1) 44-13897 was originally assigned to Charles “Daddy Rabbit” Peters, who named it
“Daddy Rabbit”. When Peters’ tour expired, he agreed to leave it to another pilot, who
had just returned to the group after having been shot down and evading capture. That
pilot renamed the aircraft, and changed the individual aircraft letter to “Y”. Later that pilot
downed 5 aircraft on a single mission, and received some press regarding the mission.
Pictures taken for that event showed that 897 had received a tail fillet, had the rear view
mirror removed, and 5 kill flags applied in addition to his previous single kill. 897 had a
new K-14 gunsight installed, which the pilot used on his 5 kill mission. Fuselage ID stripes
were lowered on the fuselage when the new tail fillet was installed, single white ID stripe
remained on the wings and stabilizers. Non-shrouded exhausts.
2) 44-13897 portrayed as “Daddy Rabbit”. Charles Peters had previously flown a P-51B
with the same name, and carried his previous 4 kill markings from that aircraft to his
brand new P-51D. Fuselage ID stripes were high on the fuselage, single white ID stripes
on the wings and stabilizers. Non-shrouded exhausts.
3) 44-13522 was assigned to William “O’Bee” O’Brien. When O’Bee returned for his second
tour, he got a new P-51D, which he christened “Billy’s Bitch” and had that painted on both
sides of the nose. Full black and white underwing invasion stripes and stripes high on the
fuselage. Serial number carried higher on the tail than normal. Non-shrouded exhausts.
4) 44-13518 was assigned to Maj. Edwin Hiro, CO of the 363rd FS. He carried over the
name “Horses Itch” from his previous P-51B after a favorite drink of his. There is evidence
to support that 518 carried full invasion stripes at one point, at least on the wings. There
are full invasion stripes on the bottom of the wings. 518 also carried a non-standard rear
view mirror on the L side of the fuselage. Hiro was shot down and killed in this aircraft on
his last mission over Holland on Sept. 19th, 1944. Non-shrouded exhausts.
5) Maj. Joseph Broadhead previously commanded the 362nd FS. When he returned from leave
he was promoted to group Operations Officer but maintained an aircraft in the 362nd, which
he named after his son like his previous aircraft. As a “wheel” in the group, he got one of the
newest aircraft delivered upon his return, a P-51D-10 fresh off the boat. “Master Mike”
44-14798 probably did not have a set of low fuselage ID stripes. Possibly wing/stab stripes.
It did carry a cowling full of mission marks and his personal kill marks. Shrouded exhausts.
6) 44-13316 was delivered to the group early in June 1944, and received a full set of D-Day
stripes and the name “Mildred” painted on it. It carried fuselage kill markings associated
with Capt. Leonard “Kit” Carson, but it’s unclear if this was his assigned aircraft at this
stage. Later in the summer, it was officially assigned to Carson, who continued his
tradition of naming his aircraft “Nooky Booky”, 316 becoming “II”. Aircraft had the upper
wings and fuselage camouflaged in green, full underwing stripes and high fuselage stripes.
It’s possible that it carried full stripes on the top of the wings as well. Shrouded exhausts.
7) 44-13586 was the mount of hotshot ace Richard “Pete” Peterson. He named his new
P-51D “Hurry Home Honey” like his previous aircraft and had the name painted in red script
on the nose. Like many of the other aircraft from this period, 586 carried high fuselage ID
stripes and full lower wing stripes, but no evidence of upper wing stripes. Shrouded exhausts.
8) 44-14245 was flown by another hotshot Otto “Dittie” Jenkins, who traded his P-51B named
“Floogie” in on a new P-51D-10. “Floogie II” received the 357th field camouflage upon arriving at
Leiston, but a non-standard scalloped demarcation line from green to grey. During this period,
most aircraft received a set of low fuselage ID stripes, and carried a set of white ID stripes on
the wings and stabilizers. Jenkins bellied “Floogie II” in at Leiston in December, and received a
newer aircraft while 245 was being repaired. Shrouded exhausts.