Major Thorsen's "Nightshade" HL-B
Anyone have an idea what the serial number is for this plane? Based on two pictures, one found in Squadron's "31st FG in WWII" and the other in "In a Now Forgotten Sky" it looks like the last three numbers are 4*8 and I'm guessing the first three numbers are 210 (since most early P-51B's had serial numbers beginning with 42-106***). If we believe this is a P-51B, the serial number range beginning with a 2 would be 42-106429 - 42-106978. 42-106429-106738 are P-51B-10-NAs and 42-106739-106978 are P-51B-15-NAs. With this in mind, it would make sense that the serial number of HL-B would end with 438, 449, 458, 468, 478, 488, 498. The problem with this is that 438, 448, 458, 468 and 488 were all 8th AF P-51Bs. 478 was a RAF lend lease P-51B. 498 is the only 31st FG plane but according to the RAF 112 Squadron website honor roll, it was a 309th FS plane coded WZ-U that was shot down on 27 Jun 44. Where did I go wrong here? Help. Anyone have any ideas?