Squadron Signal Publications P-51 Mustang In Action. The P-51 Mustang was one of the most outstanding aircraft developed by the Allies during World War II. Indeed it combined the finest powerplant developed in Great Britain with the best airframe developed by American engineers. The Mustang could climb much faster than the Japanese Zero and out dive any Axis planes. It had no equal in terms of range. P-51s accounted for the destruction of more than 9,000 Luftwaffe aircraft with a loss of slightly more than 2,500 Mustangs, a ratio of almost 4 to 1. And that was just against the Germans! Dozens of period photographs from around the world illustrate the production, development, and evolution of the legendary Mustang. Illustrated with more than 130 photographs, plus color profiles and detailed line drawings; Davis; 64 pages.