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Old 03-12-2014, 05:29 PM   #1
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I have this old photo of a P-51D that my Grandfather brought back with him from WWII. I am assuming he took it from the side gunner position of a B-24 he was flying in. I always wanted to know more about this plane. I realize this is a bad picture but I might be able to get a better scan of the original I just need to teach my grandmother how to use her scanner over a long distant phone call (easier said then done). From what I can tell, it looks like this is a Tuskegee squadron mustang. I remember my grandfather telling me how entertaining the Tuskegee airman's radio chatter was. I guess everyone he heard was a real character.

But if anyone can find any information on the pilot or anything really it would be much a appreciated. My goal would be to make a skin of this plane eventually but I think I need a little better picture of the nose art. I know the original is a little clearer so hopefully I can get.

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Those arent Red Tails markings are they? Oops, I see that is your guess as well....
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It does not look like Redtails to me. Tail color comes too far forward.
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It does not look like Redtails to me. Tail color comes too far forward.


Hmm are you sure?

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No.
I thought they were but please let me know why you think otherwise. Any ideas what squadron it does belong to?

This is another image I found that I think looks like it has a similar paint scheme but I could be wrong.



Edit: I chose this image because I think they have the same nose stripe where it come to a point below the exhaust.

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Also I dont see many other squadrons that had the numbering like that as well, many of them were started with letters... I am leaning towards Tuskegee, now its a matter of seeing if the recorded the ID numbers with pilots...
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Hmm are you sure?
I am seeing that diagonal line being well forward of the horizontal stabilizer in the OP's photo.
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How accurate are those colors drawn on these aircraft, they were done by the ground crews in the field right? As well there was 4 squadrons under the 332nd fighter group, I would say that might allow for some variance... but I dont know... I dont see any other squadron with a design that close...
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How accurate are those colors drawn on these aircraft, they were done by the ground crews in the field right? As well there was 4 squadrons under the 332nd fighter group, I would say that might allow for some variance... but I dont know... I dont see any other squadron with a design that close...
I did find this image to support that.

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I would find a site that specializes in the history of the 332nd fighter group and send them the picture, surely there is some reference about pilots and aircraft around somewhere.
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