|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.
Twenty one victories made John Voll the third highest scoring Mustang pilot of WW II and the
highest scoring USAAF pilot of the 15th AF. One month after joining the 308th FS/31st FG he
scored his first victory on June 23, 1944. John Voll scored all his victories flying P-51s that he
named American Beauty, six of his victories flying P-51Bs. Lovely Lila was the crew chief’s doing.
On November 16, 1944 twelve fighters attacked John while he was downing a Ju-52. Voll
destroyed two Fw-190s, one Bf-109 and damaged several others.
Specifications for the North American Aviation P-51D Mustang
Tasks – Dive-bomber, bomber-escort, ground-attack, interceptor, photo recon
Number Produced– 1,500 with RAF receiving 594 they named Mustang Mk. IVa
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.
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P-51D Mustang "American Beauty"
Capt. John Voll, 308FS/31FG,
San Severo AB/Italy, late Nov 1944
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