Day of Infamy, December 7, 1941
Republic P-43A Lancer serial number 40-2926 flown by 2nd Lt. Donald E. Houseal of the 54th Pursuit Squadron nosed-over on the hard surface after landing at Portland AAB, 17 November 1941. Ground crew survey the mishap scene and determine a course of action. Note the tool boxes at right, and an officer, perhaps the pilot, at right in sunglasses. The long ducting on the bottom of the fuselage is part of the aircraft’s turbo-supercharger system, an engine related feature which enabled improved performance at higher altitudes. A key design feature included with some improvements in the P-43’s successor, the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. (Courtesy Mr. Jack Cook)

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