North American Aviation P-51D Mustang – Down for Double, 355th FG USAAF, RAF Steeple Morden 1945. With Nose Art Panel


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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 Scale US32226: North American P-51D Mustang “Down for Double” as flown by Gordon Graham of 355th FG, 354th FS, USAAF, Steeple Morden, England, 1945. Complete with large scale detailed Nose Art Panel. Limited Edition of 1,410 Pieces. Box is not totally perfect on this model, with a small crease extending from one underside corner.

Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches

Lt Col Gordon Graham claimed seven aerial and 9.5 victories during his time in the European Theatre. All of these kills came while flying the P-51. He was assigned to the 355th FG’s HQ flight, whose aircraft featured the unique white nose colors seen here, as well as the white letter C on the rudder tip. The 355th quickly gained acclaim as the “Steeple Morden Strafers,” a reference to its base in England and its lethal accuracy at low level. The 355th FG ended the war having destroyed or damaged 1,500 enemy planes including 502 strafing victories – the highest air-to-ground tally of any fighter unit in the Eighth Air Force. Its pilots also shot down 365.5 enemy aircraft.

During WW2, young airmen separated from home, family, loved ones and a familiar way of life often sought ways of escaping the harsh reality of war by personalising their aircraft with what has become known as nose art. Humour, slogans, nicknames, cartoons, girls; all were used to bring a touch of light relief to their deadly day-to-day existence. The Corgi Nose Art range aims to capture some of the superb works of art that adorned aircraft on all sides of the conflict. Each model includes a large-scale body panel featuring the art in colourful detail.

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.”

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Weight 1.3 kg