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Republic P-43 Lancer of the 55th Pursuit Group being serviced at Portland AAB in this undated photograph.  The enlisted man servicing the aircraft may be an armorer working on the .50 caliber machine gun.  Note the multi-colored leading edge of the engine cowling and the low number “2” on the cowling, suggesting a ship flown by a pilot on group staff with colors representing the three assigned pursuit squadrons.  (142FW History Archives, Robert Hall Collection)


Day of Infamy, December 7, 1941

Republic P-43 Lancer of the 55th Pursuit Group being serviced at Portland AAB in this undated photograph. The enlisted man servicing the aircraft may be an armorer working on the .50 caliber machine gun. Note the multi-colored leading edge of the engine cowling and the low number “2” on the cowling, suggesting a ship flown by a pilot on group staff with colors representing the three assigned pursuit squadrons. (142FW History Archives, Robert Hall Collection)

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