North American Aviation P-51D Mustang – Old Crow, 363rd FG, Bud Anderson & Crew Figures 1/32
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/32 Scale US34405: North American P-51D Mustang serial 44-14450 “Old Crow” of 362nd FS, 357th FG, USAAF, as flown by ace pilot Bud Anderson. In superb natural metal finish, complete with 4 scale hand painted metal crew figures. Limited Edition of 2,200 Pieces, intended mainly for US only issue. Now highly sought after.
Length 12 inches Wingspan 14 inches
PLEASE NOTE: On Planestore 1/32 P-51s I have removed the black plastic retainer inside the polystyrene tray as it has a tendency to scratch the paintwork on the model.
In late 1944, Captain Clarence “Bud” Anderson returned to the 357th Fighter Group and was assigned a new P-51D painted in the dark green camouflage scheme. When snow fell over Germany, Bud had the plane painted silver for better camouflage. This flight-line diorama is dedicated to Bud Anderson for his skillful combat flying, and all the 357th ground support who maintained the P-51 Mustangs during WWII.
The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 equipped unit in the Eighth Air Force, beginning combat operations in February 1944. The 357th scored a higher number of air-to-air kills than any other unit in the Eighth and it accounted for 42 Mustang Aces, more than any other group. The leading ace of the 363rd Fighter Squadron was Clarence ‘Bud’ Anderson. Initially flown by Anderson in drab and neutral grey, “Old Crow” had been stripped to a bare metal finish by late 1944 and had gained a red rudder, although it retained invasion stripes. Clarence Anderson ended the war with 16.25 aerial victories, plus a single strafing kill. He remained in the USAF after the war, serving as a test pilot for many years, before flying F-105s in Vietnam. Today Bud still flies a P-51 restored exactly as his “Old Crow” at airshows and other events across the USA.
Designed to meet an RAF requirement for fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-51 Mustang was first flown on October 26th, 1940. This versatile aircraft was capable of escorting bombers on long-range missions, engaging in dogfights, and dropping down to destroy German targets on the ground. At least eight versions of the P-51 were produced, but it was the definitive P-51D that gave the Mustang its classic warbird appearance. Britain and the US both tested the airframe with the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, which gave the aircraft tremendous performance gains. The Truman Senate War Investigating Committee called the Mustang “the most aerodynamically perfect pursuit plane in existence.”