Gunboards Forums banner

1 - 20 of 22 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,533 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
From Dad's collection. Somewhere in the CBI. I have no idea where.
(these are clickable thumbnails)
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. :)
 

·
Moderator/Gold Bullet member
Joined
·
8,789 Posts
Great pics, thanks!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
490 Posts
Thanks for sharing!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,533 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
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. :(
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
From Dad's collection. Somewhere in the CBI. I have no idea where.
(these are clickable thumbnails)
The fighters. (ok. Which model P40?)
QUOTE]

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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,992 Posts
Details are hard to see on the P-40, but would guess it most likely the "N" model in the 43-45 time period.

edit-The more I look at it, looks like it could be a P-40K too.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,992 Posts
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!
P-40.jpg
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
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 !
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,992 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
Yes, I also had noticed that inlet panel :thumbsup:
Some N had 4 guns, but most CBI P-40N used the 6 guns configuration.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
847 Posts
The B-25 could have been used as a "assembly" plane.
Too worn to carry bombs , they were used for bomb groups to assemble on before leaving.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
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 !
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,533 Posts
Discussion Starter #16
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;
P47 enhanced.jpg

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

CBI MP collage 2.jpg A montage of some of Dad's things.

Bullsheet 1a.jpg 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. CBI roundup.jpg
The tall beauty in the slinky gown was the dream...
venus.jpg
Forget all the gorgeous actresses in tight outfits frequently portrayed as military nurses in film and TV. Below is the reality!
bWacs.jpg
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
Thanks, nothernug !
Interesting !
This P-47 #22 had a name painteed on its cowling.
Difficult to read it: could be JANETTE or ...EEN... or else ?:confused:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,427 Posts
A local guys remains were recovered a few years ago in that area.
There are still family members including a sister, here.
Still many waiting to be found there.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
684 Posts
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
 
1 - 20 of 22 Posts
Top