s/n 44-13535, Lt. Edward F. Pogue, 79th FS, 20th FG, Kings Cliffe, United Kingdom, 1945
Mustang MC-R, with the aircraft letter underlined, was flown by Lt. E. F. ‚Pogie‘ Pogue at the end of 1944, and already had a long and
rich service career behind her that saw a list of 20th FG pilots in the cockpit. The aircraft carried names like ‚Black’s Bird‘ and ‚Wilma‘,
but it was under the name of ‚Chattanooga Choo Choo‘ that the airplane made her mark, a name taken from the popular song made
famous by Glenn Miller. As the names of the plane changed, so did its appearance. The original 20th FG markings consisting of black
and white stripes on the nose behind the spinner were later supplemented by vertical black and white bands, the 20th Fighter Group
identifier. The black square on the tail indicated service with the 79th Fighter Squadron. Later on, the serial number of the aircraft also
made a return on the fin and rudder. The illustration here captures the look of the aircraft as it appeared in the spring of 1945, by then
carrying the name ‚Chattanooga Choo Choo‘. The application of the invasion stripes also went through an evolution. By this time, the
invasion stripes had been removed, and so were the ETO quick identification markings, the remnants of which are only visible on the
main gear covers. The underlined individual aircraft letter indicated that, at the time, there was already an airframe coded MC-R flying.
During this period, it was flown almost exclusively by Lt. Pogue and according to available sources, was used in achieving all of his six
destroyed enemies. After the end of the Second World War, Lt. Pogue piloted F-80s in Japan and later flew F-84s during the Korean War.
He ended his career as a Lt. Colonel. For his outstanding service, he received nine Air Medals and two DFCs, among others.
built by Petr Zatřepálek
INFO Eduard - September 2019