Destroyed US Army aircraft at Wheeler Field, Oahu, during post-Pearl Harbor raid clean up, Dec 1941; note P-40 parts in the pile

Caption     Destroyed US Army aircraft at Wheeler Field, Oahu, during post-Pearl Harbor raid clean up, Dec 1941; note P-40 parts in the pile ww2dbase
Photographer    Unknown
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   SC 134872
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Photos on Same Day 10 Dec 1941
Photos at Same Place Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Added By C. Peter Chen

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1. Albert C Moutran says:
10 Sep 2007 07:26:00 PM

One of the sorriest days of my life. Still have trouble blocking out some of the events that took place that morning.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
22 Apr 2014 08:43:04 PM


Those Curtiss P-40s may look like junk now, but they'll be melted down into aluminum ingots and return as P-51s, Hellcats and B-29 Bombers.


Did you know that a Curtiss P-40B is the world's
oldest airworthy fighter that was stationed in Hawaii during the Dec.7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
Aircraft No. 41-13297 was one of a batch of 131 P-40Bs built at the Curtiss, Buffalo Plant, in New York during 1940/41, she was delivered to the USAAC in March 1941.
Aircraft spent years being restored, and today she is camouflaged and carries the markings she wore on Dec.7,1941 with the 18th Pursuit Group.

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