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Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk - "Lulu Belle" - Shoreham 2013

Colin  Williams Photography

Wakefield, United Kingdom

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3 Bracketed Exposures processed In Photomatix Pro, Adjusted In Topaz and CS3

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The Hanger 11 P-40 aircraft represents P-40N-1 Warhawk 44-2104590, “Lulu Belle”, flown by 2nd Lieutenant Philip R. Adair, a pilot with the United States Army Air Force’s 89th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group of the 10th Air Force in the China Burma India Theater. The 80th Fighter Group’s main mission was defending military transport aircraft flying from India to China over the Himalayas, an air bridge that was nicknamed “The Hump”, and was the Allies’ primary means of providing resupply the the Chinese fighting the Japanese invasion of their county. Reportedly the 89th painted their aircraft with distinctive white skulls on each side their cowlings to play on Japanese superstitions about death and related symbology. Their P-40s were also fitted with 18 inch air raid sirens to add psychological warfare element to their ground attack missions. It is the sirens that earned the group the nickname the “Burma Banshees”.

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