This is an engine valve rocker from the supercharged Allision V-12 engine of a P-40 Tomahawk on lend lease in Russia.The valve rocker which sat on top of the engine and pumped up and down on a engine valve it is in fantastic condition still retains a lot of its original colours has no major damage and is a very nice example of this valve rocker perfect for display or any collection.The valve rocker comes from a P-40 Tomahawk which was shot down some time in 1942-1943 over Stalingrad during the battle the plane crashed near the city and was recovered about 15 years ago.The part comes with a 5X7 laminated information sheet and is a cracking relic from the air war over the famous battle on the Eastern Front.
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P-40 Tomahawk fighter shot down and crashed in 1942-1943 during the Battle of Stalingrad.
P-40’s were on lend lease to the Russians from America during World War II, the Soviet Union was actually the second country (after Great Britain) to import the Curtiss P-40 fighter. In all, the USSR received 247 P40C (Tomahawk IIB) and 2,178 P-40E, -K, -L, and -N aircraft from 1941 through 1944. Tomahawks and Kittyhawks with red stars participated in all the decisive battles: the battle for Moscow, at Stalingrad, the defence of Leningrad, in the Kuban, at the Kursk bulge, and beyond to the liberation of eastern Prussia. It is true that nowhere (except in the far north) did their numbers achieve a critical level (as a rule, not more than 1-2 regiments in an air army) and therefore they did not have a deciding influence on the outcome of any battle.