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P-51 Who?
           
P-51 Who?
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5 OPEN P-51 Who Cases
Case 431     Jan 01 2016
Open
Bruce Guberman
P-51 Who
Santa Monica 1958/59
Kinda Tough
Case 362     Jun 03 2009
Open
Dick Phillips
P-51 Who
unknown date/place
Hard
Case 120     Jun 01 2001
Open
Tom Smith
P-51 Who
1959 Sarasota, FL
photo by Jim Hess
Extremely Hard
Case 430     Aug 13 2015
Open
Jim Bowman
P-51 Who
We know the P-51, who is the pilot and GIB?
June 1969
Moderate
Case 140     Nov 01 2001
Re-opened
Dick Phillips
P-51 Who
unknown
Extremely Hard
10 Most Recent Who Posts
Walt Alexander
Thursday Feb 20 2020
P-51 Who Who Case: 152
My name is Walt Alexander, I am also a nephew of Bill Patrick, and the son of Marion Faye Patrick, Bill's sister. I remember being on the ranch and spending time there, but I was pretty young. For sure remember Bradley Jackson and your sisters and Mom. My mom is back in NC now and has been for a while. I remember my parents flying to California after the crash. Long time ago now. I stumbled on to this site just looking stuff up on William Penn Patrick cause I never knew what became of his wife and kids, I remember them very fondly. Just curious if anyone remembered seeing my mother around there that much back in those days, Mom's name would have been Faye Alexander or Faye McCune at the time. walexander@tps501.org
Mike Davison
Monday Feb 17 2020
P-51 Who Who Case: 29
I grew up on a grain ranch 15 miles east of Turlock and Hawke Dusters (owned at the time by Pappy Dunlap) did all of my dad's crop dusting. In the early 50's my dad scraped out a short landing strip near the barn so the plane could be refueled and reloaded with whatever nasty kind of spray that they were using at the time (2-4D and DDT were in heavy use at the time) without having to return to Modesto. The first landing on the new strip didn't go so well as the ground was much too soft and when the wheels hit the plane cartwheeled and fortunately, landed upright on it's wheels. The strip was subsequently packed. Pappy took me for my first ride in an airplane, taking off from our strip in a Piper Cub. Around this time Pappy brought in Buddy as a partner and he was the most dashing, handsome, daring young pilot that you could imagine. I think that I heard stories of his having flown in the Korean War, but not 100% sure of that. After Pappy sold out to Buddy he and his wife moved up to Lake Louise in Alberta. Great memories. Glad that I happened across this site.
Ben Gay
Thursday Feb 13 2020
P-51 Who Who Case: 152
Fellow "family members":
Just doing my monthly check in!
Although I talk/email/text privately with several of you, I check here once a month for items of general interest.
Let me know if I can be of assistance!
All the best!
Ben Gay III
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Keith Foster
Monday Feb 10 2020
P-51 Who Who Case: 81
I have a b/w photo of my uncle, 1st Lt. Stanley E. Felix, flying his mustang “stump jumper” for the 111th TRS while stationed in Texas. Got named stump jumper after an engine failure and rough off strip landing that could have been rougher. Uncle Stan was shot down by ground fire flack on Aug 31, 1944 in France during Operation Dragoon while flying recon of railway use by the nazis. He survived, but injured and hid by French underground and smuggled back to his squadron. The plane he was flying when shot down was an F-6 photo version of the p51, I think named after his daughter Jeannie. Stump Jumper remained in Texas and survived the war.
Tomas Gerard Miller
Thursday Feb 06 2020
P-51 Who Who Case: 424
I took picture of Don Plumb's CFUSA P-51D back in May of 1975 outside of his hangar at the airport in Windsor Canada. His mustang was beautiful! Mr. Plumb gave us teenagers (at the time) a tour of his hangar. At the time he also owned a P-40E (that he claimed had 6 actual recorded kills form WWII), Spitfire Mk IX (which I remember him saying flew in the movie "Battle of Britain from 1969). He actually let me sit in the Spitfire and the P-51D. I found out about Don Plumb from an airshow he flew in with his P-40 at Bishop Airport in Flint, MI. So I and a couple of teenage friends drove to Windsor Canada, and showed up at his hangar unannounced. We saw his Mustang fly in (the first time I experienced the sound of P-51 Mustang flying) and land. He saw us hanging around his hangar and instead of kicking us out he invited us in and gave us the grand tour. I will never forget it. He was a real nice man!
Richard Demerjian
Sunday Feb 02 2020
P-51 Who Who Case: 29
I started my flying lessons in 1954 at Modesto Airport, and met Bud at that time. He was a bit older and graduated from Modesto High School in either 1948 or 1949. I seem to recall that some time after going to work for Pappy Dunlap at Hawke, Pappy gave Bud an interest in the business to incentivize him to stay there. Ag pilots seemed to be mobile and Pappy needed stability. Bud owned a Cessna "Bamboo Bomber" which I believe was a model T50, in addition to the Mustang. My wife and I moved from Modesto after our marriage, and I saw Bud only on a trip back while making the requisite trip to the airport.
The year after reading about his accident, I had, just by chance, a conversation with someone who had been a part of the team that investigated the crash. He told me it was an inflight fire that was most likely the result of a modification to the exhaust system. He said some baffles were removed, and that was done to enhance performance. Removing the baffles was known to cause fires. He also said Bud was probably dead before the impact from the crash.
At the time of his death, I recall that Bud had a ranch with an airstrip (shown on the area chart) north of Modesto near Riverbank. I think he had a young son who inherited Bud's estate.
Dennis Kinealy
Wednesday Jan 29 2020
P-51 Who Who Case: 279
Ray gave me an apprenticeship at RJ Whitbread smash repair in Kogarah and l was lucky enough to do the paint work on his P51 , l never got a ride in it but l did get to go with Ray when he did circuits in a wariway ?? he owned and would practice the landing of the Mustang . Ray Whitbread was one of the most gracious men l have known and gave me a good start in a career that has been good to me.
Ben Gay III
Wednesday Jan 15 2020
P-51 Who Who Case: 152
Brad -

It's very open . . . with an advance call to Jane Wilhite's office at PSI Seminars.

PSI
High Valley Ranch
11650 High Valley Rd.
Clearlake Oaks, CA

(707) 998-2222

Tell them/her I said Hello!

- Ben Gay III
Keith R Forrest
Tuesday Jan 07 2020
P-51 Who Who Case: 325
Back in the late 70's I was taking flight lessons from my brother at the Ftc lvd airport which at the time I think the FBO was owned by Max. I spent a lot of time there and got to talk to Max a fair amount. He was a real down to earth guy and easy to talk to. One day I asked what it would take to get a flight in the Boomer just in passing, he replied" Go grab a couple of parachutes out of my office" I don't know how many people get to ride for over an hour of aerobatics in a P-51 but it is a memory I will never forget for as long as I live. When I heard about Max's accident I didn't know how or who to send condolences to but hopefully this will suffice. I remember Mike flying what I remember was a T-34 and seeing him around the airport. I have thought of Max and the Boomer often, Max even gave me a small artist drawing of Boomer that I still treasure. A really great guy, the world could use a lot more like him.
Rod
Sunday Jan 05 2020
P-51 Who Who Case: 279
I was a 10 year old on the day. I was with my family in Windsor about to head into a Chinese restaurant for lunch. We stood out the front for a moment watching this aircraft high in the sky. After a while when we were seated inside we heard an almighty loud scream of an engine revving, then silence. Not knowing what the noise was we carried on only to find out that night back home on the news, the plane had crashed.