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Aviar
06-29-2005, 03:11 PM
nt

xTHRUDx
06-29-2005, 03:15 PM
yes

goshikisen
06-29-2005, 03:21 PM
Amongst other things Mustangs would fly out of Iwo Jima to escort Superfortresses to Japan.

JG53Frankyboy
06-29-2005, 03:43 PM
they were very active over the Philipines

http://home.att.net/~jbaugher1/p51_10.html


http://home.att.net/~jbaugher1/p51_8.html


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BPLIzard
06-29-2005, 03:45 PM
The 530th Fighter Squadron, aka The Yellow Scorpions, was the first U.S. fighter squadron to fly the P-51 against the Japanese in CBI. The Spam Can is one of their famous restored birds.

http://www.warbird-photos.com/airshow2003/images/PICT1078.JPG

VBF-83_Hawk
06-29-2005, 06:20 PM
http://www.geocities.com/avg_83essex/Image1.jpg

ElAurens
06-29-2005, 06:32 PM
http://www.blitzpigs.com/photos/SpamCan.jpg

RAF__Swede51
06-29-2005, 06:45 PM
S! Hawk
Where could one get a copy of that skin now?
Thanks.
Il-2 Skins.com isn't up presently.

bolillo_loco
06-29-2005, 07:50 PM
yes it did, here are statistics on the P-38, P-47, and P-51 in the PTO

2683 total enemy aircraft destroyed in the air

P-38 1,708 64%
P-47 696 26%
P-51 279 10%

Box-weasel
06-29-2005, 08:42 PM
http://www.airwarfare.com/Sims/FB/images/skins/historical/boxweasel/PTO.jpg DL (http://www.airwarfare.com/Sims/FB/files/skins/historical/PTO_Mustangs.zip)

VBF-83_Hawk
06-30-2005, 03:07 PM
Originally posted by RAF__Swede51:
S! Hawk
Where could one get a copy of that skin now?
Thanks.
Il-2 Skins.com isn't up presently.

It was in my P-51 skins folder. I dont recall downloading it so it must be a game provided skin

Utchoud
06-30-2005, 03:14 PM
May I just disturb you for a while, skin-exchangers?

Sure the P-51D operated in PTO, but I've never heard of the older versions P-51B/C operating there (perhaps in CBI?) Can anyone tell me something about it, please?

Thanks

Utchoud

BPLIzard
06-30-2005, 03:41 PM
Originally posted by Utchoud:
Sure the P-51D operated in PTO, but I've never heard of the older versions P-51B/C operating there (perhaps in CBI?) Can anyone tell me something about it, please?

Thanks

Utchoud


The 530th also used the B and C models. Let me quote directly from an article in Flight Journal's Pacific Fighters issue:

" The 530th Fighter Squadron proved to be one of the few that would later be considered a thoroughbred Mustang squadron. It started with the North American A-36 dive-bomber and transitioned into the P-51 A/B/C and D models, and its expertise with the B and C versions earned it the respect of Japanese pilots and the radio propagandist, "Tokyo Rose."

RAC_Pips
07-01-2005, 05:05 AM
Here is a list of units that operated various models of the P-51 in the Pacific Theatre. Although never available in large numbers, the Mustang was a around in the Pacific Theatre from 1943 onwards.

1st Air Commando
Operated from bases in india over Burma from February 1944 to May 1944.

2nd Air Commando
Also flew from bases in India and operated over Burma and Thailand from November 1944 to May 1945.

3rd Air Commando
Operated over the Philippines from late 1944 threough to the end of the war. Mostly flew ground attack missions, but did flew escort and fighter sweep missions to Formosa.

8th Reconnaissance Group
Used some F-6 Mustangs from mid 1944 on photo and recon missions over Burma, China, French Indochina and Thailand.

15th Fighter Group, VII Fighter Command Operated P-51D's from iwo Jima from February 1945. Initially flew ground missions on nearby islands and shipping in the Bonins until late March. Then commenced VLR escort and fighter sweep missions to Japan on April 7, 1945.

21st Fighter Group, VII Fighter Command
Moved to Iwo Jima with P-51D's in late February 1945. suffered casualties during the japanes banzai charge on the night of March 26-27. Flew it's first combat mission the next day. Mixture of VLR escort and fighter sweeps over the main Japanese Islands through to the end of the war.

23rd Fighter Group, 14th Air Force
Famed 'Flying Tiger' group flew it's first P-51A mission on November 23, 1943. Operated from bases in China and flew as far afield as Formosa, Shangai, Canton and Hong Kong.

35th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force
Received P-51D's while stationed on Luzon in the Philippines in March 1945. Flew a mixture of ground support, fighter sweep and bomber escort missions.

71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 5th Air Force
Received some F-6 and P-51 Mustangs in late 1944. Flew numerous missions over the Philippines, China and Formosa. William Shomo won the Congressional Medal Of Honor flying a Mustang on January 11, 1945 when he shot down seven enemy planes.

311th Fighter Group, 15th Air Force
Began operations with A-36'sin late 1943 from bases in India. Converted to P-51B's in 1944. In Jluy the unit moved to Burma. In August 1944 the unit was moved again, this time to China for gound attack for the remainder of the war.

348th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force
Converted from P-47 Thunderbolts to P-51D's in May 1945 in the Philippines. Mostly flew ground support missions, with occassional escort and sweeps over Formosa.

506th Fighter Group, VII Fighter Command
Flew it's foirst mission from Iwo Jima against the Bonin Islands on 8th May, 1945. Conducted VLR mission over Japan from June onwards.

Utchoud
07-01-2005, 05:53 AM
Thank you!

I didn't know anything about P-51s in PTO/CBI prior to the Philippines campaign.