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by Dick Phillips  
 
Kyburz, Scheil, Johansen, Koelich  
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Martin / Swiss Mustangs
05/18/2004 00:40
Hi this could be 44-84857 that was part of a 35-ship deployment from George AFB, CA to Iceland during late August 1952 with the 131st FBG 192nd FBS, later assigned to the 109th FIS MN ANG, to N7343C; reportedly through Cavalier and sold to the Salvadorean Air Force in July 1969, fate unknown. Cheers Martin
Joe Scheil
06/02/2004 21:35
You are right I think Martin, as this was the Mustang that never made it to the war. There was a black P-51 that ditched off of Tampico on the trip south, and by process of elimination, this was the only black one. I wonder if she is still there?
T J Johansen
06/07/2004 10:06
Yes, this is N7343C. It was Black w/ red/white trim at the time if I'm not mistaken. It went to El Salvador according to the article in Air Classics. By the way, has the identity of the individual who wrote the article ever come to light? I have heard several versions, but never anything conclusive! T J Johansen Oslo, NORWAY
Marc Koelich
06/12/2004 19:59
How reliable is the article? Some of the recently published articles minimize the role played by the additional Mustangs in actual combat operations, i.e. before 18 July 1969. Cheers Marc
Jaap Zwart
10/16/2004 11:15
I spotted N7343C at Miami Int on april 12, 1970. Jaap Zwart; The Netherlands.
B J Baldursson
08/10/2017 07:58
44-84857 is not on the list of the 25 Mustangs which actually were deployed to Iceland in 1952. 10 aircraft out of the 35 aircraft which were readied for the journey to Iceland, were left behind in the USA.

According to written personal notes from Col. Robert W. Gruenhagen (flight chief, line chief and quality control inspector of the F-51 Mustangs stationed at Keflavik airbase in 1952) the following 25 Mustangs were deployed to Iceland:

44-72708
44-73788
44-74482
44-74880
44-74845
44-74717
44-73769
44-74586
44-74963
44-72843
44-74377
44-74522
44-84769
44-74382
44-73996
44-73826
44-74870
44-73409
44-74317
44-74811
44-84834
44-74975
44-74959
44-74368
45-11364

Col. Robert W. Gruenhagen is the author of “Mustang – The Story of the P-51 Fighter” Arco, N.Y., Revised edition (1976), ISBN-10: 0668039124, ISBN-13: 978-0668039123 and a well-known expert on the P-51.
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