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A P-51B Mustang (GQ-A, serial number 43-12173) nicknamed "Peg O' My Heart" of the 355th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group at Boxted, 15 December 1943. Passed for publication 16 Dec 1943 and 13 Jan 1944. Handwritten caption on reverse: '354FG. Boxted. 12/43.' Printed caption on reverse: 'The P-51B - World's Fastest Fighter Plane. A new single-engined figher 'plane, the P-51B, is now escorting Flying Fortresses in raids over Germany. A new, improved version of the Mustang which has been used with such success by the R.A.F., this, the newest aircraft to be used in the European Theatre of Operations, is the longest-range, single-engined fighter plane in the world and one of the fastest. The main differences between it and the Mustang are that it has a Rolls Royce Merlin engine instead of the Allison engine and the addition of auxiliary wing-tanks which increase its range as a high-altitude fighter. Associated Press Photos Show:- Various angle views of the new P-51B and taxi-ing past other ships at a fighter station "somewhere in England". IRV 263255, IRV 263256, IRV 263257, IRV 263258, IRV 263259, IRV 263260. 15-12-43-Y.' On reverse: Associated Press and two US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].



  • 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


  • Joseph Kronek

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Crew chief to George R Bickell and P-51B 43-12173 'Peg O My Heart'.



  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...


Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:00 AAM AAM ingest

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