Mk.IVa KH680 (P-51K-1-NT; 44-11383), P/O John Mallandaine, No. 442 Sqn RCAF, Hunsdon, England, April 1945
The “Edmonton Special“ Mustang Mk.IVa, the personal mount of Edmonton-born John Mallandaine, is one of the most popular Mustang Mk.IVs.
Its pilot flew it on daylight missions to Germany, protecting allied bombers. He also participated in the last operational mission of the war in the
European theatre, the liberation of the Channel Islands on May 9, 1945. Post war Mallandaine continued flying as a bush pilot and he also acted
as an air accident investigator. He was part of the board investigating the Martin Hartwell´s crash and his subsequent cannibalism to survive.
Apart of standard camouflage scheme of US colours the Mallandaine´s Mustang sported the yellow anti-glare panel and canopy framing, the
code in Sky colour was also outlined in yellow. The “Edmonton Special“ inscription was painted on the port side only.
INFO Eduard - June 2021