Rare Photo: 8th PG Pilots, Mitchel Field 1941

zoomer

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7"x9" print at auction on eBay

The 8th Pursuit Group was responsible for the air defense of New York City, then as now the photo op capital of the world. Thus this wire service glossy, taken at Mitchel Field April 20, 1941.
The 8th PG was the first Air Corps unit to get the P-40, the very first version of late 1940 with no pilot armor, self-sealing tanks, or suffix (not a P-40B, C or E - just P-40).
It would have been the equipment for these pilots from the 35th Squadron, the "Black Panthers" (later "Pantons"), here getting a briefing from a captain who's presumably a ground officer.

Gearheads please note the folding-bridge sunglasses on 4 of the pilots and the captain's very pre-war bullion lapel insignia ("US" over prop wings).
Jacketheads, any guess as to the color, make or whatever of the A-2 shown? Keep in mind no wartime contracts have been let yet!


DUI of the 8th PG

Gum card of 35th PS crest
 

zoomer

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Neat-o factoid:
21st Century Toys is doing (or did*) a 1/18 scale model P-40 done up in 8th PG colors.

They call it the "Langley Field" edition. The 8th was based there when they began taking delivery of the Tommyhawk in the fall of 1940.
Squadron insignia is that of the 33rd.


*I say "did" because pre WW2 models of WW2 planes tend to get deleted very quickly...hmm, just like the real things... :|
 

Roughwear

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shanghai joe said:
A2 possibly a spiewark/Doni as the collar points pretty sharp and collar height pretty low....hi ho (so it rhymes)
Definitely not. Spiewak and Doniger contracts date from 1942 with production lasting into 1943.
 

shanghai joe

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Roughwear said:
shanghai joe said:
A2 possibly a spiewark/Doni as the collar points pretty sharp and collar height pretty low....hi ho (so it rhymes)
Definitely not. Spiewak and Doniger contracts date from 1942 with production lasting into 1943.
ok..so I had a brain fart :oops:
 
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