The Aircraft

P-51B Mustang “Berlin Express” (N-515ZB)

  • P-51B Mustang (Razorback)
  • Operator: Comanche Fighters
  • Year of Manufacture: 1943
  • Powered by: RR Merlin Packard
  • Colour Scheme: 357th Fighter Group “Berlin Express”

 

The restored fighter is based around the remains of P-51B 43-24837. This Mustang flew with the 9th Air Force’s 363rd Fighter Group out of RAF Staplehurst in Kent, England. It crashed in Beckley after the pilot was forced to bail out during a training exercise on June 10th, 1944. Sporting a “Malcolm Hood” canopy and wearing the markings for “Berlin Express”, Comanche Fighters newest Mustang is dressed exactly like the 357th Fighter Group Mustang which the legendary American ace Bill Overstreet flew under the Eiffel tower while successfully shooting down a Messerschmitt Me-109 in 1944.

Large Image: Darren Harbar

Small Image: Comanche Fighters