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P-51D Mustang, "Gentleman Jim", 363rd FS, 357th FG, 1944 (1:48) - Preorder item, order now for future delivery
Item #: HA7734
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Prepainted Diecast Metal Model
Collectors item: Not suitable for children under 14
Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series
P-51D Mustang "Gentleman Jim"
44-14937, 363rd FS, 357th FG, 1944
1/48 scale pre-finished
Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.
All markings pad applied for superb results.
Cockpit slides open.
Comes with a pilot that can be removed.
Comes with display stand.
Can be displayed with landing gear up or down.
Later in WWII the Allied bombers were flying deep into Germany but suffered tremendous losses
because of the lack of range the fighter escorts had. German fighters would wait beyond the
range of the Allied fighters and then attack the vulnerable bombers. Once the P-51 called
Mustang by the British had the Allison engine replaced with a British Merlin it possessed the high
performance that had been lacking. With drop tanks the P-51 had the range to escort bombers all
the way to Berlin and back.
In late 1944 Captain James W. Browning of the 357th FG, 363rd FS returned for his second
tour. On Feb. 9, 1945 while piloting Gentleman Jim he failed to return. An eyewitness said he
saw an aircraft collide with an ME-262 and Browning�s dog tags were found with the wreckage.
Due to his fine manners Chuck Yeager and Bud Anderson nicknamed him 'Gentleman Jim'.
Captain Browning had 7 aerial victories and his decorations included 3 Distinguished Flying
Crosses, the Purple Heart, eight Air Medals and the French Croix de Guerre.
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