P-40 Tiger Shark in RAF...

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  1. Maestro

    Maestro Active Member

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    Greetings ladies and gentlemen.

    I heard somewhere that the RAF used some P-40s during WW II. Is it true ? If yes, in wich teather and in wich role were they used ?
     
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    The Brits did indeed have P-40s, but they were called the Tomahawk. They flew with the No. 112 squadron in the Desert Air Force in North Africa. It was the British that first used the sharks mouth on the P-40 also. Later versions in RAF service were called the Kittyhawk. I am not sure of the operational usage of the Kittyhawks, but doubt that they were used in the European Theater.
     
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    The RCAF flew some Kittyhawks too, but mostly for home defence duties in Canada.
     
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    Yes, they also received some instructional airframes.
     
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    Good. Thank you for your help.
     
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    Try looking up Billy Drake of 112 Squadron RAF, that should give you quite a few shark mouths on P-40s
     
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    The Tomahawk saw limited use by the RAF in low-level reconnaissance sorties over occupied Europe until 1943.

    However, most of the Tomahawks and Kittyhawks operated by the RAF were used in the MTO, along with some Australian and South African units.

    The following are Commonwealth squadrons which used the P-40 in the MTO:

    94 Sqn RAF
    112 Sqn RAF
    250 Sqn RAF
    260 Sqn RAF

    3 Sqn RAAF
    450 Sqn RAAF

    2 Sqn SAAF
    4 Sqn SAAF
    5 Sqn SAAF


    The P-40 was used by the Australians and New Zealanders in their own back yard:

    75 Sqn RAAF
    76 Sqn RAAF
    77 Sqn RAAF
    78 Sqn RAAF
    80 Sqn RAAF
    82 Sqn RAAF
    84 Sqn RAAF
    86 Sqn RAAF

    14 Sqn RNZAF
    15 Sqn RNZAF
    16 Sqn RNZAF
    17 Sqn RNZAF
    18 Sqn RNZAF
    19 Sqn RNZAF
    20 Sqn RNZAF


    An incomplete list of other non-US users...

    Brazil

    China:

    American Volunteer Group

    Canada:

    12 Sqn RCAF
    111 Sqn RCAF
    118 Sqn RCAF
    132 Sqn RCAF
    133 Sqn RCAF
    135 Sqn RCAF

    France

    Holland:

    120 Sqn NEIAF (Netherlands East Indies Air Force)

    Turkey

    USSR:

    126th IAP
    154th IAP
    159th IAP
    964th IAP

    For a good bit of info on P-40s in the Soviet VVS and PVO, look HERE.

    The P-40 was captured in varying numbers by all of the the axis powers and one example, a Soviet P-40M, was also captured by Finland.


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    Thanks for those informations, Black Wolf. :D
     
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    For a brief history of the RCAF squadrons listed visit http://www.rcaf.com/squadrons/index.php

    These squadrons were used as home defense fighter squadrons(west coast). When they went overseas their designation changed.
     
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    I think that the p40 was quite good and doesn't get enough credit. It was quite manuerable and with a speed of 363mph.
     
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    you're right about her not getting enough credit but she was outclassed by many planes..........
     
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    Definitley, after she was outclassed as a fighter she was an excellent fighter-bomber
     
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    The P-40 was outclassed, but vital in the early years of the Pacific.
     
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    The P-40 wasn't a bad plane below about 15,000ft. It could mix it up with the German and italian fighters until about '43 when the airframe ran out of modifiability - even the Merlin wasn't quite enough to boost it's performance. Again a lack of a good supercharger hurt it when it was needed most.
     
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    I like to think of it as the USAAF's equivalent of the Hurricane.
     
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    Shame they didn't put a Merlin 61 in like the Mustang, it might have had the same effect! I agree with the Hurricane statement.

    Have you heard of the P40Q looks nothing like the original but had a max speed of 423mph!
     
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    No I havent, sounds good though! 8)
     
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    Guess what engine it used? ;)
     
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    R-2800? Im guessing it was a radial.
     
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    Actually, it was the Allison V-1710-121 with two stage supercharger.
     
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