P-51D "Contrary Mary", 83rd FS 78th FG, RAF Duxford, 1945.
This skin is set to replace the default desert camouflage.
"Contrary Mary" was piloted by the Squadron C/O Lt. Col Roy Caviness. Unlike the other planes in the squadron the checkerboard pattern extended back across the top of the nose instead of underneith as seen on the units most famous plane "Big Beautiful Doll".
Esablished in 1942 the 83rd Fighter Squadron was initially equipped with P-38 Lightnings, and initially assigned to RAF Goxhill before moving to it's permanent home at RAF Duxford.It's primary mission was the long range escort of B-17 and B-24 bombers over occupied Europe. In mid-1943 the squdron along with the rest of the 78FG replaced their P-38's with P-47 Thunderbolts, then again in 1944 transitioned to P-51D Mustangs. The transition to the Mustangs gave the squadron the range needed to escort the heavy bombers all the way to Berlin, as well as engage in fighter sweeps and attack airfields, bridges, railroads and other targets of opportunity.
A replica of this plane currently flies in the US with the name emblazoned on both sides of the nose, much as "Big Beautiful Doll" did prior to it's loss in an airshow crash a few years back. There is evidence that these planes did not have the name on the starboard side of the fuselage during WWII. No known photos of Contrary Mary's port side exist to confirm this, most of the 84th FS planes appeared to have their name on the port side only. Therefore I choose to paint the name only on the port side of the nose, and leave the starboard side blank.