Honoring Two Aces

The names and paint schemes of these North American P-51D Mustangs honor two World War II aces with the U.S. Army Air Force 357th Fighter Group 363rd Fighter Squadron. This renowned Group was unofficially known as the “Yoxford Boys” after the village of Oxford near their base in the United Kingdom.

Old Crow honors triple ace and Distinguished Flying Cross recipient Colonel Clarence “Bud” Anderson. Anderson named multiple planes “Old Crow” after the cheapest bourbon whiskey available at the time. The P-51 shown here represents a P-51D Anderson flew.

Gentleman Jim honors ace and Distinguished Flying Cross recipient Capt. James Browning. Reflecting his good manners, Browning’s close friends Chuck Yeager and Bud Anderson gave him the nickname "Gentleman Jim", which Browning applied to one of the P-51s he flew. While escorting bombers in February, 1945, Browning and the squadron engaged Luftwaffe Me 262 jet fighters. During the engagement Browning shot down two Me 262s before he and another Me 262 collided and Browning perished.

Both aircraft are owned by Jack Roush. Roush is the founder and co-owner of a NASCAR racing team. He is also the founder and owner of Roush Aviation, which services P-51s and AT-6 Texans, including Merlin engines.

Seen at the 2021 Thunder Over Michigan Airshow, sponsored by the Yankee Air Museum.

Posted by scattered1 on 2021-09-03 01:57:28

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