North American P-51D Mustang Mk IV – 112 Sqn RAF, Cervia, Italy, May 1945
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale Legends AA32217: North American P-51D Mustang of 112 Sqn RAF, Cervia, Italy, May 1945
Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches
This was a US-applied version of the standard RAF Day Fighter Scheme finish comprising Olive Drab and Sea Gray upper surfaces over Light Gray under surfaces. No.112 Squadron’s famous sharkmouth is on the nose. This was the final piston-engined aircraft type operated by 112 Sqn, the Mustang IVA (P-51 K); a mixture of Mk.lV’s (P-51D) and IVA’s were operated from February 1945 until December 1946. The Mustang IV’s and IVA’s were used alongside the remaining Mk.lII’s mainly in the ground attack role with bombs, though they did also fly longerrange missions with fuel drop tanks underwing. After a period in Northern Italy on occupation duty after the war’s end the Squadron was disbanded at Treviso on 30th December 1946.
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.”