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Turns out he was on final and had engine problems.  He was aiming for a grass strip and came up short, hitting the lip of the raised taxiway:

 

http://www.aaib.gov.uk/publications/bulletins/december_2008/north_american_p_51d_20_mustang__g_bixl.cfm

 

 

North American P-51D-20 Mustang, G-BIXL
Report name: 
North American P-51D-20 Mustang, G-BIXL
Registration: 
G-BIXL
Type: 
North American P-51D-20 Mustang
Location: 
Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire
Date of occurrence: 
13 July 2008
Category: 
General Aviation - Fixed Wing
Summary: 
G-BIXL was on a final approach to land on a grass runway when the engine began to run roughly. The pilot advanced the throttle which led to a marked reduction in power. The aircraft touched down on the grass short of the runway but was forced back into the air when it crossed the lip of a raised taxiway. During the following touchdown and deceleration, the left main gear was damaged and the propeller hit the ground before the aircraft came to a halt. The cause of the rough running and power loss was not positively determined at the time of publication of this report.
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