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  P-51D-20-NA Mustang Serial Number 44-63280  
USAAF
5th AF
8th Service Group
301st Airdrome Squadron
FEAF - CRTC

Pilot  2nd Lt. Jack W. Epperson (survived)
Crashed  April 16, 1945
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California as a P-51D-20-NA Mustang. Constructors Number 122-31006. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Service Group (8 SrG), 301st Airdrome Squadron (301st ADS) 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 April 16, 1945 took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 1 on a training mission. While attempting to land at Dagua Airfield, this Mustang suffered a landing accident and was badly damaged. Pilot survived unhurt. Unknown if repaired. Afterwards written off, scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
Joe Baugher's USAF Aircraft Serial Number Search 44-63280 lists date of crash as May 1, 1945
AAIR April 1945 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports - P-51D 44-63280 pilot Epperson

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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