Corgi AA34409 RAF North American Mk. IV Mustang Fighter - GA-S, 112 Squadron, Italy, 1945 (1:32 Scale)
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
- British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, commenting on the British airmen in the Battle of Britain
No other aircraft of WWII could fly as high, go as far, or fight as hard as the famed Mustang. Piloted by a record 281 Aces, this agile and ferocious dogfighter tallied more kills than any other Allied airplane. As the bombers of the Eighth Air Force fought their way deep into Hitler's Germany, it was the Mustang that cleared the skies of Luftwaffe fighters. The powerful Rolls-Royce Merlin engine gave the Mustang a speed of 445 mph. Re-styled with an aerodynamic bubble canopy for greater visibility, and outfitted with 6 fast-firing .50 caliber machine guns, the P-51 became the best fighter of the war.
Pictured here is a 1:32 scale replica of a RAF North American Mk. IV Mustang fighter that was attached to No. 112 Squadron, then deployed to Italy during 1945.
Wingspan: 14 inches
Release Date: January 2013
Historical Account: "Wine and Song" - As well as seeing widespread and exceptional service with the United States Army Air Force, the P51 Mustang also found a home within the RAF. Used extensively over both the channel and Mediterranean fronts, it was over Italy that the use of the Mustang by the RAF was most widespread.
One squadron that found the Mustang to be especially to their liking was 112 Squadron. Having fought their way from North Africa, equipped first with P40 Tomahawks and Kittyhawks, the squadron converted to its first Mustangs in 1944 and gained the bubble canopied Mk. IV at the start of the following year. The 112 squadron were the first to paint shark mouths on their P40s, continuing this tradition with their new mounts, making the Mustang look even more aggressive. Their main role by 1945 was that of ground attack, with the German air force becoming virtually non-existent over the Balkans and Northern Italy.