North American Aviation P-51K Mustang – Mrs Bonnie, 460th FS, 348th FG, Bill Dunham, USAAF, La Shima 1945. With Nose Art Panel
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale US32213: North American P-51K Mustang in the superb markings of “Mrs Bonnie” of the 460th Fighter Squadron, 348th fighter Group, as flown by ace pilot Lt. Col. Bill Dunham based at Le Shima in 1945. Limited edition of 2,700 pieces. Displays superbly in its polished metal finish, complete with a large scale diecast cut out panel of the fuselage showing the art detail. Only intended for US release, these are now sought after collectors items. As the models and panels have aged the polished metal finish has tarnished in places.
Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches
Dinghy’ Dunham scored his first seven victories in a P-47D-2 called ‘Bonnie’ but by late 1944 had moved onto a P-47D-25 also called ‘Bonnie’ and now extravagantly showing a host of kill markings. As the 348th FG’s second most successful ace, Dunham almost certainly scored his final four P-47 kills in this particular fighter. He left his beloved 460th FS in mid-December 1944 to become assistant group operations officer, prior to returning home in January 1945 to attend a gunnery course. He re-joined the group in May 1945 to find the P-47’s replaced by Mustangs and it was in one such P-51K called ‘Mrs Bonnie’ that he scored his sixteenth and final victory on 1st August.