Queen of Hearts

Patrick Davidson’s P51D Mustang, “The Queen of Hearts” has adopted a stunning new colour scheme and yesterday morning I got to do an air to air shoot along the coast of Port Elizabeth with Patrick and his fine steed.

The new colour scheme is based on the 352nd Fighter Group which was one of the most highly decorated USAAF Fighter Groups in World War II, producing many leading aces of the war. The 352nd was composed of three squadrons: (the 328th, 486th and 487th Fighter Squadrons). Once deployed to the European Theater of Operations , the group was eventually headquartered in Bodney, England before being forward deployed to Belgium. On 8 April 1944, the 352d exchanged their radial-engined P-47s for sleek North American P-51 Mustang fighter planes. It was then that the Group adopted their unique blue nose marking. It is legend among aviation historians that the German Luftwaffe referred to the 352nd as the “Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney.” In the end, the Group flew nearly 60,000 combat hours in 19 months, claimed 519 enemy aircraft destroyed in the air (4th highest among the 15 groups of VIII Fighter Command), 287 on the ground and produced 26 aerial aces for losses in combat of 118 aircraft.

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  • Craig C Klumper - Brilliant Justin.April 5, 2013 – 18:26ReplyCancel

  • Pikkie Langenhoven - Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant… Love the shots… All of them…April 5, 2013 – 18:56ReplyCancel

  • Pikkie Langenhoven - Well done Justin…
    Awesome shots !April 5, 2013 – 20:55ReplyCancel

  • Jacques - This has to rank as the finest photo shoot of an airplane I’ve ever had the privilege of viewing! Justin, you are a true master of your craft and I’m really honored to know you. I won’t be surprised if this photo shoot wins you a series of awards!April 5, 2013 – 20:59ReplyCancel

  • Duncan Gillespie - Incredible photographs! Well done.April 6, 2013 – 00:47ReplyCancel

  • Gerhard Casper Steenkamp - Ongelooflik goed! Baie mooi, veral die oor die See.April 6, 2013 – 08:01ReplyCancel

  • Robin Mumford - Beautiful capture Justin! Love those disc shots – awesome.April 6, 2013 – 17:38ReplyCancel

  • Gnatius de Lange - Great pix as usual , looking forward to May 11 ‘s posting.May 12, 2013 – 13:10ReplyCancel

  • christophe vancoillie - love the foto off the p-51 mustang great !!! love the p51 from 352FG.August 14, 2013 – 11:24ReplyCancel

  • Curtis Fowles - Excellent work, great shots.August 29, 2013 – 04:27ReplyCancel

  • Justin de Reuck - Thanks Craig…awesome fun, difficult shoot, but oh so much funApril 5, 2013 – 19:02ReplyCancel

  • Don Elmore - Great pics Duncan!!!April 6, 2013 – 01:15ReplyCancel

  • John Marques Mira - wow very nice pics..April 6, 2013 – 01:27ReplyCancel

  • Justin de Reuck - Thanks Duncan, was a real privilege to be able to shoot this.April 6, 2013 – 14:17ReplyCancel

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