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  F-6D Mustang Serial Number 44-14920  
5th AF
8th Service Group
301st Airdrome Squadron

Pilot  2nd Lt. James J. McGowan (KIA, BR) MA
Crashed  December 19, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California as a P-51D-10-NA Mustang. Constructors Number 109-28553. Converted to F-6D photographic reconnaissance version. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Service Group (8 SrG), 301st Airdrome Squadron (301st Service Squadron) part of the Far East Air Force - Combat Replacement Training Center (FEAF - CRTC) at Nadzab Airfield. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On December 19, 1944 took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 1. This Mustang crashed 20 miles west of Nadzab. Pilot McGowan was killed in the crash and the aircraft destroyed.

McGowan was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is buried at Long Island National Cemetery at plot J, grave 15251.

FindAGrave - Lieut James J. McGowan (grave photo)

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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