Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 9, 2019 14:08:16 GMT 12
Relating to the Tongan P-40E's, though later in their service when they were at Espiritu Santo...
This is a well known RNZAF Official photo on NZ3094 at Santo:
But just now I spotted this photo posted to Facebook and mistakenly credited as being a Curtiss PR shot taken in Rangoon. It's clearly two RNZAF P-40's being serviced with the wing of a P-40 with US markings but possibly still from an ex-Tonga RNZAF example in the foreground. I've never seen this shot before and it's terrific to see another from Santo of the ex-Tonga P-40E's. The one on the right seems to have 19 on the cowl. This is not NZ3072, it is the ex-Tonga Santo '19' who's serial is unknown.