Hobby Master 1-48 Air Power
HA7748 P-51D Mustang "Daddy's Girl" flown by Major Ray Wetmore, 370th FS, 359th FG, East Wretham, Norfolk, 1945

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.

In March 1943 Raymond S Wetmore was assigned to the 359th FG that went to England in October. February and March 1944 saw Wetmore score his first 4.5 victories flying a P-47 before switching to P-51s. At only 20 years of age Wetmore became an ACE with two victories on May 19 when he downed 2 Me-109s. By the end of 1944 Wetmore had 15 victories and was flying “Daddy’s Girl” P-51. His final victory came on March 15, 1945 by shooting down a rocket powered Me-163 bringing his total to 21.25 aircraft.

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)
(4) .5 inch rockets.