Charles M. McCorkindale’s P-51B
Tamiya P-51B to do the P-51B “Betty Jane” flown by Charles M. McCorkindale, CO of the 31st Fighter Group in Italy, around June 1944 at the end of the Battle of Ploesti. McCorkindale joined the USAAC in 1936 and flew P-26s with the 20th Pursuit Group until they transferred to P-36As and then P-40Cs. He scored 5 victories in the Spitfire VIII and 6 in the P-51B during the “Battles of Ploesti” in May-June 1944. It was common in the 31st FG to follow the RAF tradition of the group commander using his initials for his ID.
Aeromaster decals. The 110-gallon metal tanks came from a Monogram F-80 kit. The 108 gallon paper tanks were only used in the 8th and 8th AFs in England.
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