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  P-51D-20-NA Mustang Serial Number 44-63310  
USAAF
5th AF
360th Service Group
FEAF CRTC

Pilot  2nd Lt. Robert G. Milliken (survived) Denver, CO
Crashed  March 5, 1945
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Constructors Number 122-31036 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 March 5, 1945 took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 1 on a training mission. This Mustang made a crash landing roughly ten miles west of Nadzab Airfield No. 1, destroying the aircraft. Pilot survived.

Memorials
Miliken passed away Mar. 13, 2011. He is buried at Cambria Cemetery in Cambria, CA.

References
AAIR March 1945 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports - P-51D 44-63310 pilot Milliken
FindAGrave - Robert G. Milliken (grave photo, obituary)
"After high school Bob enrolled at Denver University and took flying lessons in his spare time. WWII had begun when he transferred the following year to the University of Northern Colorado and enlisted in the united Stated Air Force to await his call to active duty. There at UNC he met Yvonne and the two became engaged before he was called. Bob was still in flight training when they married at a small church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, when Bob received a three day pass over the Christmas holiday. Sent to the South Pacific to join the 4th Fighter Squadron of the 3rd Air Commando Group, Bob survived two fiery crashes of cargo planes and flew 104 missions over the South Pacific in his P-51 Mustang."

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
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