FROM THE HEIGHTS TO... 60 FEET UNDERSEA
A Mustang's Tale
In December 2006, the wreck of a Mustang P-51 B was discovered underwater near the town of Ajaccio, Corsica, by the archaeological diving team of ARASM.
Many hours of research were required to learn the origin and identification of the plane. In our investigations we learned that the pilot not only survived the crash, but is alive and well today in his hometown of Blasdell, N.Y.
A plane of legend
According to many, the Mustang was one of the best prop fighters in World War II. Produced in large quantities, this long-range fighter played a key role in escorting Allied bombers over the skies of Germany and all of occupied Europe. Hermann Goering declared at his trial in Nuremberg: “When I saw the Mustangs in the sky over Berlin, I knew it was the end”.
|Our plane never reached Berlin, but it had travelled long journeys. Produced at the Inglewood Plant (near LA, California), with the serial number 42-106585, she was ferried in North Africa, then joined Italy. She was assigned to the 309th Fighter Squadron, the ‘Wild Ducks’, whose pilots proudly wore the first ‘Walt Disney authorized’ patch. In that squadron, our plane was assigned the letter ‘I’, thus becoming ‘WZ-I’.|
A unit of legend
Posted by Association ARASM, on 03/01/2007 at 12:38