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A P-51 Mustang (KI-Q, serial number 43-6865), marked "ww" for "war weary". KI-Q was transferred from the 496th Fighter Training Group sometime during the month of November 1944 when the Fighter Training Groups were disbanded and the training of new combat pilots was accomplished by the main line Fighter Groups. The aircraft shows up on the 20th Fighter Group Monthly Inventory List on 6 December 1944 and remained with this Group until it was transferred to the 434th Fighter Squadron/479th Fighter Group on 9 April 1945. For about 2 weeks at the end of March 1945 the aircraft was on Detached Service with the 56th Fighter Group. Handwritten on slide:"20FG/55FS Mount Farm OTU IM 119a R. Astrella"

IWM catalogue record

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

A P-51 Mustang (KI-Q, serial number 43-6855, "War Weary") of the 55th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group. Handwritten on slide:"20FG/55FS Mount Farm OTU IM 119a R. Astrella"



  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 55th Fighter Squadron


  • Robert Astrella

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Photographic Supply
    Staff Sergeant Robert Astrella was a keen photographer, he photographed the aircraft that visited Mount Farm, and like many airmen he used his leave to travel to historic sites around Britain. His colour photographs are a rich record of Britain at war ...


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  • Mount Farm

    Military site : airfield
    Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...


Date Contributor Update
27 April 2015 12:42:29 Lucy May Changes to caption and aircraft associations

Correspondence with researcher Ted Damick.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:39:50 AAM AAM ingest

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