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Koda Catalog Number:  
DVD Number: 2
Slide Number: 00041
Image Location: 58 3
Tail Number: 436431
Plane Type: P-51B
Picture Type: AC ground
Info on Slide: FS Commander Maj C.H. Kinnard's ac
Unit Info: 355thFG 354thFS
Name: Man O War
Description: Maj. Claiborne H. Kinnard, Jr.'s first Man O' War just after the 354th Fighter Squadron commander got his first kill on 29 March 1944. The standard ETO white nose and bands on wing and tail have been applied, as well as the Malcolm Hood over the cockpit in place of the factory-installed "chicken coop" panels. The white paint was supposed to help identify American fighters from their German counterparts, but aircraft continued to be lost to friendly fire. The Spitfire-style bubble canopy was a major improvement that pilots found outstanding in all respects, allowing them to actually lean out over the canopy rail and look behind. Serial 43-6431, desig'n 'WD-A' pictured here after first his kill, Mar 29th 1944.
Photographer: Sloan, Cal
Book: FC 50
Nationality: American
Location: Steeple Morden, England
Year: 1944
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Image Path: /Galley 1