The P-51D Mustang “Tall In The Saddle” was delivered to the USAAF on December 21, 1944. Originally destined for the 8th AF in England, it was soon re-routed to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations with the 15th AF in Italy. 44-72035 was assigned to the 332nd FG / 99th FS known then as the “Red Tails” and later “Tuskegee Airmen”. The squadron provided bomber escorts and ground attack over Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. Pilot George Hardy flew many missions in this aircraft and “Tall In The Saddle” survived World War II wearing many bullet hole repairs.