s/n 44-13606, Capt. Claude J. Crenshaw, 369th FS, 359th FG, 8th AF,
East Wretham, United Kingdom, September 1944
Twenty-four years old native of Monroe in Louisiana, Claude James
Crenshaw, joined the ranks of the Army Air Corps in December
1942. After the training his was assigned to 359th FG based in East
Wretham in Great Britain. After he completed the nine months
long tour of duty, during which he shot down seven enemy airplanes, he was ordered back to the United States where he was flying
as an instructor. He also flew combat in Korea and Vietnam retiring
in 1965 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
The aircraft flew in the original factory finish. The nose painted
green was 359th FG marking, the plane’s so-called invasion stripes
on the fuselage and wings were deleted as well as the black stripe
painted on the vertical tail surface and the rudder.
Historically first release of the version without the dorsal fin fillet
INFO Eduard - October 2019