P-51D-25, 44-72671, 457th FS, 506th FG, 20th AF, Iwo Jima, June 1945
2nd Lt. William Saks is better known among historians for his Mustang’s decoration than his combat achievements and scored enemy aircraft kills. In the ranks of 457th Fighter Squadron he participated in the
B-29 bombers‘ escort sorties which were devastating Japanese islands or in the entire 506th FG Mustang
fleet raids against the logistical centers and other military targets in Japan.
His fate was sealed on June 1st, 1945 when returning to Iwo Jima he perished together with another eleven pilots of this unit. This day he flew with machine 44-72885. The cause of this tragedy was bad weather. This day is called Black Friday in 506th FG records. 457th FS aircraft tails were sprayed in green
color for better recognition during the long range escort flights. 2nd Lt. Saks named his aircraft Enchantress, there was a sparsely-clad girl painted under the windshield inspired by Albert Varga’s artwork.
Cat. No. R0020
built by Jan Novotný
INFO Eduard - December 2019