|Posted By:||William Perry|
|Subject:||Re: P-38 "UNH" SQUADRON?|
|Post Date:||November 21, 2012 at 05:18:43|
|Forum:||World War II Forum|
The "UN" unit designator was assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force. The "H" is the individual aircraft designator for that squadron.
January 1942, 63rd FS sets up its operations at a new airfield adjacent to the Republic aircraft factory at Farmingdale on Long Island.
February-April 1942, Pilots begin to train on the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, which the 56th is expected to become
the standard aircraft for the group in the months ahead.
March 1942, It becomes obvious that production of the P-38 Lightning at that time cannot meet demand
and the three squadrons start to re-equip with the Curtiss P-40F.
Appears this unit had the P-38 for only a short time and that was state side, not in combat. The photo is probably related to a training accident involving this unit sometime within these few months.
Hope this helps, William