Cutriss P-40E Tomahawk

Curtiss P-40E Tomahawk   "White 49"    11th F.S.   343rd F.G.   11th A.F.
 Aleutian Islands,   1942.

In mid 1942 P-40E Tomahawks of the 11th F.S. were painted with a striking new form of nose art. In contrast to the classic sharks mouth design these P-40s wore a Tiger's head. It is thought that this design was originated by Lt/Col S Chennault who was the son of the American Volunteer Group (see AVG Curtiss Hawk) leader Claire Chennault. Based in the Aleutian Islands the 11th F.S. became known as the 'Aleutian Tigers'.
After the Japanese had attacked the American fleet at Pearl Harbor and failed to destroy them they planned to draw them into battle so that the Japanese could negotiate satisfactory peace terms. An attack on the Aleutian Islands was planned as a diversion prior to the Battle for Midway. The battle took place and eventually the Japanese managed to gain a foothold taking Attu and kiska islands but lacked the resources to take the entire chain. The defeat of the Japanese carrier fleet at Midway was the turning point in the Pacific war and the Americans were able to retake the rest of the Aleutian Islands in the summer of 1943.
The Curtiss P-40 continued to evolve with new more powerful engines and operated in the Pacific theatre until the end of the war.

Curtiss P-40E Tomahawk based in the Aleutian Islands in 1942.



Scale 1:72    Wingspan 6.2" (158 mm)
Base size 6.37" (162 mm) square (No. 4)
Weight not including base 9 ozs (257 grams)   Limited edition of 100 only

Curtiss P-40E Tomahawk based in the Aleutian Islands in 1942. Curtiss P-40E Tomahawk based in the Aleutian Islands in 1942.