P-51D, “Frances Dell”, N51ZW
This Mustang with the serial number 44–74453 was manufactured at the North American Aviation Plant Inglewood, California in 1944. Built close to the end of the war, it has not seen any wartime activity and was stored by the United States Army Air Forces until 1950, when it was sold to the Royal Canadian Air Force. It was in service with the RCAF until 1959 when it was once again sold to a private civilian owner in the US.
From then on, it had different owners and was painted as ‘Glamorous Gal’ until 2011, when the plane was damaged due to a collapse of the right landing gear during a roll-out.
Afterwards, Mr. Carl Patrick, the caretaker until 2019, decided to fully restore the Mustang and present it in the colours of ‘Frances Dell“ the plane of Lt. Col. Clark W. Clemmons of the 84th Fighter Squadron of the 78th Fighter Group. The 78th Fighter Group in the 8th Air Force of the US Army with its ‘Chequerboard’-P-51 Mustangs was based at the legendary airfield RAF Duxford in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.
In March of 2020, the plane was sold to its current owner and transferred to Germany by MeierMotors. Currently it is stationed at Siegerland Airport (EDGS), where it is operated by Georg Raab and his team of Flying Legends.
Aircraft type: Fighter Operator: Flying Legends Manufacturing date: 1944 Serial number: 44-74453 Livery: P-51 of Lt. Col. Clark W. Clemmons of the 84th Fighter Squadron of the 78th Fighter Group, based in Duxford