Curtiss P-40E Warhawk – White 7, 23rd FG Flying Tigers, USAAF, Robert Scott, Burma, 1942.
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA35208: Curtiss P-40E Warhawk White 7, 23rd FG Flying Tigers, USAAF, Robert Scott, Burma, 1942. Limited Edition of 2,390 Pieces.
Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches
At the outbreak of World War II, Robert Scott, one of the best known American aces of World War II, desperately sought a combat assignment to get out of training unit, and accepted a transfer to a secret B-17 task force formed to bomb Japan. Scott did not want his crew to know he had never flown the B-17 before, so he flew a solo ride around Wright Field to check himself out. He flew the B-17 to India where he was stranded when the secret mission was cancelled. He then volunteered to fly transports over the “Hump” into China to supply General Chennault’s Flying Tigers. With previous fighter experience, he convinced Chennault to loan him a P-40 to help escort the transports. On 4 July 1942, he was selected to command the 23rd Fighter Group, which had been newly formed from the deactivated Flying tigers. He led this prestigious group in combat and personally accounted for 13 Japanese victories with five more probables. This aircraft, named ‘Old Exterminator’ was his most famous ride and is shown here from 1942 when he had scored 5 kills as shown by the victory flags under the cockpit. Most notably Scott achieved his 2nd and 3rd victories on 31st July when flying ‘Old Exterminator’ to Hengyang, China, to discuss tactics with his men. Just prior to landing, the tower at a nearby airfield informed him that enemy planes were inbound and no other aircraft were available to defend the field. Although solo and with only 20 gallons of fuel remaining, Scott armed his six 50-caliber machine guns and turned to attack the enemy. Spotting an enemy bomber, he pressed the attack in spite of two protecting Zeros. With enemy tracers passing his aircraft, he downed the bomber before facing the fighters. During a brief dogfight, he flamed one of the Zeros and drove the other way.
Designed to meet a USAAC requirement for a pursuit aircraft, the P-40 Warhawk was first flown on October 14th, 1938. This aircraft was tough, virtually trouble-free and saw continual improvements to arms, armor and engines. The P-40 served in numerous combat areas; often outclassed by its adversaries in speed, maneuverability and rate of climb, it earned a reputation for extreme ruggedness. Its strong construction, heavy firepower, and ability to dive enabled it to compete with enemy fighters, and it was a formidable ground-attack aircraft. P-40s were also flown by the famed Flying Tigers against the Japanese in China.