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Does anyone have a good source of photos of US aircraft in the Philippines in late 1941/early 1942?  Looking for P-40's in particular, especially aircraft for Lts Boyd Wagner and John Brownwell.

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Here is a link to LIFE photos taken in the Philippines in 1941 by Carl Mydans. There are a few shots of P-40Bs and more on aircraft of the Philippine Army Air Force.




This is a link to Corrigedor Then and Now site's forum page.

Captured aircraft thread  Unfortunately Photobucket has made many photos of limited value.



P-40E markings....3rd PS






These are books with good information and some photos.

Bloody Shambles, Vol. 1 and 2

by Christopher Shores (Author), Brian Cull (Author), Yasuho Izawa (Author)



The section on the Philippines is very useful.


Doomed at the Start: American Pursuit Pilots in the Philippines, 1941-1942 (Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series) Paperback – April 1, 1995



They Fought With What They Had: The Story of the Army Air Forces in the Southwest Pacific, 1941-1942


Some of the best sources of info is an article in IPMS and another in the old Wings/ Air Power magazine. Will have to dig out the issues. Will post it later. 

None of the above has the information about the two pilots that you are looking for.




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Thanks for the links.  I tried the Corregidor forum and posted some questions there.


I have copies of both They Fought With What They Had and Doomed at the Start.  Both great books but They Fought With What They Had has no photos and about 95% of the aircraft photos in Doomed at the Start are P-35's.  Great books with a lot of information but no reference photos of P-40's


I have Philippine Defender by David Obert but it doesn't have any useful P-40 photos either.


I have an issue of a magazine called Challenge Airwar Special titled Hawks Against the Rising Sun.  It has  lengthy article on the defense of the Philippines and a great photo of Brownwell and Wagner but no P-40' in the Philippines.


The closest I have come is a book on WWII POW's called From Wake Island to Berlin.  It contains the story of my friend, Ralph Lape.  Ralph was a young corporal and aircraft mechanic assigned to 5th Air Base Group on Mindanao.  He assisted Sgt Dewitt "Pappy" Nettles on Brownwell's P-40E.  There is a snapshot in the book of Ralph and Pappy Nettles working on that P-40 but it is in a camouflaged parking spot and if the plane has any markings, they are obscured.  I can make out a national insignia on the fuselage with the red center painted over, but nothing else.


I know it's a long shot, but I figured I'd ask here.  You never know...

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I'll try to root out the two magazines tonight. It's really buried in my room and also look for my copies of Bloody Shambles. 



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