Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series HA8513 North American Mustang III "Eugeniusz Horbaczewski" PK-G/FB382, 315 Squadron, RAF, 1944. 1/48 Scale Diecast Model, Size: 9.25" Wingspan & 8" Long, Optional Up & Down Landing Gear, Armaments & Display Stand Are Included.
The only difference between the North American P-51B and C variants was the B was built in Inglewood and the C in Dallas. The B variant first flew on May 5, 1943 and the C variant first flew on August 5, 1943. The B variant saw 1,988 built while the C variant saw 1,750 built. On December 1, 1943 the P-51B Mustang flew its first combat mission and in March 1944 provided bomber escort to Berlin. The high shape of the P-51B/C dorsal spine gave it the name ˘Razorback÷.
Mustang FB 382 with PK-G markings was the personal aircraft of the 315 Squadron Eugeniusz ˘Dziubek÷ Horbaczewski. On February 15, 1944 he took command of the Polish No. 315 Squadron. On August 18, 1944 Horbaczewski led 12 aircraft over France at an airfield near Beauvais they encountered a large formation of Fw-190s. The 315 Squadron attacked the Germans with Horbaczewski quickly shooting down 3 aircraft. However, sometime during the melee he went missing and in 1947 his aircraft and body were found. He is credited with 16.5 kills and downing 4 V-1s.
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