Armour Collection B11E431 USAAF North American P-51C Mustang Fighter - 1st Lt. Bill Overstreet, "Berlin Express", 363rd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group, Spring 1944 (1:48 Scale)
"I had followed this 109 from the bombers when most of the German fighters left. We had a running dogfight and I got some hits about 1500 feet, He then led me over Paris where Many guns were aimed at me. As soon as he was disabled, I ducked down just over the river (smaller target for the Germans ). Followed the river until I was away from Paris."
- 1st Lieutnenant Bill Overstreet commenting on a dogfight with a troublesome Messerschmitt Bf 109
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 limited edition 1:48 scale replica of a P-51C Mustang that was nicknamed "Berlin Express" and piloted by 1st Lt. Bill Overstreet of the 363rd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group during the spring of 1944. Only 1,000 pieces produced.
Release Date: November 2007
Historical Account: "Under the Eiffel" - In the spring of 1944, Bill Overstreet of the famous 357th FG was hot on the tail of a German ME109G. The pilot of the 109 flew right over Paris where German anti-aircraft artillery was heavy, probably in hopes they would solve his problem by eliminating Bill and his P51C named the 'Berlin Express'. Bill persisted through intense flak closing the gap with the enemy fighter. Already hit in the engine, as a last resort the ME109 pilot aimed his aircraft toward the imposing Eiffel tower and in a breathtaking maneuver flew right under it. Even this was not enough to shake Bill as he followed right behind scoring several more hits in the process. The German ME109 crashed moments later and Bill escaped the heavy flak around Paris by flying low and full throttle over the river.