1/72 KP P-51B
This had been sitting on my bench nearly completed for a while. I finally got it finished today. This was the personal aircraft of Capt. Donald M. Malmsten 4th FG 334FS of Burwell, NE "Turnip Termite". On June 6, 1944 this aircraft was being flown by Lt. Edward J. Steppe of New York, NY. over France. Steppe's element leader Maj. Winslow M. Sobanski also from N.Y, NY had hit some wires and Steppe was escorting him home when both aircraft were jumped by a superior number of enemy aircraft. Both men were KIA. Steppe was 26 years old and Sobanski was 25 at the time of his death.