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#1 Tolga ULGUR

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 02:33 PM

Hi 

I would like to clarify the scheme of this Warhawk.

Is the scheme correct? 

It seems that lower surfaces color is not correct. Except for the lower surfaces color is this the correct scheme?

Thanks  

 

 

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 07:58 PM

The  aircraft is a Curtiss Kittyhawk IA was built to British specs that was retained by the U.S. 

 

As with the aircraft depicted below Curtiss painted these aircraft with the surrogate RAF colors produced by du Pont.

 

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 07:23 AM

Thanks a lot for your help.

I will add this profile to my bucket list but I want to be sure about some details

Due to the profile no writing of US ARMY on the underside.

Is this correct or this should be added ? Any comments ?

Thanks again


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 06:38 PM

Tolga,

 

As with the photo and the early US national insignia it would more than likely have the U.S. ARMY under the wings along with the gray underside.. HTH.

Cheers, :beer:

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 01:17 AM

As far as the U.S. ARMY marking on the lower wing there are photos of other US appropriated P-40s without the 
marking (John Landers "Texas Longhorn" being one example).

Perhaps a photo will surface?  

Below is the information on the serial number for the particular aircraft in question.
US serial is 41-25125 and the British serial is ET449... 

25125 (ET449, MSN 19144) to New Zealand as NZ3097, handed over from USAAF 68th PS to the RNZAF 15 Sqdn on 27 Oct 27, 1942
at Fua'amotu in the Kingdom of Tonga.
Damaged in forced landing after engine failure. RNZAF Base Ohakea, NZ. Jun 31, 1945.  

Written off the books at Ohakea Aug 6, 1945

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 04:18 AM

The ship was destined for the RAF, so the US Army markings wouldn't (likely) have been applied.


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