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Koda Catalog Number:  
DVD Number: 3
Slide Number: 00072
Image Location: 58 4
Tail Number: 413984
Plane Type: P-51D
Picture Type: AC pilot
Info on Slide: 05/04/12
Unit Info: 4thFG
Name: Davey Lee
Description: Sgt Don Allen crew chief & Lt. Marvin Arthur, by their airplane, P-51D 'Davey Lee' - 'QP-U' ser# 44-13984. Don Allen was an artist of some repute with the 4thFG and was responsible for the majority of the great artwork that appeared on many of the groups planes during the war. This plane was originally painted as 'Meg' (see picture 00169) and designated 'QP-B', when allocated to Lt. Boretsky. However, when she was passed to Lt. Arthur it was repainted and redesignated in the allocation roster. In any event, this plane of many guises survived the war. Bonds between ground crews and pilot became strong in spite of the distinct divisions the Army made between enlisted men and officers. Crew Chief Sgt. Don Allen and pilot Lt. Marvin Arthur, 4th Fighter Group, stand in front of their "Davy Lee", named after Arthur's son. Allen had crewed the Mustang during Clarence Boretsky's entire tour, when it was named "Meg", then repainted the nose art for Arthur and stayed on as crew chief. Ground crews came to have an uncanny ability for keeping their aircraft in top shape. **
Photographer: Allen, Don
Book: FC 97
Nationality: American
Location: Debden, England
Year: 1945
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Image Path: /Galley 1