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AVG status report, 2 Dec 1941

Six days before the outbreak of war, the AVG had 82 pilots and 79 planes, but not all of them were ready to fight. Some pilots had not yet checked out in the Tomahawk--and some never would. And some of the planes were out of commission or lacking radios and guns.

What follows is Harvey Greenlaw's report. "Point A" was the code name for Kyedaw Airdrome, Toungoo. Note that it's impossible to know whether the 60 planes with radios were also the 60 planes with guns, and whether all of the planes so equipped were operational.


HEADQUARTERS, FIRST AMERICAN VOLUNTEER GROUP
Office of the Group Operations Officer

Point "A" Burma
December 2, 1941

1. The following is the status report of Pilots, Aircraft and Aircraft equipment as of December 2, 1941:

NUMBER OF PILOTS

1st Squadron     27

2nd Squadron     26

3rd Squadron     29

Total Group of Pilots     82

NUMBER OF HOURS FLOWN

1st Squadron     990:15

2nd Squadron     1243:00

3rd Squadron     1059:40

Total Hours     3292.55

STATUS OF AIRCRAFT

1ST Sqdrn.

In Commission     20

Out Commision     7

Total     27

2nd Sqdrn.

In Commission     21

Out Commision     5

Total     27

3rd Sqdrn.

In Commission     21

Out Commision     5

Total     27

Group

Total Airplanes in commission     62

Total Airplanes out Commision 17

Total Airplane     79

Total Airplanes equipped with radio 60

Total Airplanes equipped with armament 60

For the COMMANDING OFFICER:

H. K. Greenlaw,
G-3.