Burma Ban­shees


Flight Journal - - CONTENTS - By Gré­gory Pons

The 90th Fighter Squadron in the CBI

In the begin­ning of June 1944,

while the 90th Fighter Squadron was based at Mo­ran in In­dia, the unit started to re­ceive brand-new P-47s to re­place its tired and ob­so­les­cent P-40Ns dec­o­rated with a painted skull on their hoods. On June 8, Lt. Col. Al­bert L. Evans Jr. (com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the 80th Fighter Group) led the first flight of 12 P-47s to come in from Karachi. Capts. Bulke­ley and Daine; Lts. Cherry, Roane, and Ped­er­sen; and six new pi­lots came in with the new planes. These P-47s were the first to be as­signed to the squadron in this the­ater of op­er­a­tions. The planes were equipped with ad­di­tional drop­pable wing tanks. Two days later, 10 new P-47s ar­rived from Karachi with five new pi­lots. Dur­ing the fol­low­ing weeks, war mark­ings were ap­plied on the planes. Each P-47 of the 90th Squadron wore an in­di­vid­ual fuse­lage num­ber, from 70 to 99, and a blue ring around the hood. Black stripes were also ap­plied on their tails for fast iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Lt. St­ed­man L. Howarth (top row, left) was cred­ited for a Tojo de­stroyed in aerial com­bat on De­cem­ber 14, 1944. (Photo cour­tesy of the au­thor)

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