Tamiya P-51Ds of the 357th FG
Here’s Old Crow in the later scheme after the camouflage paint was removed. Also John B. England’s “Missouri Armada” (with individual ID letter wrong – never trust decal instructions!) and Calrence Weaver’s well-known “Passion Wagon.”
Again, True Details cockpits and Falcon canopies.
The 357th FG arrived in the UK in January 1944, scheduled to go to the tactical Ninth Air Force (because the USAAF considered Mustangs “tactical fighters” because the RAF had used them in the tactical role). by that time the 354th, on temporary assignment to the 8th AF had proven the airplane’s worth as an escort, so Doolittle prevailed on Ninth Air Force to take the P-47-equipped 368th FG in trade for the P-51-equipped 357th, which flew their first escort the last Big Week mission at the en of February 1944. They were the top-scoring only-Mustang group in 8th AF and also top-scoring for only air-to-air kills, quite an achievement up against the 56th and 4th FGs that had been there a year longer. The fact they adopted the “no missum” K-14 lead-computing sight in June 1944, several months before any other group, may have had a role in that achievement.
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