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P51D Mustang USAAF 361st FG, 375th FS, #44-14164 Detroit Miss  AA27707

P51D Mustang USAAF 361st FG, 375th FS, #44-14164 Detroit Miss

Product code AA27707

North American

P-51 Mustang

USAAF

€ 60.29

Scale 1 : 72

Publisher/Brand Corgi

Format approx W 15.7 x L 13.7 x H 5.8 cm

Version Diecast metal construction with some plastic components. Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details. Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals., with stand, with antenna, with landing gear

Category Aircraft Scale Models

Subcategory 1:72 Corgi

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Already an 'Ace' pilot by the time he was asked to lead a fighter protection flight covering a deep penetration bombing raid into Germany on 7th October 1944, Urban L. Drew was also one of only three USAAF pilots to have encountered the new Messerschmitt Me262 jet fighter during a combat mission over enemy territory. As this was to be a 'Ramrod' mission, once the fighters had protected the bombers through the target area, they were free to go 'hunting' for targets of opportunity and as an expert low altitude flyer, Drew was hoping that he and his personal P-51D Mustang 'Detroit Miss' would encounter one of the Luftwaffe jet fighters again. With the bombers heading for home and the Mustangs of the 375th Fighter Squadron over Osnabrück, the same area where Drew had seen one of the German jets previously, he noticed two of the unusual aircraft moving on the airfield at Achmer below. Immediately placing his Mustang into a steep dive and pushing the throttle to maximum, he knew he would only have one chance to fire on the jets, because once they got into the air, not even a Mustang at full power could hope to catch one. As he raced towards the airfield at almost 450mph and at treetop height, the lead jet was already in the air and the second aircraft had started its take-off run - was he already too late?

Determined not to miss this opportunity, Drew flew straight along the line of the runway at Achmer and waited until this second jet filled his gunsight before firing all six of his 0.50 calibre machine guns into its fuselage. The Messerschmitt did not take evasive action and exploded in a ball of flame, showering 'Detroit Miss' with debris, as Drew's Mustang had no option but to fly straight through the explosion, calling on all his experience not to lose control. With his aircraft still responsive, he immediately looked for the lead jet, which by now must have been building up speed and could already be out of range. Spotting it in the distance, he gave chase, but it was already beginning to outpace his Mustang - he was going to need some luck. Inexplicably, the Messerschmitt pilot gave up his speed advantage and started to turn, possibly attempting to face his attacker, or simply just making a fatal error of judgement. Despite the range and whilst pulling a high G inducing turn, Drew fired a perfect deflection shot with all guns blazing, aiming well ahead of the Luftwaffe jet, which flew into the hail of bullets. The jet's canopy came off as the pilot attempted to escape, it flipped onto its back and careered into the ground - Ben Drew and his 'Detroit Miss' had just destroyed two of the Luftwaffe's incredible new jet fighters in a matter of seconds.

By now, the anti-aircraft gunners at Achmer airfield had sprung into action and they were extremely proficient at their job. With their well-trained guns now targeting Drew's yellow nosed Mustang, it was time to get as far away as possible, as quickly as possible. Remaining at low altitude and using the trees for cover, Drew maintained full power and tried to place as much distance between his Mustang and the scene of his famous double jet victory. By the time he arrived back at base, news of his double success had already begun to circulate and there was quite a crowd around Detroit Miss' revetment area as she taxied in. At that time, the 8th Air Force had started to introduce the use of colour film in fighter gun cameras, but its use had been proving somewhat problematic. The new colour film had been in use for this mission, but as Drew's crew chief removed the film canister from Detroit Miss, hoping that the day's events would yield some unique images for the US publicity department, they were to be disappointed - the film had jammed yet again and no film had been exposed. In actual fact, none of the fighters loaded with colour film for that mission came back with exposed film.

With the incident clearly being of huge interest to military planners, Drew's account of the

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