P-51 MUS­TANG DOU­BLE TROU­BLE

COL. BILL BAI­LEY, 353RD FG, 352ND FS

Flight Journal - - BRUSHSTROKES -

“When I first ar­rived in Eng­land, I was as­signed a P-47 Thun­der­bolt that I named Butch— it was short for ‘Butcher’ as that was what I in­tended to use it for against the Luft­waffe. When our group switched over to P-51 Mus­tangs, I was dat­ing two girls at the same time. Of course, nei­ther of them knew of the other one, so I named my Mus­tang Dou­ble Trou­ble. And had the girls found out, it prob­a­bly would have been worse than fight­ing a FW 190!”

Maj. Bill Bai­ley, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the 352nd FS, poses with his ground crew by their P-51D in Ray­don, Eng­land, in 1944. (Photo cour­tesy of Stan Piet)

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