Stud P-40 Warhawk - White Background
Painting - Illustration
Lt. Col. Robert Baseler
Stud P-40F Warhawk
The 325th Fighter Group, known as the "Checkertails", became a highly combat efficient unit accounting for 27 aces and amassing over 200 enemy victories. Based near the Mediterranean (Tunisia and Italy), the unit adopted a highly visible, yellow and black checker pattern across the tail of their aircraft.
Lt. Col. Robert Baseler would score 6 victories against the Luftwaffe in both P-40s, and P-47s. He named all of his aircraft "Stud" - including "Big STUD" for his P-47 Thunderbolt and "Little STUD" for his P-51 Mustang.
The striking black and red paint scheme of Stud P-40 was actually painted after the aircraft was taken off of combat operations to hassle high-altitude German reconnaissance aircraft.
November 16th, 2013
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