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USAAF North American P-51B/C Mustang Fighter - Lt. Colonel James Howard, "Ding Hao", 487th Fighter Squadron "The Hunters", 352nd Fighter Group, RAF Boxted, England, 1944 (1:48 Scale)
USAAF North American P-51B/C Mustang Fighter - Lt. Colonel James Howard, "Ding Hao", 487th Fighter Squadron "The Hunters", 352nd Fighter Group, RAF Boxted, England, 1944

Hobby Master USAAF North American P-51B/C Mustang Fighter - Lt. Colonel James Howard, "Ding Hao", 487th Fighter Squadron "The Hunters", 352nd Fighter Group RAF Boxted, England, 1944




 
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Hobby Master HA8508 USAAF North American P-51B/C Mustang Fighter - Lt. Colonel James Howard, "Ding Hao", 487th Fighter Squadron "The Hunters", 352nd Fighter Group, RAF Boxted, 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."
- Motto of the Tuskegee Airmen

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-51B/C Mustang fighter that was piloted by Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Colonel James Howard, and nicknamed "Ding Hao", which was attached to the 487th Fighter Squadron "The Hunters", 352nd Fighter Group, then deployed to the RAF Boxted, England, during 1944. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 8-1/2-inches
Length: 7-1/2-inches

Release Date: August 2016

Historical Account: "Ding Hao" - Lt. Col. James Howard flew a P-51B Mustang, nicknamed 'Ding Hao', when he was Commanding Officer of the 354th Fighter Group. He flew with the American Fighter Group, known as the 'Flying Tigers', in China until the unit disbanded on July 4th, 1942. He then he joined the 356th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, 9th USAAF, in England. While he was with the Flying Tigers, he was credited with 2.33 air-to-air and four air-to-ground victories, and his total of 8.33 air-to-air kills made him an Ace. On January 11th, 1944, he single-handedly defended a formation of B-17 bombers from the 401st Bomb Group against an estimated 30-40 German fighters northwest of Halberstadt, Germany. For his efforts on this mission, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the only fighter pilot in northwestern Europe to receive the nation's highest honor.

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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