Armour Collection B11F039 USAAF North American P-51B Mustang Fighter - Lt. Colonel James Howard, "Ding Hao", 354th Fighter Group, ETO, 1944 (1:48 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 1:48 scale replica of a USAAF North American P-51B Mustang fighter that was piloted by Lt. Colonel James Howard and nicknamed "Ding Hao", which was attached to the 354th Fighter Group. Sold Out!
Release Date: February 2009
Historical Account: "Ding Hao" - Lt. Col. James Howard flew a P-51B Mustang, nicknamed 'Ding Hao', when he was Commanding Officer of the 354th Fighter Group. He flew with the American Fighter Group, known as the 'Flying Tigers', in China until the unit disbanded on July 4th, 1942. He then he joined the 356th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, 9th USAAF, in England. While he was with the Flying Tigers, he was credited with 2.33 air-to-air and four air-to-ground victories, and his total of 8.33 air-to-air kills made him an Ace. On January 11th, 1944, he single-handedly defended a formation of B-17 bombers from the 401st Bomb Group against an estimated 30-40 German fighters northwest of Halberstadt, Germany. For his efforts on this mission, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the only fighter pilot in northwestern Europe to receive the nations highest honor.