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USAAF North American P-51D Mustang Fighter - "Scat VI," Maj. Robin Olds, 434th Fighter Squadron "Red Devils", 479th Fighter Group, February 1945 (1:48 Scale)
USAAF North American P-51D Mustang Fighter - "Scat VI," Maj. Robin Olds, 434th Fighter Squadron "Red Devils", 479th Fighter Group, February 1945

Hobby Master USAAF North American P-51D Mustang Fighter - "Scat VI," Maj. Robin Olds "Red Devils", 434th Fighter Squadron, 479th Fighter Group, February 1945




 
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Hobby Master HA7724 USAAF North American P-51D Mustang Fighter - Scat VI, Maj. Robin Olds, 434th Fighter Squadron "Red Devils", 479th Fighter Group, February 1945 (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 Robin Olds and nicknamed "Scat VI", which was attached to the 434th Fighter Squadron, 479th Fighter Group, February 1945. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 7.5-inches
Length: 8.5-inches

Release Date: April 2014

Historical Account: "Red Devils" - Activated on October 15th, 1943, at Grand Central Air Terminal, near Long Beach, California, the 434th Fighter Squadron was initially equipped with the Lockheed P-38F Lightning. It trained for combat and served as an air defense organization for the west coast as part of IV Fighter Command.

Even though the defense of the US west coast initially took priority, it was decided to deploy Lightning squadrons to Britain for heavy bomber escort duty. The squadron was reassigned to RAF Wattisham, England, between April-May 1944, and assigned to VIII Fighter Command, Eighth Air Force.

From England, the squadron escorted heavy bombers during operations against targets on the Continent, strafed targets of opportunity, and flew fighter-bomber, counter-air, and area-patrol missions. It engaged primarily in B-17/B-24 escort activities and fighter sweeps until the Normandy invasion in June 1944.

The unit patrolled the beachhead during the invasion. It strafed and dive-bombed troops, bridges, locomotives, railway cars, barges, vehicles, airfields, gun emplacements, flak towers, ammunition dumps, power stations, and radar sites while on escort or fighter-bomber missions as the Allies drove across France during the summer and fall of 1944. The unit flew area patrols to support the breakthrough at Saint-Lo in July and the airborne attack on the Netherlands in September. The unit continued escort and fighter-bomber activities from October to mid-December 1944. It converted to P-51s between September 10th and October 1st, using both types on missions until conversion was completed.

Participated in the Battle of the Bulge (December 1944 - January 1945) by escorting bombers to and from targets in the battle area and by strafing transportation targets while on escort duty. From February to April 1945 it continued to fly escort missions, but also provided area patrols to support the airborne attack across the Rhine in March.
Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Landing gear can be displayed in flight or in landed position
  • Plexiglass canopy
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with display stand

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