equipped. Inactivated on 15 Oct 1946.

Redesignated 15th Fighter Group (Air Defense). Activated in the US on 18 Aug 1955. Assigned to Air Defense Command.

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6th Fighter Sqn - 12th Fighter Sqn - 18th Fighter Sqn - 45th Fighter Sqn - 46th Fighter Sqn - 47th Fighter Sqn - 72nd Fighter Sqn - 78th Fighter Sqn

Squadrons. 6th: 1943-1944. 12th: 1942. 18th: 1943-1944. 45th: 1940-1946. 46th: 1940-1944. 47th: 1940-1946; 1955-. 78th: 1943-1946.

Stations. Wheeler Field, TH, 1 Dec 1940; Bellows Field, TH, 3 Jun 1944-5 Feb 1945; South Field, Iwo Jima, 6 Mar 1945; Bellows Field, TH, 25 Nov 1945; Wheeler Field, TH, Feb-15 Oct 1946. Niagara Falls Mun Aprt, NY, 18 Aug 1955-.

Commanders. Maj Clyde K Rich, 1 Dec 1940; Maj Lorry N Tindal, 6 Dec 1940; Lt Col Paul W Blanchard, 20 Sep 1941; Lt Col William 5 Steele, 12 Feb 1942; Lt Col Sherwood E Buckland, 5 Mar 1943; Col James O Beckwith Jr, 27 Sep 1943; Lt Col DeWitt S Spain, 16 Apr 1945; Lt Col Julian E Thomas, 17 May 1945 Col John W Mitchell, 21 Jul 1945; Col William Eades, c. Nov 1945; Col Oswald W Lunde, 25 Nov 1945-15 Oct 1946. Col Stanley E Matthews, 1955-.

Campaigns. Central Pacific; Air Offensive, Japan.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: Japan, 7 Apr 1945.

Insigne Shield: Or, on a bend azure, two (2) terrestrial lightning flashes issuant from base of the first, over all a gunsight counterchanged. Motto: Prosequor Alibi - Pursue with Wings. (Approved - Oct 1942.)

 Curtiss P-40 Warhawk and Kittyhawk
 

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 Coral Islands, Kiribati Archipelago Map

 

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