North American P-51D Mustang – Petie 2nd, 487th FS, John Meyer, USAAF, England 1944 1/48 Displayed Light Damage
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Hobby Master 1/48 Scale HA7711: North American P-51D Mustang #44-14151 “Petie 2nd” of 487th FS, 352nd FG, USAAF, John Meyer, RAF Bodney, England, August 1944.
Length 8 inches Wingspan 9.25 inches
PLEASE NOTE: Model has been on display and the undercarriage and weapons were attached with glus. This has now been removed and touched in where necessary and everything is complete and operates as it should. Canopy opacity is 9. 5 out of 10 and does not detract from the models display potential. However please do not purchase if you want a perfect example. Box is not totally perfect with the odd light scuff tear or crease, but model is new.
J.C. Meyer joined the USAAF in 1939. By 1943 he was a Major and CO of the 487th Fighter Squadron of the 352nd Fighter Group Stationed in Bodney, England. With the nose of their aircraft painted blue the 352nd became known as “The Blue-nosed Bastards of Bodney”. On November 26, 1943 Major Meyer scored the first 487th victory against a Me 109. In 1944 Meyer became a Lt. Col. and finished WWII with 24 air-to-air victories, 13 ground victories. He was awarded three Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross with five oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with 15 oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart, the French Croix de Guerre, and the Belgian Croix de Guerre. During the Korean War Meyer was CO of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing and earned 2 MiG-15 victories. He later became a four-star General and held many posts and commands, too numerous to list. One such role was Vice Chief of Staff of the USAF. On July 1, 1974 General Meyer retired from the military as Commander in Chief of SAC.
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.”