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Desert Comanches – P-40 combat over North Africa

In late 2021, warbird pilot Stu Goldspink soars over the Cambridgeshire, UK countryside in The Fighter Collection’s P-40F in desert paint. (Photo by John Dibbs/
The British simply referred to it as “the blue”—the vast barren deserts of North Africa that spanned Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. Since the beginning of the war, the British, along with their commonwealth allies, fought the Italian Army, the biting sand flies, the blistering heat and cold, damp nights along with choking sandstorms as their front-lines seesawed back and forth in “the blue.” Eventually, the British pushed Mussolini’s troops to the shores of the Mediterranean...


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Desert Comanches – P-40 combat over North Africa

Article in October 2022 Issue

ON THE COVER: You can almost hear the roar from The Fighter Collection’s ultra-rare, Merlin-powered P-40F as it comes in close to the camera ship. This aircraft was found on the South Pacifi c island of Espiritu Santo after it had been lost for nearly 40 years. (Photo by John Dibbs/

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