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P-51D Mustang "Gentleman Jim"
44-14937, 363rd FS, 357th FG, 1944
|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.
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.
|In late 1944 Captain James W. Browning of the 357th FG, 363rd FS returned for his second
tour. On Feb. 9, 1945 while piloting Gentleman Jim he failed to return. An eyewitness said he
saw an aircraft collide with an ME-262 and Browning’s dog tags were found with the wreckage.
Due to his fine manners Chuck Yeager and Bud Anderson nicknamed him 'Gentleman Jim'.
Captain Browning had 7 aerial victories and his decorations included 3 Distinguished Flying
Crosses, the Purple Heart, eight Air Medals and the French Croix de Guerre.
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