Hobby Master HA7720B USAAF North American P-51D Mustang Fighter - "DoDo", Cpt. Clinton Burdick, 361st Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group, England, 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-51D Mustang Fighter that was piloted by Cpt. Clinton Burdick and nicknamed "DoDo", which was attached to the 361st Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group, then deployed to England during 1944. Now in stock!
Release Date: June 2013
Historical Account: "In His Blood" - Burdicks father was an Ace in the First World War with 8 victories, so you could say that flying was in the blood of this family. Burdick signed up for service shortly after his 18th birthday. On completion of his pilot training he was shipped to England, where he was attached to the 361st FS of the 356th Fighter Group. Burdick flew his first combat mission in November 1944, he scored his first victory on the 25th of that same month. Burdick scored his last victory of the War on the 20th of February 1945. Clinton Dewitt Burdick finished the War with 6 victories.