No-one seems to have commented on it so far, but the 'Warhawk' at 3.14 and 3.27 is an earlier P-40 variant (`K'?) rather than the 'clear canopy' variants which make up the majority of the machines in the newsreel.
Since it is unlikely that a lone example of an earlier version still be would be front-line service amongst the later versions, can anyone explain the anomaly?
I don't see any early K models. I do see M's (earlier canopy, long tail, cowling air inlet with the small round holes) and I see early N models, probably N-1, which also have the older style canopy.
The early K model has a distinctive shape to the fin and I didn't notice that anywhere in the film, there might be a K-15 in there. There are photos around of NZ3060 (K-15) leading a strike with M models, so there was mixed models operating at the same time
M's, N-1's and N-5's would probably all have been operating together at the same time. They were all the later generation of P-40.
I think (not sure!) that the M and N1 had the same windscreen as the later N5/15/20 with the DV window on the left side of the windshield?? I've seen photos of M models with it or with the older windshield.
They might have been changed in the field as spares were used up.
Last Edit: Dec 27, 2016 7:39:02 GMT 12 by noooby: Atrocious spelling errors and such!
I agree with noooby, there are no 'early' (P-40K, M) on here, would be N-1s and later. This film was made in about May 1944 at Torokina and Piva Bomber strip, by which time the last of the Ms had long ago returned to the rear area (Espiritu Santo or Guadalcanal) or NZ, and the Ks well before that. All the earlier aircraft at Guadalcanal with 1 SU (and swapped to 2 SU in early October 1943 at Ondonga, New Georgia) were numbered from "1" upwards, and all aircraft up to "47" were Ks and Ms. By December 1943 the final Ms in service at Ondonga (and staging through Torokina on the way to escort bombers to Rabaul) were aircraft coded 18 (3071), 19 (3072), 31 (3079), 34 (3112), 43 (presume 3085) and 45 (thought to be 3087), with the last recorded by 16 Squadron pilots being 18 and 45 on the 19th December. Thereafter only P-40Ns were in use in the forward area. David D