By Carl Molesworth
Staffed with green USAAF pilots and led through a handful of pro veterans of the yank Volunteer team (AVG), the twenty third FG was once shaped within the box at Kunming, in China, on July four, 1942 and flew wrestle missions that very same day. The group's 3 squadrons - the 74th, seventy fifth and 76th Fighter Squadrons - have been at first outfitted with war-weary P-40s passed down from the AVG. those have been supplemented by way of the hooked up sixteenth FS, flying new P-40Es, and all squadrons decorated the noses in their airplanes with fearsome and iconic sharksmouth designs.
The twenty third FG fought a guerrilla conflict opposed to the japanese, gradually relocating pilots and airplane from one distant air base to a different to maintain the enemy off stability. simply because China might basically be provided via air from India, there have been consistent shortages of airplane, gasoline and ammunition with which to contend. The twenty third FG met those demanding situations head-on and through the top of the conflict its pilots had compiled a rating of 594 aerial victories and approximately four hundred floor kills. one of the forty seven aces who flew within the twenty third have been colourful characters corresponding to David L 'Tex' Hill, Robert L 'Bob' Scott and Clinton D 'Casey'. The human fee was once excessive, although - 126 pilots misplaced their lives in China whereas serving within the 23rd.
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