GMP GMPG3502008 USAAF North American P-51D Mustang Fighter - Fred Ohr, "Marie", 2nd Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Group, ETO, 1944-'45 (1:35 Scale)
"Why should we have a navy at all? There are no enemies for it to fight except apparently the Army Air Force."
- General Carl Spaatz, Commander of the US 8th Army Air Force, after WWII
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 1:35 scale diecast replica of a US North American P-51D Mustang fighter, nicknamed "Marie", which was piloted by Fred Ohr. Features fully functional landing gear, flaps, rudder, ailerons, radiator exhaust and bypass doors. Canopy slides back and forth. Includes opening wing gun access doors, removable engine cowling to expose highly detailed Merlin V12 Engine, and external drop tanks or 500 lb. bombs. Bonus 96 pg. book included with purchase -- "Mustang Aces of the Ninth & Fifteenth Air Forces & the RAF" by Jerry Scutts. This book features numerous stories on the men and their mustangs during the war with rare photos. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 11 inches
Length: 12.5 inches
Release Date: March 2007
Historcial Account: "Mounted Artillery" - Born in Fairview, Oregon on July 15th, 1919, Fred Ohr attended the College of Idaho prior to enlisting in the cavalry in 1938. He transferred to the field artillery in 1940 and became an aviation cadet in November 1941. He received his wings and commission as a second lieutenant with Class 42-E at Luke Field, Arizona. Lieutenant Ohr went overseas with the 62nd Service Group but was assigned shortly afterwards with the 2nd Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Group.
Originally flying reverse lend-lease Spitfires in North Africa and Sicily, he scored his first victory in April 1943 when he shot down a Ju-88 north of Kairouan. Ohr waited over a year for his next chance. When the 52nd transitioned to the P-51, he was well on his way to becoming an ace. He was confirmed with 6 total kills during the war but had multiple encounters that probably proved fatal for his foes. In all, he flew 241 missions and ended his career as a major, commanding 2nd Fighter Squadron. His list of decorations include the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with one OLC, Bronze Star and the Air Medal with 18 OLC's. Freddie Ohr was probably the only Korean Ace known of WWII.