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  P-51D-15-NA Mustang Serial Number 44-15235  
USAAF
5th AF
360th Service Group
FEAF - CRTC

Pilot  2nd Lt. Victor Clapp (survived) MA
Crashed  January 2, 1945
MACR  none

Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
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.

Mission History
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.

Memorials
Clapp passed away on July 12, 1951. His is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Acton, MA at section 3E, lot 151, grave 6.

References
AAIR January 1945 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports - P-51D 44-15235 pilot Clapp
FindAGrave - Victor Clapp (grave photo)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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