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P-51B, Supermarine Spitfire MK VIII
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Boys looking over first P-51BS 2-32
American Spitfire pilots with the 31st Fighter Group get a look at their first replacement P-51B at Castel Volturno, Italy, March 1944. The Mustang opened up the long range escort mission for the unit's pilots but they were not enthusiastic in the least about losing their maneuverable Spits. It would take some time and an increasing opportunity to shoot down enemy aircraft to make them forget the elegant British fighter.** See note below.
Italy, Castel Volturno
07/16/2015 6:12 am
That's a P-51B not a D model, the D had the bubble canopy, this is what is called a "Razorback", much like the early P-47 models before they got a bubble canopy as well.