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P-51 Mustang s/n 472940, 361st FG, "Death's Angel", flown by Harry Chapman
General Background
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.
The Aircraft
In April 1944 Harry M. Chapman received his pilot wings as a 2Lt. His assignment was with the 361st FG where he destroyed two aircraft on the ground and an Me-262 in the air while on an escort mission. In 1947 he became an assistant operations officer in Japan, in 1954 became a General. In 1969 he was in command of the 460th TRW in Vietnam and flew 206 combat missions. He received numerous awards and became a Brigadier General before retiring in 1974.
Specifications :


Dive-bomber, bomber-escort, ground-attack, interceptor, photo recon
Number Produced All Variants: 14,819
Height: 13 ft 8 in (4.16 m)
Wingspan: 37 ft (11.27 m)
Length: 32 ft 3 in (9.82 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)
Armament (6) .50 caliber MG
Maximum External Bomb Load – 2,000 lb (907 kg)
Or (4) .5 inch rockets