P-51B Mustang 43-24842 was originally assigned to Lt. George George of the 363rd FS/357th
FG. The aircraft was named “Blackpool Bat” after the town his then girlfriend, later wife, lived in.
Lt. George was best known for ground support and was the 357th top train buster. On September
15, 1944 “Blackpool Bat” was being flown by 2nd Lt. Graeff and was lost in a mid-air collision.
Lt. George was now assigned a P-51D that he named “Blackpool Bat II”. Lt. George received
several awards and went on to fly an F-86 in Korea.