D/K Mustang History, Camouflage and Markings
This is the second publication in the Dutch Profile series covering
the aircraft of the Dutch Airforce (RNEIF). This publication covers the
P-51 D/K and, unlike it's predecessor, is written in both Dutch and English.
The Dutch came to Australia after Java fell and started to build up
their military to fight back against the Japanese. They used a number
of aircraft including the P-40N until an order was placed for 41 Mustangs
from America. Of this order only 40 arrived in Australia and they were
put together in the RAAF aircraft depots, the first 19 being delivered
to the Dutch Personnel and Equipment Pool at Bundaberg Queensland. All
40 aircraft left Australia during April/May 1946, flying from Bungaberg
to the airbase at Tjililitan in Batavia via Cloncurry, Darwin, Timor,
Bali and Soerabaja (a total of 5200 Km). After this flight they went
into operational service with the RNEIF.
The book is 38 pages long with 35 of those being black and white photos
and line drawings etc.
The cover card is printed in colour and the inside covers as well as the
rear cover have side profiles of various Dutch P-51's, most of which are
NMF/Silver with olive drab anti reflection panel.
The book starts with a brief history of the Mustang followed by the
way in which the aircraft was acquired by the Dutch. Following this brief
history the book goes into the different conflicts that the Mustang participated
in along with the different SQNs that employed it. Page's 28/29 cover
the Camouflage and markings of the Mustang including some of the technical
specifications for the markings. There is also a page covering the registration
numbers of the aircraft including the 'tail numbers' allocated to them
where known. Pages 33 - 35 consist of drawings that cover the sides
as well as views of the top and bottom of the wings.
The photgraphs included in this publication are by far the best part
of it. There are numerous images that cover the crew in the usual poses
as well as maintenance, refueling and arming of the Mustang. The images
that interested me the most apart from those taken here in Australia
were the ones that had good detail views of 'photo containers'. These
recon pods were conversion of drop tanks and came in at least two different
types judging by the images here.
This book is mainly for those interested in the RNEIF of course, but
is also of interest to those that study the history
of those forces that were based in Australia during WWII. The photos
in this publication are also worth seeing for good detail shots of areas
not often seen of the Mustang.