Ground crew starting 357th Fighter Group commander Col. Edward S. Chickering's P-39Q the hard way - with the hand crank to get the inertia starter going. Hamilton Field, California, United States, July 1943

Caption     Ground crew starting 357th Fighter Group commander Col. Edward S. Chickering's P-39Q the hard way - with the hand crank to get the inertia starter going. Hamilton Field, California, United States, July 1943 ww2dbase
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1. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
17 Mar 2010 06:06:58 PM

This aircraft, nicknamed "Saga Boy II", had the serial number of 42-19447. It was flown by Lieutenant Colonel Edward S. Chickering, the commanding officer of the 357th Fighter Group until Nov 1943 when he switched to a P-51 Mustang fighter.
2. Владимир says:
11 May 2010 10:41:01 AM

Я-авиамоделист,собираю коллекцию журналов для моделирования масштаба "Аэрокобра П-39"
3. Владимир says:
11 May 2010 11:34:07 AM

Я-авиамоделист собираю фотографии "Аэрокобра"П-39 для моделирования масштаба
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
21 Nov 2010 04:57:37 PM

P39 shown above was the second P-39Q-1-BE
to come off the production line.
5. R.T. says:
12 May 2016 10:29:36 PM

The insignia on the fuselage is surrounded by a reddish border indicating I believe 1943 it turned to a dark blue I think some time in 1944 helping to identify the year of some pictures . I believe it was a circle with a star and a red dot in 1942, the red dot was removed so as to not be confused with the Japanese rising sun insignia . If someone has concrete info on this transition please share . The P. 39 is a beautiful sleek fighter , even if it wasn't the greatest it's still one of my favorites .
6. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
15 May 2016 09:42:42 PM

Thank you for your contribution. When the United States entered World War II their aircraft National Insignia was the blue disc inscribed with a white star of 5-points inscribed with a red disc. This had been the design since the early days of military aviation. On 15 May 1942 (right after the Doolittle Raid) the red disc was eliminated leaving the blue disc inscribed with a white star. This remained the insignia for just over a year when on 28 Jun 1943 white bars were added to either side of the blue disc and the whole design surrounded with a red border. This only lasted 3 months until 14 Sep 1943 when the red border was changed to blue. This lasted through the end of the war until 14 Jan 1947 when horizontal red stripes were added to the white bars and this remains the National Insignia to this day.
There was one exception to all this that I will describe in response to your other comment at
7. R.T. says:
26 May 2016 01:53:16 PM

Thanks Dave I've searched around for this info and now I know . It's a great thing to find so much info and so many interesting people , topics and comments all in one place . Your people have done a good job delivering an all-round WW2 web-sight while allowing people to leave their comments and insights wrong or right . Please keep up the good work we are learning from it . Cheers , Richard .
8. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
27 May 2016 10:11:38 AM

Thank you for your kind words for the website but they should not be directed at me. The driving force behind the vision and the content for the World War II Database is, without a doubt, the managing editor, C. Peter Chen. And now that we are not talking about me, let me say that I completely agree with you and that is precisely why I remain involved with this site.

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