|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.
P-51D Mustang “Duchess Arlene” was named after Captain Robert Williams’ sweetheart at the
time, Arlene Roberts. Captain Williams was a graduate of the all black training facility in
Tuskegee, Alabama. Captain Williams flew with the 15th Air Force, 100th FS, 332nd FG in Italy.
The 15th Air Force is credited with over 9,100 sorties. The Tuskegee Airmen became known as
the “Red Tails” because they were equipped with used P-51Ds from other units. To cover the old
tail markings they decided to paint the entire tail section red.
Specifications for the North American Aviation P-51D Mustang
Tasks – Dive-bomber, bomber-escort, ground-attack, interceptor, photo recon
Number Produced All Variants – 14,819
Wing Span – 37 ft (11.27 m)
Length – 32 ft 3 in (9.82 m)
Height – 13 ft 8 in (4.16 m)
Empty – 7,125 lb (3,232 kg)
Gross – 10,100 lb (4,581 kg)
Maximum Take-off – 11,600 lb (5,262 kg)
Engine – Packard Merlin two-staged supercharged V-1650-7, 12 cylinder V engine 1,695 hp.
Maximum Speed – 437 mph (703 km/h)
Ceiling – 41,900 ft (12,771 m)
Range – 950 miles (1,529 km)
Maximum Range – 2,300 miles (3,701 km)
(6) .50 caliber MG
Maximum External Bomb Load – 2,000 lb (907 kg)
Or (4) .5 inch rockets.
|Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series
100th FS, 332nd FG, ETO 1944-45
"Duchess Arlene" "10"