Philip E. West - Winter of 45 - North American P-51D Mustang

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North American P-51D Mustang 357th Fighter Group Christmas Card by Philip E. West GAvA

 

American built, British inspired and once re-engined with a licence-built Rolls Royce Merlin one of the finest fighters ever to fly, the superb Mustang became the best long-range escort fighter of the war. The aircraft shown here, P-51D ‘Old Crow’ was the mount of Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson, who would finish the war with 16.25 aerial victories and was still flying a P-51D Mustang at the age of 81. The aircraft, part of the 363rd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group is seen at Leiston, Suffolk in the winter months of 1945.

 

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