Название: 23rd Fighter Group: Chennault's Sharks
Автор: Carl Molesworth
Издательство: Osprey Publishing
Серия: Osprey Aviation Elite Units 31
Год издания: 2009
Количество страниц: 66*2
Размер: 37,9 mb
Staffed with inexperienced USAAF pilots and led by a handful of seasoned veterans of the American Volunteer Group (AVG), the 23rd FG was formed in the field at Kunming, in China, on July 4, 1942 and flew combat missions that same day. The group's three squadrons - the 74th, 75th and 76th Fighter Squadrons - were initially equipped with war-weary P-40s handed down from the AVG. These were supplemented by the attached 16th FS, flying new P-40Es, and all squadrons adorned the noses of their airplanes with fearsome and iconic sharksmouth designs.