During the war, the Tuskegee airmen painted their planes with nose art and nicknames. To honor the airmen, all planes in the segregated fighter squadron had a color scheme. The Mustang shown in the image was the distinctive aircraft of the airmen.
'The Iowa Beaut,' a P-51B of the 354th Fighter Squadron flown over the English countryside by Lt Robert E Hulderman, mid-1944. A different pilot in this plane was lost near Rechtenbach, Germany, Sep 11, 1944.