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Soon you will find here detailed information on the 130 Mustangs of the Swiss Air Force, their former identities with various units of the 8th and 9th USAAF and other interesting bits & pieces.

The Swiss Air Force had purchased its 130 Mustangs from USAAF-surplus stocks in Germany, and most of these aircraft had seen action during the closing stages of World War 2 over Europe with various units of the 8th and 9th USAAF. Among those aircraft, there is a number of 'famous' examples, i.e. flown by  aces or taking part in special encounters. During the immediate post-war years, some remained stored at depots while others saw continuous duty with the Occupational Forces in Germany. The former history of more than 100 aircraft has been identified so far, and there are many very colourful and also famous ships among them. Below some examples:


P-51D-20-NA 44-72374 LH-U "Betty E" was the mount of Lt. Col. Wayne K. "Blick" Blickenstaff, CO of the 350th FS 353rd FG. He is one of the rare 'ace in a day', i.e. he shot down 5 enemy aircraft on one mission, while flying this aircraft on 24th March 1945. In February 1948, this aircraft became Swiss Air Force J-2002.

P-51D-20-NA 44-72199 G4-A was assigned to Capt. Charles E. 'Chuck" Weaver of the 362nd FS 357th FG in 1945. Weaver also was an ace and he managed to shoot down a German Me-262 Jet Fighter on 18th April 1945 while flying this aircraft. In February 1948, this aircraft became Swiss Air Force J-2019. 

Always interesting is to show an individual aircraft in different liveries, i.e. how it looked while still serving with the USAAF, and later, after acquisition by the Swiss Air Force.

Before...

P-51D-20-NA 44-72212 LH-O 'Prudence 7th' of the 353rd Fighter Group, 350th Fighter Squadron, assigned to Capt. William F. Tanner, Spring 1945.

... and after

P-51D-20-NA J-2010, former 44-72212 (see above). Note the mixture of early and standard Swiss markings on this Mustang; square insignias on the wings and roundel on tail-fin. Dübendorf Airfield, ca. Summer 1951.

Before ...

P-51D-20-NA 44-72420 of the 355th FG 358th FS, coded YF-E, based at Steeple Morden, seen here in Spring 1945 over England. (photo: via Peter Randall)

... and after

P-51D-20-NA J-2101 (44-72420) high over the Swiss mountains.

Before ...

P-51D-20-NA 44-72489 G4-P 'Rolla U' of the 357th FG 362nd FS, assigned to 1/Lt. Edward D. Hyman, photographed at Leiston shortly after VE-Day. (Merle Olmsted).

... and after

P-51D-20-NA J-2021 (44-72489) on the ramp at Buochs, Summer 1948.

Below you will find the cross reference for Swiss vs. USAAF serial numbers.

Swiss S/n  A/c-Serial      Swiss S/n  A/c-Serial
J-2001      44-72481       J-2066      44-72258
J-2002      44-72374       J-2067      44-63219
J-2003      44-72350       J-2068      44-72283
J-2004      44-73199       J-2069      44-63633
J-2005      44-72823       J-2070      44-72703
J-2006      44-72456       J-2071      44-63863
J-2007      44-72404       J-2072      44-72787
J-2008      44-72486       J-2073      44-72781
J-2009      44-72432       J-2074      44-72715
J-2010      44-72212       J-2075      44-72191
J-2011      44-72502       J-2076      44-63176
J-2012      44-72304       J-2077      44-72627
J-2013      44-72461       J-2078      44-72896
J-2014      44-72352       J-2079      44-72795
J-2015      44-72243       J-2080      44-72981
J-2016      44-72262       J-2081      44-72984
J-2017      44-72451       J-2082      44-72904
J-2018      44-72301       J-2083      44-72951
J-2019      44-72199       J-2084      44-72958
J-2020      44-72343       J-2085      44-14367
J-2021      44-72489       J-2086      44-72797
J-2022      44-72384       J-2087      44-63668
J-2023      44-72462       J-2088      44-12232
J-2024      44-72469       J-2089      44-72816
J-2025      44-72267       J-2090      44-12826
J-2026      44-72263       J-2091      44-12814
J-2027      44-72457       J-2092      44-12811
J-2028      44-72256       J-2093      44-14699
J-2029      44-72383       J-2094      44-73109
J-2030      44-72265       J-2095      44-73233
J-2031      44-72494       J-2096      44-73010
J-2032      44-72336       J-2097      44-63641
J-2033      44-72348       J-2098      44-63692
J-2034      44-72284       J-2099      44-63699
J-2035      44-72275       J-2100      44-63711
J-2036      44-72201       J-2101      44-72420
J-2037      44-72316       J-2102      44-72725
J-2038      44-72475       J-2103      44-63643
J-2039      44-72355       J-2104      44-72778
J-2040      44-72261       J-2105      44-72325
J-2041      44-72209       J-2106      44-63242
J-2042      44-72442       J-2107      44-63619
J-2043      44-72504       J-2108      44-63560
J-2044      44-72317       J-2109      44-63722
J-2045      44-72310       J-2110      44-63767
J-2046      44-63717       J-2111      44-72706
J-2047      44-72146       J-2112      44-72821
J-2048      44-72322       J-2113      44-73349
J-2049      44-72458       J-2114      44-13644
J-2050 (1) 44-63602       J-2115      44-13316
J-2050 (2) 44-12226       J-2116      44-63249
J-2051      44-63630       J-2117      44-63222
J-2052      44-63225       J-2118      44-72167
J-2053      44-72149       J-2119      44-72789
J-2054      44-63809       J-2120      44-73042
J-2055      44-64144       J-2121      44-73047
J-2056      44-72242       J-2122      44-73048
J-2057      44-73090       J-2123      44-63681
J-2058      44-72412       J-2124      44-63842
J-2059      44-63693       J-2125      44-72709
J-2060      44-63646       J-2126      44-73074
J-2061      44-72774       J-2127      44-12523
J-2062      44-63440       J-2128      44-12525
J-2063      44-64149       J-2129      44-72381
J-2064      44-63666       J-2130      composite airframe
J-2065      44-11633

P-51D-20-NA 44-72149 while with the 7th PRG 22nd PRS at Mount Farm (UK) during World War 2. This aircraft later became J-2053.

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