Taken over Florida in '45, this P-51/F-6 was named Queenie for the good people at the VFW in Queens, NY who raised the war bond money for this aircraft. Col. Stewart lived in Queens and was honored as this P-51s first pilot. Reports are that this P-51 was on display outside Queens VFW for a number of years, we are looking for confirmation and info. Today Col. Stewart is listed MIA, Viet Nam since 1966.
Queenie, P-51C, s/n 42-103754 went to salvage on 16 April 1945.
Her history: Accepted May 4, 1944 at Dallas, TX
Stationed at Lakeland, Fl. May 9, 1944
Stationed at Cross City, Fl. June 10, 1944
Stationed at Alachua, Fl. June 22, 1944
Stationed at Lakeland, Fl. July 19, 1944
Stationed at Alachua, Fl. August 22, 1944
Stationed at Bartow, Ca. Oct. 4, 1944
Stationed at Venice, Ca Feb. 22, 1945
Stationed at Avon Park, Fl. April 3, 1945
Stationed at Venice, Ca. April 16, 1945
Salvaged at Venice, Ca. April 1945
In the background of the picture you used is a airfield. This airfield is Lakeland airport, Lakeland, Fl. I know it well, been there.
Excellent work Mr. Eubanks, thank you.