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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, and post-War, North American P-51 Mustang

Canadian Warplanes, the Second World War, 

North American P-51 Mustang

Data current to 4 Dec 2018.

North American Mustang Mk. I (P-51A), Mk. III (P-51B and P-51C), and Mk. IV (P-51D)

Canada had five squadrons equipped with Mustangs during the Second World War.  RCAF Nos. 400, 414 and 430 Squadrons flew Mustang Mk. Is (1942–1944) and Nos. 441 and 442 Squadrons flew Mustang Mk. IIIs and Mk. IVAs in 1945.

North American P-51D Mustangs flown by the RCAF post war (130), (Serial Nos. 9221-9300, 9551-9600).

Canada had five squadrons equipped with Mustangs during the Second World War.  RCAF No. 400, No. 414 and No. 430 squadrons flew Mustang Mk. Is (1942–1944) and No. 441 and No. 442 Squadrons flew Mustang Mk. IIIs and Mk. IVAs in 1945.  Postwar, a total of 150 Mustang P-51Ds were purchased and served in two regular squadrons (No. 416 "Lynx", and No. 417 "City of Windsor") and six auxiliary fighter squadrons (No. 402 "City of Winnipeg", No. 403 "City of Calgary", No. 420 "City of London", No. 424 "City of Hamilton", No. 442 "City of Vancouver" and No. 443 "City of New Westminster").  The Mustangs were declared obsolete in 1956, but a number of special-duty versions served on into the early 1960s.

 (RCAF Photo via James Craik)

 (RCAF Photo via James Craik)

North American Mustang Mk. I, RCAF No. 414 Sqn, Dunsfold, Surrey, UK, ca 1941.

 (San Diego Air & Space Museum Photo)

North American Mustang Mk. III with Malcolm hood, RAF (Serial No. XF893).

 (RCAF Photo)

North American Mustang Mk. III with Malcolm hood, RCAF (Serial No. HB876).

 (RCAF Photo)

 (RCAF Photo)

 (RCAF Photo)

 (RCAF Photo)

 (RCAF Photo)

 (RCAF Photo)

North American Mustang Mk. IV, RCAF, UK, ca May 1945.  The Mustangs flown by the RCAF during the war were owned by the RAF and carried RCAF serial numbers and designations.

North American P-51D Mustangs flown by the RCAF post war (130), (Serial Nos. 9221-9300, 9551-9600).

Canada had five squadrons equipped with Mustangs during the Second World War.  RCAF No. 400, No. 414 and No. 430 squadrons flew Mustang Mk. Is (1942–1944) and No. 441 and No. 442 Squadrons flew Mustang Mk. IIIs and Mk. IVAs in 1945.  Postwar, a total of 150 Mustang P-51Ds were purchased and served in two regular squadrons (No. 416 "Lynx", and No. 417 "City of Windsor") and six auxiliary fighter squadrons (No. 402 "City of Winnipeg", No. 403 "City of Calgary", No. 420 "City of London", No. 424 "City of Hamilton", No. 442 "City of Vancouver" and No. 443 "City of New Westminster").  The Mustangs were declared obsolete in 1956, but a number of special-duty versions served on into the early 1960s.

 (Tony Edmundson Photo via Bruce Richards)

North American P-51D Mustang, RCAF (Serial No. 9597), 443 Sqn, Vancouver, 1956, 

(RCAF Photos)

North American P-51D Mustang, RCAF, running up, ca 1953.

 (RCAF Photo)

North American P-51D Mustang, RCAF (Serial No. 9276), PV, early 1950s.

 (RCAF Photo)

North American P-51D Mustang, RCAF, on the ramp.

 (RCAF Photo)

North American P-51D Mustang Mk. 4, RCAF (Serial No. 9281), 403 Sqn, on the ramp.

 (RCAF Photo)

 (RCAF Photo)

North American P-51D Mustang Mk. 4, RCAF, with bent prop, ca 1954.

 (RCAF Photo)

 (RCAF Photo)

North American P-51D Mustang Mk. 4, RCAF (Serial No. 9276), PV, crash landing with bent prop, ca 1954.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3207279)

North American P-51D Mustang Mk. 4, RCAF, Uplands, 18 June 1951.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3207282)

North American P-51D Mustang Mk. 4, RCAF, BA-U, top view.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3207280)

North American P-51D Mustang Mk. 4, RCAF (Serial No. 9567), Uplands, 1 Dec 1950.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3207278)

North American P-51D Mustang Mk. 4, RCAF (Serial No. 9567), Uplands, 1 Dec 1950.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584571)

North American P-51D Mustang Mk. 4, RCAF, 9243, Uplands, 6 Sep 1951.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3207281)

North American P-51D Mustang RCAF (Serial No. 9249), 20 June 1952.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

North American P-51D Mustang Mk. 4, RCAF (Serial No. 9232), RCAF Station Trenton, 1950s.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

North American P-51D Mustang Mk. 4, 417 Sqn, Trenton, Ontario.  Newly arrived and preparing for a flypast a the Canadian National Exhibition.  Note Roundels without the Maple Leaf.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

North American P-51D Mustang Mk. 4, RCAF (Serial No. 9232), Trenton, Ontario.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

North American P-51D Mustang Mk. 4, RCAF (Serial No. 9234), GM-X, firing rockets, No. 1 Armament School, ca 1950s.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

North American P-51D Mustang Mk. 4, RCAF (Serial No. 9279), 403 Sqn.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

North American P-51D Mustang Mk. 4, RCAF (Serial No. 9281), 403 (City of Calgary) Sqn.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

North American P-51D Mustang Mk. 4, RCAF (Serial No. 9287), OU-287.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

North American P-51D Mustang Mk. 4, RCAF (Serial No. 9555), FC-M.

(RCAF Photo via James Craik) 

(RCAF Photo via James Craik) 

(RCAF Photo via James Craik) 

(RCAF Photo via James Craik) 

North American P-51D Mustang Mk. 4, RCAF (Serial No. 9569), CB-569.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

(DND Photo via James Craik)

North American P-51D Mustang Mk. 4, RCAF (Serial No. 9566), FB-N.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

North American P-51D Mustang Mk. 4, RCAF (Serial No. 9522), FB-N, and (Serial No. 9566), P, with different Roundels.

(Nathan Howland Photo)

North American P-51D Mustang Mk. 4, RCAF (Serial No. 9593), PF, 443 Sqn.

 (Author Photo)

 (Author Photo)

 (Author Photo)

North American P-51D Mustang painted as a Mk. 4, RCAF (Serial No. 9298), ex-USAAF (Serial No. 44-73347), Y2-E, C/N 122-39806.

North American P-51D Mustang, RCAF (Serial No. 9298), ex-USAAF (Serial No. 44-73347), Y2-E, C/N 122-39806.  This Mustang was manufactured in 1945 by North American Aviation Inc. in Inglewood, California, and served first with the U.S. Army Air Forces during the Second World War.  Details of its American history are unknown.  In March 1951, Mustang (Serial No. 9298) was acquired by the RCAF and served with No. 442 "City of Vancouver" (Auxiliary) Squadron, which operated out of the Sea Island Airport, near Vancouver, British Columbia.  In the early 1960s, the RCAF started transferring its historical aircraft to the Canadian War Museum, commencing with the Mustang in December 1961.  Transfer to the Canadian War Museum was stopped when it was determined that it did not have adequate facilities.  The Mustang was then transferred to Rockcliffe Airport in 1964.  It is painted as a Mustang Mk. IV, No. 442 "City of Vancouver" Squadron as it would have appeared in 1945.  (CA&SM)

 (Author Photo)

 (Author Photo)

 (Author Photo)

 (Author Photo)

North American P-51D-25NA Mustang, USAAF (Serial No. 44-73463), c/n 122-39922, RCAF (Serial No. 9575), previously "Oklahoma Miss", Reg. No. N351D, currently CF-VPM, painted in RCAF 442 Squadron colours as worn in 1945.  Michael Potter, Vintage Wings of Canada, Gatineau, Quebec.