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P-51B Mustang Model, USAAF, "Shangri-La" - Corgi US37102

P-51B Mustang Model, USAAF, "Shangri-La" - Corgi US37102 - click to enlarge
P-51B Mustang Model, USAAF, "Shangri-La" - Corgi US37102 - click to enlarge

Item No. CG-US37102
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Corgi Aviation Archive Series Diecast Model

North American P-51 B-5 Mustang - 43-6913, "Shangri-La", Capt. Don Gentile, 336th FS, 4th FG, USAAF, RAF Debden, Essex, England, 1944

1:72 Scale.  Length: 5.25".  Wingspan: 6.25"

Limited Edition of 1750 Models Worldwide

Don Gentile was an American ace fighter pilot during World War II. In 1941 he was rejected by the USAAF, for not having the necessary two years of college, and instead joined the Royal Air Force in Canada. After pilot training, Gentile was sent to England and eventually joined No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron flying the Spitfire. On August 1, 1942 he claimed his first two victories against a Ju 88 and Fw 190. In September, Gentile, along with the American piloted 'Eagle' squadrons, transferred to the USAAF, becoming the 4th Fighter Group. Gentile became a flight commander in September 1943, now flying the P-47 Thunderbolt. In February 1944, the 4th FG converted to the P-51 Mustang and, from March 3 to April 8, 1944, Gentile added 15.5 aerial victories.

On April 13, 1944, Gentile crashed his P-51 "Shangri La" while performing a stunt over the 4th FG's airfield at Debden for a group of newspaper reporters and photographers who were there to meet him after his final sortie. He later returned to the U.S. and briefly participated in a tour to promote war bonds before being assigned to other duties.

Gentile ended the war with a total of 19.83 aerial victories, 3 damaged and 6 ground victories in 350 combat hours. He also claimed two victories with the RAF. After the war, Gentile stayed in the Air Force, as a test pilot at Wright Field, a Training Officer in the Fighter Gunnery Program and as a student officer at the Air Tactical School. On January 28, 1951, he was killed when he crashed in a T-33 trainer near Forestville, Maryland shortly after taking off from Andrews AFB.

The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang was a single-seat World War II fighter aircraft. First flown on October 26, 1940, the P-51 was designed and built in just 117 days. It flew most of its missions as a bomber escort in raids over Germany, helping ensure Allied air superiority from 1944. As well as being economical to produce, the Mustang was a fast and durable aircraft

The Corgi Aviation Archive features a wide selection of high quality, ready-made, diecast model airplanes. Each model is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, using specifications of the original aircraft. Corgi models are built with diecast metal and some plastic components.

This model of a P-51B Mustang features:

  • Realistic panel lines
  • Detailed cockpit with pilot figure
  • Historically accurate printed markings
  • Rotatable propeller
  • Optional extended landing gear
  • Display stand
  • Numbered collector card

  • Category: Corgi 1:72 U.S. Military Aircraft Models

    This item is not suitable for children under the age of 14

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