|Later in WWII the Allied bombers were flying deep into Germany but suffered tremendous losses
because of the lack of range the fighter escorts had. German fighters would wait beyond the
range of the Allied fighters and then attack the vulnerable bombers. Once the P-51 called
Mustang by the British had the Allison engine replaced with a British Merlin it possessed the high
performance that had been lacking. With drop tanks the P-51 had the range to escort bombers all
the way to Berlin and back.
Roscoe Brown received his pilot wings at Tuskgee Army Air Base and went for his fighter training
in Michigan and South Carolina before being shipped off to join the other Tuskgee Airmen
already in Italy. Lt. Brown arrived in Italy in July 1944 and assigned to the 100th FS of the 332nd
FG. After 8 months and 60 missions Lt. Brown was Squadron Leader for a bomber escort on
March 24, 1945. During this sortie he is credited with downing an Me-262 jet. In April 1945 he
was promoted to Captain and made Commander of the 100th FS. By the end of the war he was
credited with 2 aerial victories, 3 aircraft destroyed on the ground and 13 locomotives. He
received the DFC and other metals and citations.
Specifications for the North American Aviation P-51D Mustang
Tasks – Dive-bomber, bomber-escort, ground-attack, interceptor, photo recon
Number Produced All Variants – 14,819
Wing Span – 37 ft (11.27 m)
Length – 32 ft 3 in (9.82 m)
Height – 13 ft 8 in (4.16 m)
Empty – 7,125 lb (3,232 kg)
Gross – 10,100 lb (4,581 kg)
Maximum Take-off – 11,600 lb (5,262 kg)
Engine – Packard Merlin two-staged supercharged V-1650-7, 12 cylinder V engine 1,695 hp.
Maximum Speed – 437 mph (703 km/h)
Ceiling – 41,900 ft (12,771 m)
Range – 950 miles (1,529 km)
Maximum Range – 2,300 miles (3,701 km)
(6) .50 caliber MG
Maximum External Bomb Load – 2,000 lb (907 kg)
Or (4) .5 inch rockets.
|Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series
P-51D Mustang "Bunnie"
flown by Capt. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. 100th FS, 332nd FG
Ramitelli, Italy March 1945