|Pilot 2nd Lt. Victor Clapp (survived) MA
Crashed January 2, 1945
Built by North American in Inglewood, California as a P-51D-15-NA Mustang. Constructors Number 109-28868. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South-West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 360th Service Group (360 SrG) part of the Far East Air Force - Combat Replacement Training Center (FEAF - CRTC) at Nadzab Airfield. No known nose art or nickname.
On January 2, 1945 took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 1 on a training mission. This Mustang suffered an engine failure and crashed on take off at Nadzab Airfield No. 1. Pilot survived. Afterwards, written off, scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
Clapp passed away on July 12, 1951. His is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Acton, MA at section 3E, lot 151, grave 6.
AAIR January 1945 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports - P-51D 44-15235 pilot Clapp
FindAGrave - Victor Clapp (grave photo)
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January 5, 2018