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Mustang in France in September 1942?

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Mustang in France in September 1942?
Posted by Chrisk-k on Thursday, July 9, 2015 6:23 PM

I'm reading a novel, "The Nightingale."  The book describes an American pilot bailing out from a P-51 Mustang in the sky of Paris in September 1942.  I guess this is not historically accurate although I understand the book is a novel, not a history book.  Thoughts?

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, July 9, 2015 6:33 PM

Umm...

8 Bomber Command, a US unit first flew missions in B-17s on August 17th, over Germany. But they didn't get escorted by P-51s.

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Posted by Chrisk-k on Thursday, July 9, 2015 6:45 PM

The Allies bombing of the Renault factory in the Paris area in Sep 1942 led to the event described in my original post.  I haven't found any information about such bombing escorted by the P-51's.  I'd say 99.99% of the readers wouldn't bother with or realize historic inaccuracies of the novel, but I am not one of them Smile

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, July 9, 2015 6:56 PM

Mustang I's made their combat debut over Dieppe in August 1942 with the RAF. Now you could put a Yank in the RAF in one of the Army Co Operation Squadrons the flew the Allison Mustangs and get a plausible plot at that point...

 

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Posted by mississippivol on Thursday, July 9, 2015 8:13 PM

Sounds like a book I read that described the afternoon sky in May as a  winter sky...

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, July 9, 2015 8:25 PM

Well, considering that the conditions for the Normandy Invasion is June were described as being "from a meteorological standpoint resembling mid winter" that is a possibility.

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Posted by tankerbuilder on Saturday, July 11, 2015 9:00 AM

Well yeah !

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