Posted By:William Perry
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Subject:Re: P-38 "UNH" SQUADRON?
Post Date:November 21, 2012 at 05:18:43
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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.

http://www.wwiivehicles.com/usa/aircraft/group-squadron-codes.asp

http://www.56thfightergroup.co.uk/63fs.htm

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.

http://www.56thfightergroup.co.uk/history.htm

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