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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:17 pm 
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Major Gerald Emerson "Monty" Montgomery, flew a P-51D Mustang "Sizzlin Liz" Serial No. 44-14119, with the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, USAAF. Montgomery destroyed 17.5 Luftwaffe aircraft (3 aerial and 14.50 ground.)

Those who hailed from the State of Texas and who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in World War II were automatically known as “Tex". Such was not the case of a twenty year old college student from Star Route No. 2, Littlefield, Texas. Gerald Emerson Montgomery had the same last name as the then popular British General - Field Marshall Bernard Law Montgomery. Sharing that famous surname, meant equally sharing his universally applied nickname "Monty". The young Texan wanted to join the war effort as a fighter pilot, but in June, 1941, he was rejected by the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) as his eyesight was not perfect.

Traveling 1,100 miles from his home to Canada, Montgomery voluntarily enlisted in the RCAF at No. 8 Recruiting Centre in Windsor, Ontario on Friday, August 8, 1941. His rank was Aircraftsman 2nd Class (AC2) Airman, his assigned Service No. was R.109984 and his starting pay was $33.00 per month. The RCAF interviewing Officer, Flying Officer (FO) W. D. Stroud, noted in his report; "A good average type. Some advanced education. Courteous, straightforward and intelligent. Keen on soldiering and has two friends who are currently serving in the RCAF. With training he should become good pilot material".

From my forthcoming book "American RCAF Warriors" Volume II.

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And Montgomery's Mustang has already been the subject of another P-51D restoration. Dave Marco's 44-74458 N351DM which was rebuilt by Glenn Wgman and re-flown as that particular "Sizzlin Liz" in 1991.

http://www.mustangsmustangs.com/p-51/su ... l/44-74458

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Have any of the Sizzlin Liz restorations been accurately painted though? It’s my understanding that the extended red noses were introduced in Jan 1945, and the invasion stripes were all gone by then.

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The "Sizzlin Liz" Mustang in this thread does not have any connection to Montgomery. The paint scheme is not 100% correct for a NEV ANG 51 either as far as I know.

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TJ, something odd here from MustangsMustangs:

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1970: wreckage, fuselage at Chino CA - marked N9145R
1970: Aerospace Modifications, Van Nuys CA, rebuilt as TP-51
1971: sale, John Marlin, Reno NV
1973: N65206, reg, John Marlin, Reno NV, rebuilt as "Green Machine"


John Marlin assembled this Mustang from mostly damaged pieces AFAIK. Even John says he built it from junk nobody else wanted.

How was it rebuilt as a "TP-51"? Any idea?


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And Montgomery's Mustang has already been the subject of another P-51D restoration. Dave Marco's 44-74458 N351DM which was rebuilt by Glenn Wgman and re-flown as that particular "Sizzlin Liz" in 1991.

http://www.mustangsmustangs.com/p-51/su ... l/44-74458

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The April/May Warbirds International has a great write up on the AAM's "New Mustang", Congrats...


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Brandon: I believe the TP-51 reference to John Marlin's N65206 is a typo. I have never seen any information regarding this at all. Nor did John ever mention the fact that the 51 had been worked into TF standard before he got it.

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Right or wrong, the term "TP-51" has usually been used with modern restos when the fuselage/canopy is stock, but there are rudimentary dual controls installed for the jump seat installed in back.


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JohnTerrell wrote:
Right or wrong, the term "TP-51" has usually been used with modern restos when the fuselage/canopy is stock, but there are rudimentary dual controls installed for the jump seat installed in back.
John Marlin's plane never had any of that installed.


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