By Carl Molesworth

ISBN-10: 1846034213

ISBN-13: 9781846034213

Staffed with green USAAF pilots and led by way of a handful of professional veterans of the yank Volunteer crew (AVG), the twenty third FG used to be shaped within the box at Kunming, in China, on July four, 1942 and flew strive against missions that very same day. The group's 3 squadrons - the 74th, seventy fifth and 76th Fighter Squadrons - have been at the beginning outfitted with war-weary P-40s passed down from the AVG. those have been supplemented by way of the hooked up sixteenth FS, flying new P-40Es, and all squadrons embellished the noses in their airplanes with fearsome and iconic sharksmouth designs.The twenty third FG fought a guerrilla warfare opposed to the japanese, progressively relocating pilots and plane from one distant air base to a different to maintain the enemy off stability. simply because China might simply be provided by way of air from India, there have been consistent shortages of plane, gas and ammunition with which to contend. The twenty third FG met those demanding situations head-on and via the top of the battle its pilots had compiled a ranking of 594 aerial victories and approximately four hundred flooring kills. one of the forty seven aces who flew within the twenty third have been colourful characters equivalent to David L 'Tex' Hill, Robert L 'Bob' Scott and Clinton D 'Casey'. The human expense was once excessive, besides the fact that - 126 pilots misplaced their lives in China whereas serving within the twenty third.

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Staffed with green USAAF pilots and led by means of a handful of professional veterans of the yankee Volunteer team (AVG), the twenty third FG used to be shaped within the box at Kunming, in China, on July four, 1942 and flew wrestle missions that very same day. The group's 3 squadrons - the 74th, seventy fifth and 76th Fighter Squadrons - have been at first built with war-weary P-40s passed down from the AVG.

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89 w Lt Stephen J Bonner Jr, who was a five-victory ace with the 76th FS, poses in his P-51B (43-7028) in mid- 2Lt Don Lopez's P-40N '194' of the 75th FS got a mouthful of aluminium when a P-51 taxied into it at Yang Tong airfield, Kweilin, on 12 June 1944. The tough P-40 suffered only superficial damage to its cowling, which Lopez recalled was replaced with an unmarked 'bathtub', leaving him a 'toothless tiger' until it was painted several weeks later (Leon Klesman) OJ » -l -l r- 1944. Unfortunately, the tail number z and other possible markings worn by this aeroplane remain unknown (Steve Bonner!

There was a squirrel cage formarion sourh of rhe field wirh eighr "Oscars" chasing rheir rails and edging away from rhe main flghr. My speed was srill up, so I broke inro rhe edge of rheir circle. One rried ro dive our so 1gave him a 30-degree bursr. 1missed, and all ofa sudden rhere were four orher "Oscars" coming in on me from behind. They were shooring, bur rheir deRecrion was off - all trailing. I dived a lirde and anorher P-40 came scooring by and scarrered rhe Japs. I came back over rhe field ar 500 fr and saw a "Tojo" going wesr.

Lt Richard Perkins made it back to Kweilin, but had to belly-land P-40K '102' there. Note the dark border (probably red) on the fighter's national insignia {Victor Gelhausenl after their first pass at a formation of'Oscars'. Lopez rhen sporred a Ki-43 chasing another P-40 and began closing in on ir from behind. The 'Oscar' pilot sporred Lopez and whipped around in a right turn to make a headon pass. Both pilots opcned fire, and Lopez could see his bullers hirring home, but by then the twO aeroplanes were practically on top of each other.

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