343rd Fighter Group

11th Fighter Squadron || 18th Fighter Squadron || 344th Fighter Squadron

Mixed Company

The 11th and 18th Fighter Squadrons made up the pursuit contingent of the 28th Composite
Group before being reassigned to the newly-formed 343rd Fighter Group in September of 1942.
One ship from each squadron can be seen sharing the ramp at Adak with US Navy PBY Catalinas
of FAW-4, possibly operated by VB-61, in this photo taken during the Spring of 1943.

From: 'P-40 Warhawk in World War II Color' by Jeff Ethell - Larger Image

North... to Alaska

These P-40Ks were photographed at Fort Nelson, British Columbia in August
of 1942 while enroute to Alaska and the 343rd Fighter Group.

Project 914 Archives (S.Donacik collection) - Larger Image


The weather was as formidable an enemy as the Japanese for those who served on the
'forgotten front', as evidenced by this photo of an 11th FS P-40K at Cold Bay.

From: 'P-40 Warhawk Aces of the Pacific' by Carl Molesworth (Jake Dixon photo) - Larger Image

Hawk Cemetery

A sad sight. Hawks and B-24s at the Eagleston Scrap Yard in Anchorage, post-war.

University of Alaska Fairbanks Archives (Rhodes Arnold Collection) via Anchorage Daily News - Larger Image

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