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Curtiss P-40

What do you know about P-40?
Defend with this World War II History Made Easy quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

1) The Curtiss P-40 was an American single-engine, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground attack aircraft. When was its maiden flight?Curtiss P-40

  1. 1936
  2. 1938
  3. 1940

2) The Royal Air Force's No. 112 Squadron was among the first to operate Tomahawks, in North Africa, and the unit was the first to feature the "shark mouth" logo, copying markings painted on the forward fuselage of some Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 110s.

  • True or False?

3) During 1941-42, the P-40 was the main USAAF fighter aircraft in a couple of the theaters of operations. What was NOT a theater of operation?

  1. South West Pacific
  2. Pacific Ocean
  3. North Atlantic

4) When the war began, the American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers) was integrated into the USAAF.
What unit did they become?

  1. 10th Fighter Group
  2. 23rd Fighter Group
  3. 47th Fighter Group

5) The 99th Fighter Squadron, better known as a famous African American fighter unit, flew P-40s in stateside training and for their initial eight months in the MTO.
What was the group known as?

  1. Tuskegee Airmen
  2. Checkertail Clan
  3. Gibb'sWarriors

6) The P-40L was sometimes nicknamed after a famous stripper of the era, due to its stripped-down condition.
What was the nickname?

  1. Mabel Good
  2. Gypsy Rose Lee
  3. Alice Tatum

7) Who was the American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers), Chinese Air Force pilot that was later leader of the US Marine Corps' VMF-214 "Black Sheep Squadron"?

  1. Mark Reynolds
  2. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington
  3. Dave Davis

8) As Daniel H. David, this USAAF, Southwest Pacific theater pilot was a comedian/actor. He scored two kills against Japanese aircraft before being shot down and seriously wounded. His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal, and the Purple Heart.
Who was this comedian/actor?

  1. Dan Rowan
  2. Dean Martin
  3. Andy Griffith

9) Robert L. Scott, Flying Tigers/USAAF, later commander of the US 23rd Fighter Group, in the Fourteenth Air Force.  (Scored ten+ kills in the P-40.)  He wrote a best selling autobiography.
What was the name of the book?

  1. The Day I Owned the Water
  2. Come Back to Home
  3. God is My Co-Pilot

10) In Flying Tigers, (1942) real P-40s are featured, along with some inaccurate studio models.
Who was the star?

  1. Tex Ritter
  2. John Wayne
  3. Roger Smith

Curtiss P-40

1) B. 2) True . 3) C. 4) B. 5) A. 6) B. 7) B. 8) A. 9) C. 10) B.

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