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Lt. Guy O. Denton, 57th Fighter Group, 65th Fighter Squadron, standing on the wing of his P-40 Warhawk in North Africa, Fall, 1942,

Lt. Guy O. Denton, 57th Fighter Group, 65th Fighter Squadron, standing on the wing of his P-40 Warhawk in North Africa, Fall, 1942,

P-40 with Orin Welch, Dick Rossi, Charlie Sharkey, Dick Snell, and Jimmy Fox in Kunming China.   Source: National Archives and Records Administration via San Diego Air and Space Museum.

with Orin Welch, Dick Rossi, Charlie Sharkey, Dick Snell, and Jimmy Fox in Kunming China. Source: National Archives and Records Administration via San Diego Air and Space Museum.

Fighting in the Desert - The Battle for Sidi Bou Zid, Saint Valentine's Day, 1943

Fighting in the Desert - The Battle for Sidi Bou Zid, Saint Valentine's Day, 1943

Lt. Guy O. Denton climbing into his P-40 Warhawk in Egypt, 1942. The 57th Fighter Group flew many types of missions: air-to-air combat, strafing, dive-bombing, reconaissance, patrol, and bomber escort. Anti-aircraft artillery was their deadliest foe as such flak accounted for most of their casualties.

Denton climbing into his Fighter Group, Fighter Squadron, 1942

LIFE in WWII: Rare and Classic Photos From North Africa, 1943 | LIFE.com

LIFE in WWII: Rare and Classic Photos From North Africa, 1943

Photographs and clipped contact-sheet images (uncharacteristically glued to paper) from Tunisia, the North African Campaign, from the LIFE archives.

The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was an American single-engine, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. The P-40 design was a modification of the previous Curtiss P-36 Hawk which reduced development time and enabled a rapid entry into production and operational service...

(via Curtiss Warhawk - WalkAround - Photographies - English)

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