Operator: Comanche Fighters, LLC
Year of Manufacture: 1943
Powered by: Rolls Royce Merlin Packard
Colour Scheme: USAF 357th Fighter Group “Frenesi”
The restored fighter is based around the remains of P-51B 43-24837. This Mustang flew with the 9th Air Force’s 363rd FG 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 FG Mustang which the legendary American ace Bill Overstreet claimed to have flow under the Eiffel tower while successfully shooting down a Messerschmitt Me-109 in 1944.
First image credit: Comanche Fighters, LLC
Second image credit: Harry Measures