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HistoryEdit

Named *My Lady/Miss Marilyn* upon assignment, it was normally flown by Henry Longs.

This plane, flown by Lt. Thomas Todd, was one of four P-51s of the 318th FS who were detailed to escort a F-5E[N 1] of the 32nd Squadron. However, all failed to return, due to adverse weather conditions.

Two of the P-51s, the P-51D 44-15174 flown by Lt. Norval Weers. and the P-51B 42-103458, landed in a field in Austria, near the Hungarian border. While Lt. Weers crash landed his plane (wheels up) Lt. Todd. who was the element leader, landed wheels down.[N 2]

The two P-51s were retrieved by the Germans. The P-51D flown by Lt. Weers was 35% damaged, and was only used for parts,[3] While the P-51B was tested at Rechlin, Germany, in Olive Drab/Yellow camouflage scheme.[4]

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NotesEdit

  1. Unarmed Photo-reconnaissance aircraft based on the Lockheed P-38J
  2. In 1995, Weers stated his belief that Todd had landed in order to pick him up, before flying back to base, despite not having sufficient fuel.

SourcesEdit

  1. http://www.mustang.gaetanmarie.com/articles/germany/germany.htm
  2. http://cgibin.rcn.com/jeremy.k/cgi-bin/gzUsafSearch.pl?target=42-103458&content=
  3. http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=5550
  4. http://wp.scn.ru/en/ww2/f/165/2/0