Pacific Profiles Volume 11. Allied Fighters: USAAF P-40 Warhawk series South and Southwest Pacific 1942-1945

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Michael John Claringbould
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Paperback Pages: 108
Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
Provided by: Casemate Publishers - Website: Visit Site

The ongoing Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII profiles of aircraft which served throughout Australia, New Guinea and the South Pacific. This Volume 11 covers the P-40 Warhawk series, which served with a dozen USAAF Fifth and Thirteenth Air Force fighter and reconnaissance squadrons, service units, combat replacement pools and other miscellaneous units.

Most profiles are presented for the first time, alongside markings derivations, including squadron heraldry and codes. Frequent airframe reassignments between units resulted in wide-ranging and oft-changing unit markings and nose art. Until now there has been a paucity of material about several units, particularly those in the Thirteenth Air Force. This volume also rectifies past mistakes which continue to be perpetrated, especially those representing the early Australian theater.

Wide ranging primary reference material is cited including official Australian assignment data, squadron records, color slides and movies, maintenance logs, diaries, wreck site inspections and factory specifications. A brief history of each unit and the rationale of its unit markings accompanies the text.

The author is world-renowned for his expertise on the Pacific air war. Never before have USAAF Pacific P-40s and their colorful artwork been illustrated with such accuracy and detail.

As with each other book in the “Pacific Profiles” series, this is logically and concisely organized. Each chapter covers a specific squadron, starting with a brief history of the unit, including period photos. This is followed by 1-4 pages of color profiles drawings of the units’ P40s, with a page opposing each profile with information specific to the corresponding machines. The chapters then conclude with several pages of wartime photos of the squadrons’ machines.

Table of Contents

  • About the Author
  • Introduction
  • Glossary and Abbreviations
  • Chapter 1 – Markings and Technical Notes
  • Chapter 2 – The First P-40s in Australia
  • Chapter 3 – 7th Fighter Squadron “Screamin’ Demons”
  • Chapter 4 – 8th Fighter Squadron “The Blacksheep”
  • Chapter 5 – 9th Fighter Squadron “Flying Knights”
  • Chapter 6 – 35th Fighter Squadron “Black Panthers”
  • Chapter 7 – 44th Fighter Squadron “Vampires”
  • Chapter 8 – 68th Fighter Squadron
  • Chapter 9 – 110th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron “Musketeers”
  • Chapter 10 – 312th Bombardment Group
  • Chapter 11 – Unique Warhawks
  • Sources & Acknowledgments
  • Index of Names

As with all the books in this series and the specific aircraft they address, it is an invaluable resource to those modelling the P-40 Warhawk. Meticulously researched and well-laid out, modelers and historians alike will appreciate it.

My thanks and gratitude to Casemate Publishers and IPMS/USA for the review sample.


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