PDA

View Full Version : Tuskegee P-40s. Red tails too?



Captain_Avatar
02-26-2004, 03:15 PM
I know the Tuskegee airmen painted the tails of their P-39s, P-47s and P-51s red, but what about the P-40s they flew??

Captain_Avatar
02-26-2004, 03:15 PM
I know the Tuskegee airmen painted the tails of their P-39s, P-47s and P-51s red, but what about the P-40s they flew??

horseback
02-26-2004, 03:43 PM
Working from memory of a model I built for a friend 8 years ago, the P-40L models the 99th FS flew were painted in the Desert camoflauge scheme of midstone & dark earth over light blue, had red spinners like every other Med based fighter, and if I remember correctly, had a diagonal white stripe from near the top of the tail to the bottom of the rudder. They may have had yellow stripes on the wings, like the white stripes used on ETO Mustangs, but I not sure.

The guy to get in on this subject is Bearcat99. He'll correct my errors and fill in the gaps for sure.

cheers

horseback

"Here's your new Mustangs, boys. You can learn to fly'em on the way to the target. Cheers!" -LTCOL Don Blakeslee, 4th FG CO, February 27th, 1944

p1ngu666
02-26-2004, 05:22 PM
yeah, he should know. its bloody impossible to find pictures of non p51 tuskegee stuff http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-mad.gif http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

http://www.pingu666.modded.me.uk/mysig3.jpg

MandMs
02-26-2004, 06:20 PM
A pic of Diez's P-40(99th FS) has no red tail. Only the white number of his a/c, (4)2-10855 on the tail. The unit code was a small white A and large white 3. A/c letter was a large white 3 after the star. (complete code was A33) a/c painted standard American green.

Other P-40s were painted in normal desert camo but had a British fin flash on the fin. Some with no serial numbe, other with a partial and others with the whole number(usually yellow).



I eat the red ones last.

Bearcat99
02-26-2004, 09:28 PM
Mand is right... They didnt have Redtails then. Some of them had the yellow strioes on the wings.....most of them had the A on them which was the 99th's designation. Even the P-51s had the A...... at least the 99th ones did..but by the time they got the P-51s the 99th was part of the 332ndFG... which comprised the 99th,100th,301st & 302nd FSs. When they were flying Merlin powered P-40Ls in Tunisia they were still flying with the 33rdFG under Col. Bill "Spike" Moymer... Thier first mission to the island of Panteleria was flown with P-40Ls as wingmen to the more experienced 33rd, a straffing and bomb run mission. Initially thier planes were silver...then they were painted to that greyish green with the red spinner mentioned earlier.

<UL TYPE=SQUARE>http://www.jodavidsmeyer.com/combat/bookstore/tuskegeebondposter.jpg (http://tuskegeeairmen.org/airmen/who.html)[/list]<UL TYPE=SQUARE>vflyer@comcast.net [/list]<UL TYPE=SQUARE>99thPursuit Squadron IL2 Forgotten Battles (http://www.geocities.com/rt_bearcat)[/list]
UDQMG (http://www.uberdemon.com/index2.html) | HYPERLOBBY (http://hyperfighter.jinak.cz/) | IL2 Manager (http://www.checksix-fr.com/bibliotheque/detail_fichier.php?ID=1353) | MUDMOVERS (http://www.mudmovers.com/)