North American P-51B 42-106872 "PATTY ANN II",
1st Lt. John F Thornell Jr, 328th FS, 352nd FG, Bodney, July 1944.
The legend that we know today as the Mustang did not begin with a very
auspicious start. Initially fitted with the Alison engine, it was not
until October 1942 with the installation of the Rolls-Royce Merlin 61
as fitted to the Spitfire and Hurricane that the outstanding performance
of the Mustang was to show through.
Fitted with four 0.50" calibre Browning machine guns and
able to carry either long range tanks or bombs under the wing the P-51B
Mustang was as at home whether it was in a fighter escort role or in ground
attack mode. The P-51 Mustang like so many aircraft of World War II would continue
to evolve with early P-51Bs
being retofitted with a blown canopy known as the 'Malcolm Hood' to improve
pilot visibilty, before its most famous incarnation as the P-51D.
war as the Group's third ranking ace, and top-scorer of the 328th Fighter
Squadron, Thornell opened his account with 4.25 P-47 victories. He in fact
led the Group's scoring league table until his return to the USA in June
1944, giving Maj George E Preddy and Lt Col John Meyer the opourtunity to
overtake him! When he left the squadron in July 1944 he was the first of
the unit's pilots to reach 300 opperational hours, and had amassed 17.25
aerial victories (13 while flying P-51 Mustangs) and two ground victories. Thornell
scored nine of his 17.5 aerial victories in PATTY ANN II, these being claimed
between 8th May and 21st June 1944. Many historians have discribed this
P-51 Mustang as being fitted with a Malcolm hood during its operational life but
in reality the replacement hood was actually a Spitfire canopy. PATTY ANN
II was downed by German fighters on the 12th of September 1944, killing
the pilot, Lt Joseph Broadwater.
Source: Osprey Aviation Books, Aircraft Of The Aces Vol 1. ISBN 1-85532-447-4
Scale 1:72 Wingspan 6.17" (156 mm)
Base size 6.37" (162 mm) square (No. 4)
Weight not including base 8.75 ozs (247 grams) Limited edition of 25 only
Price £90.00 plus delivery