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F-AZSB - Nooky Booky IV
P-51D-25-NA F-AZSB Nooky Booky IV
Type
Serial number
Construction n°
Registry
Paint Scheme



Owner

Based at
P-51D-30-NA
44-74427
122-40967
F-AZSB
Nooky Booky IV
Major Leonard "Kit" Carson
357th Fighter Group
362nd Fighter Squadron
Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis Foundation

Cerny
La Ferté Alais, France
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Airframe history

P-51D-30-NA 44-74427 was built in Inglewood in late 1945, only to be put into storage. Along with 130 other P-51 Mustangs, she was delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) on November 8th , 1950 as 9592. She served with No. 403 Auxiliary Squadron at Calgary, No. 442 Auxiliary Squadron at RCAF Station Sea Island, BC and in the Air Armament School until Canadian Mustangs were struck off charge starting 1956 through 1960.

She was sold to Trans Florida Aviation in Sarasota, Florida and registered as N9148R on May 20th , 1959. There she underwent a Cavalier conversion.

In 1962 she was passed on to famous test pilot Robert A. Hoover of North American Aviation in El Segundo, California and was registered as N2251D. During an airshow she suffered an engine failure and got damaged in the resulting forced landing at Myrtle Beach, Florida, on January 20th , 1965.

She was repaired during the next two years and was then acquired by the North American Rockwell Corp., Los Angeles, California in October of 1967. Bad luck struck her again when her oxygen bottles exploded during the refilling procedure at Oshkosh, Wisconsin on August 9th , 1970.

The Mustang was passed on to Dr. Merryl D. Shulke and John B. Bolton of Maitland, Florida and was rebuilt at Chattanooga, Tennessee using components of N130JT (44-74435). When restoration was complete, she flew again, painted as “Doc's Doll”.

44-74427 changed owners again on August 6th , 1975, to John J. Stokes, San Marcos, Texas and again on January 10th , 1978, to John T. Baugh of Baugh Aviation, Nashville, Tennessee. She was repainted as “JT-B”/”Miss Coronado”.

The Mustang then moved on to Paul Romine of Aero Charter Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana in 1990.

Brian Hoffner of Kenair Inc., West Palm Beach, Florida, purchased the P-51 Mustang on August 18th , 1994, and painted her in the colours of Major Leonard “Kit” Carson's 44-11622/G4-C “Nooky Booky IV”, 362nd FS, 357th FG.

In 1998 she finally made the move across the pond to France when she became owned by Christophe Jacquard of JCB Aviation, Nimes-Courbessac on May 15th .

Since 2006 she resides with her current owner: the Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis Foundation based at Cerny, France.

In 2009 she participated in the new George Lucas movie about the 332nd FG, the “Tuskegee Airmen” called “Red Tails”. She was repainted “AI/4” for the occasion.

Youtube video clips of F-AZSB:

Red Tails - filming clip 1
Red Tails - filming clip 2
Red Tails - filming clip 3
Flaming startup
at Hahnweide airshow

Date Registry Owner
1945

1950
1959

1962
1965
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44-74427

9592
N9148R

N2251D
Built by North American Aviation at Inglewood, California
Put into storage
Sold to RCAF, November 8th
To Trans Florida Aviation, Sarasota, Florida
Underwent Cavalier conversion
Robert A. Hoover, El Segundo, California
Damaged in a forced landing at Myrtle Beach, Florida, January 20th
North American Rockwell Corp., Los Angeles, California in October
Severely damaged when oxygen bottles exploded during refilling at Oshkosh, Wisconsin on August 9th
Dr. Merryl D. Shulke & John B. Bolton, Maitland, Florida
Rebuilt at Chattanooga, Tennessee using parts of 44-74435
Repainted as “Doc's Doll”
John J. Stokes, San Marcos, Texas
John T. Baugh, Baugh Aviation, Nashville, Tennessee on January 10th
Repainted as “Miss Coronado”
Paul Romine, Aero Charter Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
Brian Hoffner, Kenair Inc., West Palm Beach, Florida on August 18th
Repainted as 44-11622 G4-C “Nooky Booky IV”, Major Leonard “Kit” Carson, 362nd FS, 357th FG
Christophe Jacquard, JCB Aviation, Nimes-Courbessac, France on May 15th
Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis Foundation, Cerny La Ferté Alais, France

Paintscheme information


44-74427 is painted in the colours of Major Leonard “Kit” Carson's 44-11622/G4-C “Nooky Booky IV”, 362nd FS, 357th FG.

The name

Leonard Carson named all of his P-51 Mustangs "Nooky Booky".

The pilot

Leonard Carson was born in 1923 and entered the US Army Air Force in April of 1942. He graduated on April 12th , 1943. He was on the verge of heading for the Pacific with a P-39 outfit, but instead opted to join the 357th FG in January of 1944. In total, he flew five P-51 Mustangs, all of which were called “Nooky Booky”.

On April 8th , 1944, he got his first taste of dogfighting when he shared in a kill. On November 27th , 1944, his 38th mission of his second tour in the ETO, he became an “ace in a day” when he destroyed five Fw-190s. In all, he would go on to score a total of 18.5 air-to-air victories and 3.5 more strafing kills, thus becoming the leading ace of the 357th FG. Most of his victories were made during his six final months of the war, whilst flying 44-11622 “Nooky Booky IV”.

Name
Rank
Unit
Date
Credits
Carson, Leonard K. 1st Lieutenant 362nd FS 04-08-1944 0.5
Carson, Leonard K. 1st Lieutenant 362nd FS 04-13-1944 1
Carson, Leonard K. 1st Lieutenant 362nd FS 05-28-1944 1
Carson, Leonard K. 1st Lieutenant 362nd FS 05-30-1944 1
Carson, Leonard K. Captain 362nd FS 07-25-1944 1
Carson, Leonard K. Captain 362nd FS 07-29-1944 1
Carson, Leonard K. Captain 362nd FS 11-02-1944 1
Carson, Leonard K. Captain 362nd FS 11-27-1944 5
Carson, Leonard K. Captain 362nd FS 12-02-1944 2
Carson, Leonard K. Captain 362nd FS 12-05-1944 1
Carson, Leonard K. Captain 362nd FS 12-24-1944 1
Carson, Leonard K. Captain 362nd FS 01-14-1945 3
      Total credits 18.5

The paint scheme

The 357th FG arrived in England at the turn of 1943-1944 and was committed to combat on February 11th, 1944. Initially assigned to be part of the 9th AF, they were traded to the 8th AF in exchange for the P-47 Thunderbolt equipped 358th FG. As a result the Group moved from Raydon to Leiston.

Since they were issues the P-51B Mustang in November of 1943, whilst assigned to the 9th AF, they also became the first Group of the 8th AF (after the trade with the 358th FG) to fly the P-51 Mustang and they were also the first to put allied fighters over the skies of Berlin on March 4th, 1944 (along with three 4th FG Squadrons) and had the highest number of aces in the 8th AF (43), five of which were triple aces. Bud was one of those.

They are credited with 695 aerial victories, second only to the 56th FG (which was in combat much longer)

With the move to Leiston, near the town of Yoxford, it would take long before the nickname "The Yoxford Boys" would stick to the 357th FG. As mentioned above, the Group was equipped with P-51 Mustangs (B-model) from the very beginning.

By mid March of 1944, Group colors were issues and the 357th Fighter Group adopted a red & yellow checkerboard color pattern. The spinners of the aircraft were devided equally into three bands of red, yellow and red.

The original consignment of B and C-model Mustangs allocated to the 357th FG bore a factory applied two-colour paint scheme of Olive Drab over Neutral Grey. When the 357th began receiving replacement Mustangs that lacked this camouflage (April 1944), the Group adopted a policy of painting all natural metal finished combat aircraft with their own two-colour camouflage paint scheme.

The colours used by the 357th varied considerably due to a wide assortment of supply sources. The upper colours ranged from OD to a dark green. The under surfaces ran the gambit from a standard US Neutral Grey to a light grey. In June of the same year, a few of the Groups Mustangs received a partial green paint treatment to the upper wing and top fuselage/tail plane surfaces. This often included the full rudder surface area.

Another handful simply had the anti-glare panel extended to the rear of the canopy and ultimately intersected the base of the vertical stabilizer.

With the introduction of Invasion Stripes in early June 1944 the squadron codes were either masked-out prior to the application of the D-Day Stripes or removed entirely and later reinstated further forward on the fuselage using the orginal white paint. A third, less used option, was “image masking”: the codes when applying the Invasion Stripes and than adding a contrasting black or white contour outline to these codes once the stripes had been applied and masking removed.

The original 357th FG Mustangs displayed the standard white QIM markings until the group adopted its dual colour high visibility nose markings in March of 1944. When Invasion Stripes were ordered immediately prior to the D-Day landings, the 357th complied with the directive with one quite notable exception: the upper wing surfaces of all the Groups aircraft continued to carry the original white QIM stripes instead of the normal two-colour Invasion Stripes.

The application of two-colour camouflaged paint schemes in the 357th FG had ceased by early October 1944. By January 1945 all such paint had been in fact removed and the 357th displayed metal finishes until the wars end.

By the beginning of April 1944, the 357th FG was well on its way to completing the application of the Groups recently assigned high visibility nose markings on all squadron aircraft. It consisted of a two-colour spinner, equally divided into three parts of red, yellow and white, proceeding two rows of alternating 6-inch red and yellow rectangles that entirely encircled the forward fuselage engine cowling.

The 357th FG comprised of three Fighter Squadrons: the 362nd FS, the 363rd FS and the 364th FS. When the AF began using Squadron identification colors, the 357th FG Squadrons were recognized as follows:

  • 362nd FS: they did not adopt and identification colour and their P-51s rudders remained in either Olive Drab, or later natural metal finishes until the end of the war. Their aircraft code was "G4"
  • 363rd FS: painted their rudders in Insignia Red and wore aircraft code "B6"
  • 364th FS: painted their rudders in Identification Yellow and wore aircraft code "C5"

The rudder digits on 364th FS aircraft were repainted utilizing the original black colour while these same numbers were reinstated in both black and yellow on 363rd FS applications.


© Gaetan Marie

For more information on the following general P-51 markings, please click their appropriate links:
D-Day markings
US National Insignia markings
General P-51 markings

We can assume that the timeframe of the paint scheme of F-AZSB is situated somewhere between January of 1945 and VE-day because:

  • absence of QIM-marking (were ordered removed as of beginning December of 1944)
  • the total kill tally on F-AZSB is 21

 

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