The North American P-51 Mustang
P-51 Who?   Case # 181
44-73920         Closed
Solved by: Joe Scheil, Martin Kyburz
P-51 Who 181
Case#: 181
Date: Jun 15 2002
By: Dick Phillips
Status: Closed
Serial: 44-73920
P-51 Who? Viewer Responses
Joseph Scheil
07/25/2002 22:48
This photo appeared in the Spring 1983 Aeronews Photo magazine and was captioned as a P-51D 44-73870, that was captured from South Korea and put on display by the Chinese. I further would add that the aircraft was transferred to the ROKAF 23.7.53 and that the pilot defected to China, date unknown. What a great one to bring back home someday.... the serial is possibly 44-73920, the only Mustang serial I have in China otherwise ...
08/31/2002 12:00
Any other info on this P-51 other than it is 44-73920?
Martin Kyburz
12/29/2002 14:52
I'd say it is 44-73920 and not 44-73870. '920 was delivered to the Chinese Nationalist AF somewhere in 1945 and was later captured by the Red Chinese. - I have another photograph of this a/c taken at a different date and from above. Supporting my claim is that the DF-loop antenna was a common sight in the CBI and on both Chinese Nationalist and (later) Red Chinese P-51's [and I have yet to find a picture showing a ROKAF ship with such an installment....]
David Snipes
11/22/2013 11:45
Under the Lend-Lease program, 50 P-51s were supplied to China, wish we knew where the other 49 went?
Case Closed!
P-51 Mustang

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