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A ground crew fits an auxiliary gasoline tank to the wing of a North American P-51 "Mustang", new long range U.S. Air force fighter plane, which has gone into action against Nazi Luftwaffe. These fuel tanks which can be dropped when emptied, have added appreciably to the range these fighters now have in convoying bombers deep into Germany.
P-51B 43-6737 GQ-U assigned to 1st Lt Gilbert F Talbot of the 355th Ftr Sq, 354th FG. The ship was eventually nicknamed "Peggy II." At the rank of Major he took command of the Squadron, and was officially credited with five confirmed aerial victories.



  • 9th Air Force
  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • 355th Fighter Squadron


  • Gilbert Talbot

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot-1055 Squadron Commander
    Ops Officer 355th FS CO 355th FS Flew 2 combat tours 5 Air Kills Oregon Nat. Guard 249th Coastal Defense Artillery Post WWII Owner Operator Clackmas Feed & Seed Crew Chief SSgt Bob Kline



Date Contributor Update
26 July 2015 12:37:57 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations