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Maj. George E "Ratsy" Preddy Jr. 328th Fighter Squadron P-51D 44-14906 PE-P_ "Cripes A' Mighty". Although no decent quality photos are known to exist, Maj. Preddy’s last “Cripes” was embellished by Crew Chief Art “Snoot” Snyder in his usual manner. This profile shows how the a/c looked at the time that it was lost. (see “George Preddy Top Mustang Ace” by Joe Noah and Samuel L Sox Jr.)

Profile by Nick King

Note for modellers This a/c had no D-Day bands on the wings and only 2 black (no white) on the lower fuselage. There was a black ID stripe on the under-side of the tailplane but not on top and none at all on the wings. The 2 rear-view mirrors on the canopy were painted black and there were 31 swastikas below. Aileron and elevator trim tabs had red-white diagonal stripes and there was a white triangle on the rudder balance. The aerial mast had red bands. The "barber's pole" was below the exhausts on the right side. His crew chief S/Sgt. Art Snyder was the unit barber and the traditional pole symbol was applied to all of the a/c that he crewed. The red marking on the undercarriage doors may have been a flight marking as it was on at least one other P-51. Note the small white "ticks" below the exhausts; the name was yellow outlined white, all with a thin black outline. The trim tab markings are visible on other 328th Mustangs, either dots, stars or bars.

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