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LeadSpitter_
02-03-2004, 12:51 AM
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"THE BURMA BANSHEES" The 80th was the first fighter group to be stationed in Burma since the Japanese ran out the famous Flying Tigers in 1942. The 80th fighter group was unmistakably a vital element in the victory in Burma. During its two years in combat, this group, which called itself the Burma Banshees, kept the supply lines open to China while clearing the way for Merrill's Marauders to sweep northern Burma clean of the Japanese. The 80th Pursuit Group was born in the wake of Pearl Harbor shortly after America's entry into World War II. It was commissioned on January 13, 1942 along with dozens of other fighting units under a special order of Congress. Less than a month later, on February 9, 1942, the 80th was activated at Selfridge Field, Michigan, with the 88th, 89th, and 90th Pursuit Squadrons. The first several months of the 80th's history were quite uneventful. Its ranks, almost totally enlisted, performed administrative and organizational functions while waiting for planes and pilots. During this period, on May 12, 1942, the Department of the Army changed the designation of the group and its squadrons from "pursuit" to "fighter." In July of 1942, the pilots arrived and began training, first in the P-47 Thunderbolt and later in the Curtis P-40. By 1943 they were ready for combat. On May 10, the 80th shipped out of New York harbor headed for Karachi, India. From there the journey continued over land. From September, 1943, until March, 1944, the 80th established its base of operations in the Assam Valley just outside of northern Burma. Since its main purpose was the defense of supply routes to China, the majority of missions flown were patrols in support of the cargo airlift over the "Hump" between Assam and Kunming, China. The 80th also provided offensive strikes in the Huwang Valley of northern Burma to protect allied engineers building the Ledo Road, a land supply route through the Burmese Jungle. The official mission of the 80th Fighter Group was soon extended to include offensive strikes in northern Burma to prevent the establishment of enemy bases from which Allied airlift planes might be attacked. Therefore, in the months that followed, the group launched several attacks on Myitkyina Airdrome in an effort to reduce Japanese attacks on the Hump cargo planes. Myitkyina, the only all-weather strip in northern Burma, was the principal Japanese base for the defense of Burma from the north. Japanese opposition was not the only enemy. In the dense jungles temperatures sometimes soared to 140? and the humidity hovered near 100 percent. Crews worked in swarms of beetles, flies, and gnats. At night, sleeping required the use of mosquito netting. Supplies came by ship from half way around the world and were nearly impossible to obtain. Finally, disease and fungi claimed more troops than opposing enemy fire. By the time the 80th Fighter Group left Myitkyina it had compiled an impressive combat record. It launched 18,873 planes on 4,719 missions. Though its primary mission in Burma was the protection of the "Hump" cargo route, the group also played an important role in reopening the Ledo/Burma Road. The 80th destroyed more than 200 bridges and claimed 80 enemy planes destroyed in the air or on the ground. By the spring of 1945, targets were becoming scarce as the war was drawing to a close. Shortly after the end of the war in September, the 80th returned to the United States and was deactivated on November 3, 1945.

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02-03-2004, 12:51 AM
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"THE BURMA BANSHEES" The 80th was the first fighter group to be stationed in Burma since the Japanese ran out the famous Flying Tigers in 1942. The 80th fighter group was unmistakably a vital element in the victory in Burma. During its two years in combat, this group, which called itself the Burma Banshees, kept the supply lines open to China while clearing the way for Merrill's Marauders to sweep northern Burma clean of the Japanese. The 80th Pursuit Group was born in the wake of Pearl Harbor shortly after America's entry into World War II. It was commissioned on January 13, 1942 along with dozens of other fighting units under a special order of Congress. Less than a month later, on February 9, 1942, the 80th was activated at Selfridge Field, Michigan, with the 88th, 89th, and 90th Pursuit Squadrons. The first several months of the 80th's history were quite uneventful. Its ranks, almost totally enlisted, performed administrative and organizational functions while waiting for planes and pilots. During this period, on May 12, 1942, the Department of the Army changed the designation of the group and its squadrons from "pursuit" to "fighter." In July of 1942, the pilots arrived and began training, first in the P-47 Thunderbolt and later in the Curtis P-40. By 1943 they were ready for combat. On May 10, the 80th shipped out of New York harbor headed for Karachi, India. From there the journey continued over land. From September, 1943, until March, 1944, the 80th established its base of operations in the Assam Valley just outside of northern Burma. Since its main purpose was the defense of supply routes to China, the majority of missions flown were patrols in support of the cargo airlift over the "Hump" between Assam and Kunming, China. The 80th also provided offensive strikes in the Huwang Valley of northern Burma to protect allied engineers building the Ledo Road, a land supply route through the Burmese Jungle. The official mission of the 80th Fighter Group was soon extended to include offensive strikes in northern Burma to prevent the establishment of enemy bases from which Allied airlift planes might be attacked. Therefore, in the months that followed, the group launched several attacks on Myitkyina Airdrome in an effort to reduce Japanese attacks on the Hump cargo planes. Myitkyina, the only all-weather strip in northern Burma, was the principal Japanese base for the defense of Burma from the north. Japanese opposition was not the only enemy. In the dense jungles temperatures sometimes soared to 140? and the humidity hovered near 100 percent. Crews worked in swarms of beetles, flies, and gnats. At night, sleeping required the use of mosquito netting. Supplies came by ship from half way around the world and were nearly impossible to obtain. Finally, disease and fungi claimed more troops than opposing enemy fire. By the time the 80th Fighter Group left Myitkyina it had compiled an impressive combat record. It launched 18,873 planes on 4,719 missions. Though its primary mission in Burma was the protection of the "Hump" cargo route, the group also played an important role in reopening the Ledo/Burma Road. The 80th destroyed more than 200 bridges and claimed 80 enemy planes destroyed in the air or on the ground. By the spring of 1945, targets were becoming scarce as the war was drawing to a close. Shortly after the end of the war in September, the 80th returned to the United States and was deactivated on November 3, 1945.

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LeadSpitter_
02-03-2004, 03:50 PM
maybe i should say the p40 won the war to get people to post

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oFZo
02-03-2004, 04:13 PM
Well here ya go sir, a post! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

Nice skins BTW, thanks for the text.

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georgeo76
02-03-2004, 05:52 PM
one of the most interesting reads on this board. Excellent skins as always Spitter. Bump ^ and good work


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VW-IceFire
02-03-2004, 06:55 PM
EXCELLENT quality to this skin...especially since it had to be resampled to get into the game. Excellent quality!

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Sabla
02-03-2004, 10:26 PM
Thanks for this Leadspitter!!
As you can see from my Avatar and Sig-pic, I have an interest in these aircraft.
My father was a Crew Chief in the 88th and I have a few original pics of these very same aircraft as well as other types.
My goal has been to create just such a skin, and I may yet, but at least it is there if I can not successfully pull it off.
I intend to use the original pics to duplicate the originals I have pics of.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

I should point out that the avatar is the symbol of the 89th F.G., it just looks cooler than the one from the 88th. (looks like a propeler in a circular shield) And the sig-pic is not one of my dad's.

http://img7.photobucket.com/albums/v18/revwarnut/P40-skulls-small.jpg
Burma Banshees! 10th AF 88th, 89th & 90th FG
Dad was a Crew Chief in the 88th.

JR_Greenhorn
02-03-2004, 10:35 PM
Kind of makes one anxious to fly the CBI theater in FB, doesn't it?

The description above seems very well suited to FB.



What cargo planes were they flying over the hump in the early war years?
I understand that later they used the B-29s and B-32s to fly-in their own supplies.

Sabla
02-03-2004, 11:00 PM
Check out this link for info on the 10th AF in the CBI theatre.

The C-46 Commando was frequently used for supplies, but the bombers themselves were also used for this purpose.
My father told me that the bombers would not only carry fuel in home-made tanks in the bomb-bays, but would top of to the max in their regular fuel tanks, drain what they didn't need to fly back to the supply base, and return with another load for the fighters use.
http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Quarters/4807

http://img7.photobucket.com/albums/v18/revwarnut/P40-skulls-small.jpg
Burma Banshees! 10th AF 88th, 89th & 90th FG
Dad was a Crew Chief in the 88th.

Sabla
02-03-2004, 11:17 PM
Here is a better link, looks like a re-do of the original I sent. Put together much better, but not a great site.
http://www.10thairforce-cbi.com/88fs.html
The 459th Fighter Squadron was also a part of the 80th F.G. They flew P-38's.

This is a link to the current 10th AF.

I will try to find more.

http://img7.photobucket.com/albums/v18/revwarnut/P40-skulls-small.jpg
Burma Banshees! 10th AF 88th, 89th & 90th FG
Dad was a Crew Chief in the 88th.

LeadSpitter_
02-04-2004, 12:43 AM
thx for the posts sabla, and your sig is what inspired me to look up info on the burma banshees, also if you check the wheels on the p40 i tried to make them look muddy like in your signature graphic

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Sabla
02-04-2004, 10:51 PM
Glad to have inspired you!
My lack of talent with the graphics programs was all that was keeping me from doing it.
How'd you paint on the skulls?
I hit on the idea of trying to past in the pics from an original pic to a bare skin and making it fit, or perhaps tracing an outline etc. Totally inexperianced with these skinning programs, but downloaded Gimp a while back to experiment with. Feel like a total gimp using it though... LOL

http://img7.photobucket.com/albums/v18/revwarnut/P40-skulls-small.jpg
Burma Banshees! 10th AF 88th, 89th & 90th FG
Dad was a Crew Chief in the 88th.

LeadSpitter_
02-06-2004, 02:37 AM
np send me the pics you have of your father and his plane i will make a version and pilot skin of him for you

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Sabla
02-06-2004, 10:39 PM
Nice of you to offer.
I will look for the pics this weekend. Stored them somewhere downstairs.
Actually as a Crew Chief he was not a pilot. A Crew Chief is the head mechanic of a group of mechanics over several aircraft assigned to their care. Of course, they ended up working on other aircraft as well, but certain ones are supposed to be "theirs". This is because the Crew Chief keeps records on the maintenance of each of the aircraft under his care.
I have heard somthing said like "...the plane belongs to the Crew Chief and the pilots just get to borrow them once in a while".
The pilots were assigned certain aircraft and often personalized them, but did not always fly that aircraft in battle. Perhaps theirs was being service during a scheduled mission. Then the pilot would take another aircraft if one was available.
I will scan the pics and post them for all to see, and send you higher resolution ones if you want to skin any of them.
There aren't many, but original pics are interesting to look at and ones from the CBI theatre are even more rare.

http://img7.photobucket.com/albums/v18/revwarnut/P40-skulls-small.jpg
Burma Banshees! 10th AF 88th, 89th & 90th FG
Dad was a Crew Chief in the 88th.

Old_Canuck
02-06-2004, 10:46 PM
Top notch bit of work there LeadSpitter_ Sir.

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