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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Ground crew fit 75 gallon drop tanks to P-51 Mustang, GQ-I, serial number 43-12451, of the 355th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, January 1944. The aircraft carries the marking "Peggy" on its right hand side. Printed caption on reverse: Battle of Berlin Fighter. The Mustang P-51B, newest aircraft to be used in the European Theatre of Operations, is the longest-ranged single-engined fighter in the workd - and one of the fastest. These aircraft took part in last week's great air battle, escorting Forts and Liberators deep into Germany. There is reason to believe that the new Mustang may have Berlin range. O.P.S. Fitting the auxiliary petrol tanks to the Mustang for another long flight into Germany. (Barratt's. 18/1/44).



  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • 355th Fighter Squadron


  • 43-12451 'Live Bait' 'Peggy'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 355FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Declared war weary. Transferred to 436FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:41:43 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection