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Curtiss P-40E Warhawk - No.2 Squadron (The Hawks), Royal Dhimari Air Force, 1943

After the Parani Army Air Forces gained total air superiority over the Mazadran Oil Fields and the Valley of Kerman during 'Operation Whirlwind' the Royal Dhimari Air Force were desperate for replacement aircraft to make good the heavy losses to the Hurricane and Vanguard squadrons. Whilst the UK kept promising to send Spitfires the planned delivery date kept rolling further away. By early October 1943 the situation was desperate leading to an impassioned plea by King Husani Al'Galbhi of Dhimar to US President Franklin Roosevelt for fighter aircraft and Roosevelt agreed to the immediate transfer of 50 P-40 Warhawk aircraft from USAAF Twelth Air Force stocks held in Tunisia. Whilst these aircraft were war-weary veterans of Operation Torch and the Desert War they were gratefully received by the Royal Dhimari Air Force who used the aircraft to replace the last two remaining P-66D Vanguard squadrons with No.2 Squadron becoming the first to become fully operational in December 1943.

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Skin Credit: Charles

 

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And with that plane the Dhimaris have a plane that in some areas would match the Parani fighters...

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