Photo identification of unit of P51 Mustang crashed in Switzerland, February 1945?

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Photo identification of unit of P51 Mustang crashed in Switzerland, February 1945?

Post by Sid Guttridge » 04 Apr 2021 18:27

Is there enough information from the markings to identify the unit of the Mustang in the following photograph: https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/warbirds_m ... d/37577434

It would appear from the text to be from a P51 unit in Italy.

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Sid.

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Re: Photo identification of unit of P51 Mustang crashed in Switzerland, February 1945?

Post by Sid Guttridge » 04 Apr 2021 22:27

I have found the following illustration, which has apparently identical markings but different serial number: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/300052393919758266/

Is it safe to assume they are from the same group and squadron - 5th Squadron, 52nd Fighter Group?

Cheers,

Sid.

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Re: Photo identification of unit of P51 Mustang crashed in Switzerland, February 1945?

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Re: Photo identification of unit of P51 Mustang crashed in Switzerland, February 1945?

Post by Sid Guttridge » 05 Apr 2021 10:00

Hi Takao,

Thanks. That confirms its unit.

Cheers,

Sid.

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Re: Photo identification of unit of P51 Mustang crashed in Switzerland, February 1945?

Post by LineDoggie » 07 Apr 2021 18:51

P-51B-15-NA Code VF*U nickname "Little Ambassador"
Pilot- 2nd Lt. Robert F. "Rocky" Rhodes age 21
5th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Group 15th Army Air Force, USAAF home base Madna Italy

Hit by flak while Strafing
"There are two kinds of people who are staying on this beach: those who are dead and those who are going to die. Now let’s get the hell out of here".
Col. George Taylor, 16th Infantry Regiment, Omaha Beach

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