Commander of USAAF 78th Fighter Squadron Major James B. Tapp checking the fuses on his HVAR air-to-surface rockets mounted to his P-51D VLR Mustang ‘Margaret-V’ 44-73407 at South Field, Iwo Jima, spring 1945.

Caption   Commander of USAAF 78th Fighter Squadron Major James B. Tapp checking the fuses on his HVAR air-to-surface rockets mounted to his P-51D VLR Mustang ‘Margaret-V’ 44-73407 at South Field, Iwo Jima, spring 1945. ww2dbase
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Photos at Same Place Iwo Jima, Bonin Islands, Japan
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 12 Jan 2021

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
12 Apr 2021 04:09:31 PM

Note the oversized external fuel tanks that make this a VLR Mustang (Very Long Range). Note also the squadron emblem below the cockpit; the 78th Fighter Squadron was known as the ‘Bushmasters.’ Major (later Colonel) Tapp named his airplane after his girl back home in Minnesota whom he would later marry and remain with until her death in 2006.

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