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 1:72 scale replica of a USAAF North American P-51D Mustang Fighter that was piloted by James Goodson, who was a member of the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, then deployed to RAF Debden, England, during June 1944. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 6.25 inches
Length: 5.25 inches
Release Date: July 2009
Historical Account: "King of the Strafers" - Born in New York on March 21st, 1921, James A. Goodson visited Europe as a student prior to World War II and was aboard the S.S. Athenia when it was torpedoed on September 3rd, 1939. He was rescued by a Norwegian ship and brought back to England where in 1940 he joined the RAF and was a member of the Eagle Squadron. In September 1942, following the U.S. entry into the war, he was transferred to the USAAF where he commanded the 336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Group. He participated in more than 100 missions including Schweinfurt, Vienna, Poznan, Berlin, Hamburg, the Ruhr, Stuttgart, Pforzheim, etc.
In June 1944, during the invasion of Normandy, his mission was to defend the beachhead and to prevent enemy reinforcements from arriving in the battle area. In July 1944, he was shot down during a low-level-mission. He was a prisoner of war for one year after which he was given responsibility for the repatriation of Allied Air Force personnel. He ended the war with the rank of Colonel having been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Flying Cross with eight Oakleaf Clusters, the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with twenty Oakleaf Clusters and 32 confirmed victories (15 air) to his credit.