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by Various



The P-51 served in many different air forces around the world. It served during peace and during hostilities - to stop the Nazis during WWII and in the famed "Soccer Wars" in 1969. The Mustang flew and fought in Korea during the early 50's and in many other smaller conflicts. In all, at least 25 different countries operated the P-51 Mustang for more than 35 years!

The P-51 was designed and built in the USA but not because of any US contract or requirement. The British were responsible for hiring NAA to produce a new fighter, and NAA then designed the Mustang to RAF requirements. The RAF received early shipments and flew various models of the Mustang throughout the war.

During WWII the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) operated RAF Mustangs and in 1945 received their first shipment of 215 D model and 84 K model RAAF P-51s. Commonwealth Aircraft of Australia also built 200 P-51s under license from NAA. The Mustang was used by RAAF pilots in Korea until April 1951.

Information courtesy of the Digger History Website.

The images

Mustang III

North American Mustang III, 3 Squadron RAAF, Fano, Italy 1944

Tony Mollica

North American Mustang III, 3 Squadron RAAF, Fano, Italy 1944

J.D. King

North American Mustang III, 3 Squadron RAAF, Fano, Italy 1944

Nathan Bradford

1/48 ICM Mustang III, FB244 OK-F, Fano Italy

Andrew Doppel

Tamiya 1/48 Mustang III, FB128, 3 SQN, Lavariano Italy,1944

Anthony Devlin

ICM 1/48 Mustang III, FB231 CV-V, 3 SQN RAAF, Fano Italy, 1944
David Harvey


P-51D/K Mustang

1/48 Tamiya NAA P-51D Mustang, A68-766
(44-84495), 82 Sqn RAAF

David Harvey

1/48 Hasegawa P-51K, 3 SQN RAAF, Italy 1944

David Harvey

1/48 Hasegawa P-51D A68-809, 77 Squadron, Korea.
Andrew Doppel
RSL 'Classic' (from New Zealand) 1/50 P-51D
Andrew Doppel
1/72 Hasegawa NA P-51K Mustang S/N KH676
Michael Louey
1/72 Hasegawa P-51D, A68-527, 84 SQN Labuan, Nov 1945

Michael Louey

1/48 Tamiya P-51K, A68-565, 82 SQN RAAF, Twonsville 1945 Matt Gilks
ICM 1/48 P-51D Mustang, A68-750, 77 Squadron, Labuan by
Chris Doppel
1/24 Mustang KH716 (CV-P), 3 Sqn RAAF Fano, Italy 1945
Andrew Doppel
1/32 Dragon P-51K Mustang, KH655, 3 SQN RAAF
J.D. King
Tamiya 1/32 P-51D, A68-809, 77 SQN BCOF
J.D. King



1/48 Tamiya P-51D - CAC MK20 Mustang, 78 SQN RAAF


J.D King



1/48 Tamiya P-51D - CAC-18 MK23 Mustang, 77 SQN RAAF


Robert Hagger
1/72 CAC-18 MK 23 Mustang, A68-141, 24 SQN RAAF
Antoney-George WIlkinson

1/48 CA-18 Mk23, Mustang Target Tug A68-136

David Harvey