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Re: USS Langley AV-3
THANKS GUYS!!!!! I really appreciate the confirmations. DonH
"USS Langley (AV-3) preparing to leave Darwin, Australia, 19 February 1942, outbound to Fremantle, Australia. At Fremantle Langley loaded Army P-40s for delivery at Java. Japanese forces attacked Darwin sometime after Langley had departed that day. While at Darwin, Langley served as station ship for Patrol Wing TEN from 1 January to 11 February 1942. Note several Patrol Wing TEN PBY Catalina's anchored near the tender" https://www.navsource.org/archives/09/02/0203.htm
I seem to recall an image of The Langely with the P-40's seen on deck and NOT in crates. It was non too distinct though. However, the photo I saw changed my mind as I was going to crate them for my 1:1200 scale Langley until I saw the photo. DON'T ask me where I saw it as I don't recall where but I fully expect someone on this board to have seen it (other than me). Mine will not be crated.
Another thought is that if it is this hard to prove one way or the other, than do what pleases you. Personally, even if I am proven wrong and there is a good possibility I am wrong, uncrated P-40's would still be far more visually pleasing to non-SteelNavy types. Again, do what pleases you.
Now I need a deck load of assembled and crated P40s
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