Note – In 1983, I obtained an unsigned article. It was a reprint of the original from the archives of the Albert F. Simpson Historical Research Center, Maxwell Air Force Base, at Alabama. It was prepared by the Historical Section, Administration and Service Division, Headquarters, Second Air Force, 20 September 1945. It will be reproduced in black text for the historical and detailed progress of the forming and training of the Mexican 201st Fighter Squadron, including the training in the United States. Small sections from my own research will appear in blue type.
In March 1992, I was lucky to be invited to the home of Cor. FAPA [retired] Carlos Garduno Nunez, one of the original pilots who commanded Escadrille “B”. Many of the attached blue notes resulted from this old interview. In the 1960s Col. Carlos Garduno piloted Mexican President Adolfo Lopez Mateos in his 707 airliner.
Author and Col. Garduno in his home 1992
After fifty years of research into WW II ‘nose art’ painted on aircraft, I retired in 2010, and spent the past four winters in Mexico. While living in Mexico, I fell in love with the culture, but find the technocratic governments tend to bury certain important events in history. I also find some of the Mexican aircraft in museums are not painted correctly, including the monuments to the 201st Mexicans killed in action. I found the vast majority of Mexicans are only vaguely aware of their World War Two aviation history, and totally surprised when I show my paintings and explain the actions of their 201st Mexican Squadron. This is an attempt to reach out to a new generation of Mexicans on the internet and just tell them the truth. The attached paintings of Mexican WW II history were completed by the author in his winter home near San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, 2012.
This impressive Mexican badge appears on the cover of the document recording the history of the 201st Mexican Squadron at Alberta F. Simpson Historical research center, Maxwell Air Force Base, dated 20 September 1945.
When shown to Col. Carlos Garduno, he stated – “It was not used during WW II, but appeared as a shoulder badge in the postwar era.”
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