Until P-40 was most common USAAF SE fightning fighter?

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  1. Vincenzo

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    Until P-40 was most common USAAF fightning fighters? and what's the most common variant at that time.
     
  2. Vincenzo

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    atm my research put the timeline around november 1943
     
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    Vincenzo, are you asking what was the most common USAAF SE Fighter before the P-40 or what was the most common P-40 Variant?
     
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    i'm asking two question, until P-40 was the most common fighter (so a time) and a that time what's the most common P-40 variant
     
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    If I understand your question correctly. What was in use with the USAAF before the P-40 ? The P-36, I think was the most in numbers.
     
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    no i try again,
    until the P-40 was the most common Usaaf fightning fighter?
    what's the most common variant at that time?
     
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    Anyway, the P-40 was a legend in the early WW2 days. CPT Accart, a french pilot, scoring 12 victories in the battle of France, wondered in his memories "Chasseurs du ciel" (Skyhunters) when the P-40 would be in line.
     
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    there were not P-40 in the BoF, the first use was in north africa in spring '41, and vs french in Syria
     
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    Here’s a list of P-40 models with the number built of each model (not including conversions)
    X-P40 1
    P-40 131
    P-40B 131
    P-40C 193
    Tomahawk I (P-40) 140
    Tomahawk IIA (P-40B) 110
    Tomahawk IIB (P-40C) 930
    P-40D 22
    P-40E 2320
    Kittyhawk I 560
    Kittyhawk IA (P-40E) 1500
    YP-40F 3
    P-40F 1311
    P-40K 1300
    P-40L 700
    P-40M 600
    P-40N 5219
    XP-40Q 1
    Kittyhawk II (P-40F) 250
    Kittyhawk III (P-40K) 595
    Kittyhawk III (P-40M) 595
    Kittyhawk IV (P-40N) 586
     
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    If I understand correctly, Vicenzo is asking: until what date the P-40 was the most common fighter type in USAAC service?
     
  11. Vincenzo

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    good tomo you understand this is the first question

    usaaf was so called from june '41
     
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    A site to bookmark if you haven't already. Includes manufacturing dates for the most common American WWII military aircraft.
    US Warplanes

    By comparing production dates you can get a pretty good idea what aircraft were in service at a certain time. P-39 and P-40 production didn't kick into high gear until 1941. P-38 and P-47 production took off during 1942. P-51B and newer Mustangs were produced from 1943 onward.
     
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    i knewn the site give very limited data, year of start of production for each variant, not enough for a true reply to my question.

    for the most common variant of P-40 around november 1943: i don't think thay P-40N was already in large number in fightning unit so is a choice within F and K variants, unluky in usaaf publications (like air force combat units of ww II) are not indicated variants of fighters used
     
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    Ok using data from America's Hundred Thousand by Francis Dean, total production of the P-40 was not exceeded until March of 1945, and that was by the P-47. Production of the P-40 had ceased in Nov 1944 however not all of then went to the USAAF, the VVS accepted 2,134 (Soviet Air Power in WW2 by Yefim Gordon) and the UK accepted another sizable amount. Numbers below are cumulative.
     

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