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 P-51D Mustang that was flown by Lt. Col. John Meyer and nicknamed "Petie 2nd," who was attached to the 487th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group, then deployed to France during 1944. Sold Out!
Release Date: June 2011
Historical Account: "The Blue-Nosed Bastards of Bodney" - J.C. Meyer joined the USAAF in 1939. By 1943 he was a Major and CO of the 487th Fighter Squadron of the 352nd Fighter Group Stationed in Bodney, England. With the nose of their aircraft painted blue the 352nd became known as "The Blue-nosed Bastards of Bodney." On November 26th, 1943, Major Meyer scored the first 487th victory against a Me-109. In 1944, Meyer became a Lt. Col. and finished WWII with 24 air-to-air victories, 13 ground victories. He was awarded three Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross with five oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with 15 oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart, the French Croix de Guerre, and the Belgian Croix de Guerre. During the Korean War Meyer was CO of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing and earned 2 MiG-15 victories. He later became a four-star General and held many posts and commands, too numerous to list. One such role was Vice Chief of Staff of the USAF. On July 1st, 1974 General Meyer retired from the military as Commander in Chief of SAC.