Interesting Dave, that well known shot of Gloria is also captioned as being at Torokina (NZ Wings February 87 Page 27) So is Bouganville or Guadalcanal?
The photo with the roundel sign, which I have listed as Kukudu, I wonder if that was the traditional red/white/ blue roundel (which it seems to be) or Blue/white/blue? I see it has "No 1 SU RNZAF" marked on it
That tail marking you mention is also on Gloria. My guess is they sprayed the fins without the fairings being fitted.
Post by Dave Homewood on Sept 10, 2011 13:34:41 GMT 12
By the way if these photos had been Keith's brother's, or official ones he'd picked up from others then I think he can be excused for having the wrong placenames in his album. I guess in the olden days the RNZAF may have considered Torokina to be in the Solomons?
Note the dark stripe where the white fins meet the fuselage on the two foreground P-40's. Were they deliberate markings or co-incidental repair points?
I think the darker area you're seeing is actually shadow and that the aircraft both wore the camo on the lower segment of the fin. Don't know why that should be, unless the fuselage contours visible at the front of the fin on the nearest aircraft resulted in an awkward masking job if the white extended lower down.
Agree with Shorty on this one. The white does not extend on to the fairing. It is quite obvious on other "white tail P40 aircraft as well.
On the P40 N ( and other long tail P40's), the vertical is set about 3 inches higher. The vertical is the same as earlier aircraft but there is a spacer between the horizontal and the vertical. This extra height is covered by larger fairings.