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339th Fighter Group Gallery


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Having been equipped with A-24 and A-25 aircraft and trained in the dive-bomber role, the 339th were re-equipped with P-39s in July 1943. The Group moved to Rice Field, CA in September 1943 and stayed there until shipping overseas on 22 March 1944. P-39Q 42-20720 is shown here as it appeared at Rice Field. The artwork that this a/c bears is one of the more popular pin-ups from Esquire Magazine, being Alberto Vargas' "There'll always be a Christmas" from the December 1943 edition.

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