- Manufacturer: North American Aviation
- Power Plant: 1600 hp Packard-built Merlin 61 piston engine
- Top Speed: 437 mph
- Armament: Six wing-mounted .50-caliber machine guns
The Mustang performed its job so well that after its introduction in 1944, casualty rates for bomber crews were reduced by 75 percent. In fact, American P51s destroyed almost 5,000 enemy aircraft in Europe - making it the highest scoring U. S. fighter in the European theater of operations.