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 nicknamed 'Old Crow,' and piloted by C.E. "Bud" Anderson, then attached to the 357th Fighter Group, which was deployed to France during 1944.
Release Date: July 2011
Historical Account: "Old Crow" - The P-51 Mustang was the American's answer to the Spitfire during World War II. In fact, they shared the same engine, the Mustang being powered by a Packard-built Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, the type being known as "The Cadillac of the Skies". This particular example, serial number "44-14450" was the mount of WWII Triple Ace fighter pilot, Colonel Clarence 'Bud' Anderson, who served two combat tours escorting heavy bombers over Europe. He flew one hundred and sixteen combat missions (four hundred and eighty hours) and destroyed 16.25 enemy aircraft in aerial combat and another one on the ground. The aircraft wears the unit markings of the 362nd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group, United States Army Air Force.