Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series HA7749 North American Mustang Mk.IV "Dooleybird" flown by F/L Arthur S. "Joe" Doley, 19th Squadron, RAF, late 1945. 1/48 Scale Diecast Model, Size: 9.25" Wingspan & 8" Long, Optional Up & Down Landing Gear, Armaments & Display Stand Are Included.
The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II and the Korean War, among other conflicts. The Mustang was designed in April 1940 by a design team headed by James Kindelberger of North American Aviation (NAA) in response to a requirement of the British Purchasing Commission. Primary Role: Fighter.
Later in WWII the Allied bombers were flying deep into Germany but suffered tremendous losses because of the lack of range the fighter escorts had. German fighters would wait beyond the range of the Allied fighters and then attack the vulnerable bombers. Once the P-51, called Mustang by the British, had the Allison engine replaced with a British Merlin it possessed the high performance that had been lacking. With drop tanks the P-51 had the range to escort bombers all the way to Berlin and back.
During WWII F/L Arthur S. “Joe” Doley flew Spitfires and Hurricanes with the Nos. 610 and 87 Squadrons of the RAF. In February 1945 he transferred to No. 19 Squadron flying P-51 Mustangs on long range operations over the North Sea. Over time salt would make the aircraft look worn so Doley’s Mustang was sent for an overhaul and replaced by a new natural metal Mustang Mk.IV KM272 / QV-V. Doley had “Dooleybird” painted on the left side of the fuselage along with a blue and white spinner and engine cowling.
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|9.25" Wingspan & 8" Long
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