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  P-51D-20-NA Mustang Serial Number 44-63373  
5th AF
8th Service Group
301st Airdrome Squadron

Pilot  2nd Lt. Jack Helm, Jr. (survived) Dallas County, TX
Crashed  February 25, 1945
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California as a P-51D-20-NA Mustang. Constructors Number 122-63373. 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 February 25, 1945 took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 1 on a training mission. This aircraft suffered mechanical failure and the pilot successfully bailed out. This Mustang crashed roughly 20 miles west of Nadzab Airfield No. 1.

NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Jack Helm, Jr.
AAIR February 1945 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports - P-51D 44-63290 pilot Muir

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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