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From Dad's collection. Somewhere in the CBI. I have no idea where.
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The fighters. (ok. Which model P40?)


Transports


B25s. No guns? no navigator/bombadier canopy? Anybody recognise the checkerboard sheme?


And this tall fellow is Dad. :)
 

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Great pics, thanks!
 

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China-Burma-India,
25 must be some Generals personal transport aircraft?
Dad was ther 1943-'45. Unfortunately he died in '84. Ohhhh the questions I have now. :(
 

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From Dad's collection. Somewhere in the CBI. I have no idea where.
(these are clickable thumbnails)
The fighters. (ok. Which model P40?)
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Sorry for the late answer, nothernug.
Your Dad was in CBI as this P-47D #22 belongs to the 88th Fighter Squadron of the 80th Fighter Group "Burma Banshees".
There is a Facebook group about this unit, and I wrote an article about the P-40 they flew. Your P-40 picture has no markings to identify it.... too bad.
I also started a Burma Banshees Blog to share pictures & infos. You're welcome to join ! Best wishes.
 

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Seems to be a P-40N-5, with the "greenhouse" rear part canopy & long tail. :)


Yes, the canopy was the thing I was looking at most. The angle makes it hard to tell if the longer fuselage is present. The K had a slightly different tail fin shape at the base of the fuselage, but that point is not visible in the photo. The N series rear canopy has a straight lower edge, while the photo seems to have the earlier type "teardrop" shaped rear canopy. It's very hard to see with the canopy glare in the photo. Here are the two models to compare. K-middle, N-bottom. I have also read that the K series was used in the CBI by USAAF. By the way, nice set of photos Nug!
 

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You're right, Stan61 !
My mistake ;) the close-up enlargement leaves no doubt: this is a P-40N-1 with the earlier canopy design. And it seems to be a long tail version, too.
Thanks !

Yes, just also noticed the cooling inlet panel just ahead of the exhaust pipes. That didn't start until the M model, so that rules out K model as well. Did the N-1 have 4 or 6 .50's? Seems like they went back and fourth on the number of guns in the N series.
 

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Agree with Dan44: the nice & large markings on this B-25 were most probably applied on a "hack" aircraft (unarmed liaison aircraft used for transporting VIP, etc).
No "assembly ships" needed in the CBI (AFAIK): they were used to assemble the huge formations of 8th AF bombers.
14thAF B-25 missions were mostly low-level.
Would be nice to have more infos about that strange bird, however !
 

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Whats the CBI?
CBI- China, Burma, India "theater of operations." That's not an infrequent reaction and so it was even back then. My dad told me they used to call themselves the "FBI" the "Forgotten Bas---ds of India."
Just a few more pics to pass the time...

Another view of that Jug;


A Brit Sub. I think they were passing through a canal, Suez, Panama, other? I don't know.

A montage of some of Dad's things.

The title page of a camp magazine(?) I just found some info on this! <http://www.cbi-theater.com/bullsheet/bull_sheet_menu.html>

The following are from the "CBI Round up", the theater's paper.

The tall beauty in the slinky gown was the dream...

Forget all the gorgeous actresses in tight outfits frequently portrayed as military nurses in film and TV. Below is the reality!
 

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Still many waiting to be found there.
Indeed, there is currently over 72,000 Americans still MIA from WW2 alone.

http://www.dpaa.mil/Our-Missing/World-War-II/

http://www.dpaa.mil/Our-Missing/World-War-II/Service-Personnel-Not-Recovered-Following-WWII/


MIA information related to the Vietnam war:

https://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/powmia-home.html


A great-uncle and his aircrew from torpedo squadron VT-10 are still MIA during WW2 while participating in Operation HAILSTONE in February 1944; may he and all other brave souls Rest in Peace:

https://www.abmc.gov/node/462927

http://www.cv6.org/1944/truk/default.htm

http://www.cv6.org/company/muster/casualty.asp?s=19440216&e=19440217
 
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