Armour Collection B11B544 USAAC Curtiss P-40 Warhawk Fighter - Major John Chennault, 11th Fighter Squadron, 343rd Fighter Group "The Aleutian Tigers" (1:48 Scale)
"Why should we have a navy at all? There are no enemies for it to fight except apparently the Army Air Force."
- General Carl Spaatz, Commander of the US 8th Army Air Force, after WWII
The P-40 was the best known Curtiss-Wright designed airplane of the Second World War. It was also one of the most controversial fighters, vilified by many as being too slow, lacking in maneuverability, having too low a climbing rate, and being largely obsolescent by contemporary standards even before it went into production. The inadequacies of the P-40 were even the subject of a Congressional investigation after the War ended.
While these criticisms were certainly valid, it is also true that the P-40 served its country well, especially in China and Burma, during the opening phase of the War in the Pacific when little else was available to the US Army Air Corps. Along with the P-39 Airacobra, the P-40 was the only American fighter available in quantity to confront the Japanese advance until more modern aircraft could be delivered to frontline squadrons.
This particular 1:48 scale replica of a P-40 Warhawk was flown by Major John Chennault of the 11th Fighter Squadron, 343rd Fighter Group (The "Aleutian Tigers"). Sold Out!
Wingspan: 9-1/4 inches
Length: 7-3/4 inches
Historical Account: "Tiger Lillies" - In the Aleutian Islands off Alaska, the P40Es of the Eleventh Fighter Squadron, 343rd Fighter Group were painted like the Flying Tigers. This was out of respect for AVG Commander General Claire Chennault and for his son John Chennault, who commanded the Eleventh Fighter Squadron,. Know as the “Aleutian Tigers,” and sometimes as the “Bengal Tigers,” the Eleventh Fighter Squadron faced a fierce and entrencehed enemy in bitter arctic weather.
Major John Chennault’s Aleutian Tigers decorated their P40Es in a similar fashion to his father’s Flying Tigers in China. Ten of the Aleutian P-40s moved to Umnak Island in May 1942 and scored one victory during the initial Japanese attack in June of that year. Joined in the 343rd Fighter Group, Eleventh USAAF by the Eighteenth and Fifty-fourth Fighter Squadrons and by 11 Kittyhawks of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s No. 111 Squadron, the Aleutian fighters numbered 80 aircraft by the end of the Japanese occupation of U.S. territory.