Need help about this P-39Q...

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  1. Aramis

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    Hello, guys... Just bought this 1:32 P-39 Airacobra from "Forces of Valor". It pictures the "Saga Boy" Airacobra piloted by Lt. Col. Edwin Chickering, from 357th FG. The manufacturer says it's a P-39Q, but the internet articles I've searched points it as a P-39N. Besides, it's not clear if this specific machine saw combat. Most articles about P-39 say that the 357th FG pilots who saw combat used P-40 later in 1941. Does anybody know anything else about this aircraft? Thanks in advance...
     

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    The prevalent Airacobra model in 1941 would have been the P-39D
    The P-39F began to appear in significant numbers in 1942
    The P-39N and Q were the two principal production run models (the Q being more numerous) and started arriving in 1943. I know the French received them in North Africa.

    From what I can gather, the 357th FG was activated at Hamilton Field, California, formed on 16 December 1942 at Tonopah, Nevada where it commenced training on P-39s. They left for the UK and the 9th AF at the end of the same year, based at Raydon. They transferred to the 8th AF in January 1944.

    I get a mention for Chickering as a CO for the 357th but no mention (and I'm not expecting to find one) of him flying any version of the P-39 in ops over the ETO.
     
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    Thanks a lot, fellows! Very clarifying.
     
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