K4-S 'Dottie Mae' of 511FS, 405FG 9AF in WWII
Jack Croul, and all members of the restoration crew at Vintage
Airframes are well aware of the historical significance of K4-S
Whereas there are a number of P-51 Mustangs with wartime
experience during WWII, K4-S "DOTTIE MAE" 42-29150 is the
only known P47 survivor with combat experience from the whole
of the ETO (European Theatre of Operations).
Indeed we (collectively) understand the historical importance of
29150 K4-S "Dottie Mae" and plan (where possible & safe) to
undertake the following:
A. To preserve as much of the existing airframe as possible.
Parts that are in good airworthy condition are to be cleaned and
reused, slightly damaged parts to be repaired, replacement
hardware to be new old stock where possible and at the last
resort non-existent impossible to find parts will be factory new.
B. New material to be clearly marked to assist in any future
C. Document the restoration and preserve all original parts.
D. Retain all original paintwork, decals, significant and
E. Other fuselage skins bearing the names of the ground crew
as well as "Dottie Mae" will be removed and displayed. These
shall be replicated on new skins.
F. The original nose artwork has been preserved and will be on
display in the future.
G. Stock restoration but retaining flak repairs and completing
"K4-S" to as she was on the last mission in May 1945.
H. The R-2800, 18cyl engine has been rebuilt by Anderson
Automotive in Idaho.
I. Eight .50 cal heavy machine guns and ammunition feeds to
J. Original instruments, gunsight and canopy.
K. Original skins to remain un-cleaned to preserve the patina
of 90 missions. New skins to be weathered to match.
These are but a few of the items on the list, which ultimately
will make this a challenging project unlike any other that we
have done previously. In fact, what we believe will be one
significant restoration opportunity in the warbird
We as a team are most fortunate to have on board, a highly
skilled and experienced craftsmen to see us through to
completion, starting with Mike Breshears and his crew at
Vintage Airframes in Idaho. While Mike is overhauling/restoring
the airframe and metal work, components will simultaneously be
removed for overhaul and rework/yellow tag.
We also would be remiss not to mention our friend Mark
Sheppard in United Kingdom, who is our own, in house staff
historian whom without, this project would not have the volumes
of information and documentation that is so critical to preserving
her future as well as validating her past.
Stay tuned & check back often.
Allied Fighters Inc.
To Jeff Harris the man that had a vision to create this website.
We hope to continue Jeff's enthusiasm and passion for the
warbird's and to educate our future generations.
In loving memory and respect to Jeff Harris
the "Captain of this Ship."
1956 - 2013