"THIS-IS-IT" the P-51D of Col Joe Mason

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"THIS-IS-IT" the P-51D of Col Joe Mason

Postby CLASH » Tue Sep 28, 2004 2:04 am

ImageThis is "THIS-IS-IT" the P-51D of Col Joe Mason, Commander of the 352nd Fighter Group. Col Mason was the Commander from May 18th, 1943 through July 24th, 1944. Col Mason also achieved "ACE" status with 5.5 aerial victories.
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Postby sd » Tue Sep 28, 2004 6:25 am

ImageDescription: "Patty Ann II" P-51B-15NA (42-106872) Lt. Jack F. Thornell 352FG/328FS/8AAF; Bodney, England: July 1944 Lt. Jack Thornell finished the war with 17.25 aerial victories and 2 ground victories. He scored 4.25 victories while flying the P-47 and all of his P-51 victories were scored in the P-51B. This skin reflects Thornell's Mustang during the Summer of 1944 showing Jack's final victory score. Thornell remained in the Air Force after the war and retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1971. Inset photo on the screenshot copyright ©352nd FG Association via Sam Sox. This aircraft was a P-51B field modified with the British Malcolm Hood so place it in the "C" folder. The "B" and "C" model Mustangs were identical except for the model designation and serial number variance. B's being built at NAA's facility in Inglewood,CA. and C's at their Dallas, TX. plant. Block numbers from Inglewood will end with NA and Dallas built models with NT. P-51B-15NA and P-51C-15NT are thus identical. ImageDescription: "Gracie/Josephine" P-51B-5-NA (43-7094) Before being christened Gracie/Josephine (HO-S) this plane had previously been coded HO-K and flown by Lt. John Kessler until he picked up a newer model P-51B-15-NA(42-106836). On Sept. 23, 1944 Lt. Phanor Waters was lost in this aircraft while flying in support of operation "Market Garden" near Aachen.ImageDescription: "Dutchess" 487FS/352FG/8AF P-51D-5-NA (44-13530) Duerr H Schuh was born December 25, 1916. Son of M/M Henry Schuh. He went to South High in Denver, CO, graduating in 1934; and had 1 1/2 yrs at Colorado Univ. in '4--41. He entered the service from Douglas, Wyoming, got his wings and commission Nov. 10, 1942 at Brooks Field. Lt. Duerr Schuh flew his first combat mission in July 1944. Flying 61 missions in the P-51 with the 352nd Fighter Group, he took part in the Battle of the Bulge. The day following Christmas, 1944, while covering a bombing run, he jumped a group of Bf109s, shooting down three in a single action. Schuh inherited (44-13530) from Capt. George Arnold who had flown it as "Babylon Panther" He ended the war an Ace with five victories, one of 29 aces in the 352FG. His awards included the Air Medal with 8 OLCs (9x) and the DFC. He was promoted to Captain Dec. 30, 1944. Duerr Schuh passed away September 22, 2003. With his passing the list of living 352FG aces stand at six. Don Bryan, Edwin L. Heller, Carl J. Luksic, Sanford K. Moats, Walter E. Stark, and Alden Rigby. Since this thread has been moved to the History section I figured the pics should have some background so others may see. And yes Dewolf BB does outstanding skin work w/o question.
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Postby dewolf » Tue Sep 28, 2004 9:47 am

Having some peresonal familiarity with this particular aircraft, I'd say that our own BB Gun didn't do such a bad job with it.ImageIt might also be noted that BB's is closer to "Neumacher Blue" than the other examples :)
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Postby Todzilla » Tue Sep 28, 2004 2:37 pm

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