By Jerry Scutts

Surely the simplest American fighter of worldwide conflict 2, the North American P-51 Mustang served in huge numbers with the USAAF’s 8th Air strength from past due 1943 until eventually VE Day, and used to be the mount of so much aces in-theatre. Charged with the accountability of escorting large formations of B-17 Flying citadel and B-24 Liberator bombers on sunlight raids deep into Germany, the P-51 pilots of many of the fighter teams in the ’Mighty 8th’ went face to face with the cream of the Luftwaffe’s fighter squadrons for keep an eye on of the skies over the 3rd Reich. airplane of the Aces 1, 19 and 24 also are to be had in one quantity as ‘Aces of the strong Eighth’.

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