These two blurry but historically significant photos recently arrived from a friend in Pennsylvania. I instantly recognized the USSR red star on the fuselage along with the bundled up WASP standing proudly beside the plane. The fighter is a Bell P-63 Kingcobra, a variant of the P-39 Airacobra. The serial number on the tail appears to be 42-704XX. Although the last two numbers are obscured by the tilt of the rudder, a quick google search turned up a hit for one plane with the 42-704XX serial. 42-70468 was ferried from Nome, Alaska to the USSR by a female WASP pilot. I even found a hand colored shot of the same plane! Enjoy.
UPDATE: I just found the POSSIBLE name of the WASP pilot in the photo. I found an aircraft accident report for this plane on November 12th, 1944. Gayle Ewing (Now Ewing-Reed) had a small accident in Niagra, NY. Sadly, she rolled her ankle and wasn’t able to fly again during the war. I even found an interview with her talking about THIS P-63 rolling over and breaking her ankle after she parked it in NY. Maybe another WASP took over after she broke her ankle?
2 thoughts on “WWII Photos – P-39 / P-63 Kingcobra Fighter Plane Escorted by Female WASP Pilots to Russia!”
WASP pilots were not allowed to fly outside the USA. They did deliver thousands of P-63 to Great Falls, Montana. Then maie pilots to them to Alaska.
Thank you for your informed comment. I appreciate it. I have some color slides of WASP trainees that you may enjoy seeing.