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  P-51D-20-NA Mustang Serial Number 44-72054  
5th AF
8th Service Group
301st Airdrome Squadron

Pilot  ? (survived) [needs confirmation]
Crashed  April 13, 1945 / May 16, 1945 [needs confirmation]
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California as a P-51D-20-NA Mustang. Constructors Number 122-31913. 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, 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 13, 1945 took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 1 on a training mission. During the flight, this Mustang suffered an engine failure forcing the pilot bailed out. This aircraft crashed at Kaiapit and was destroyed in the crash. Pilot survived unhurt and returned to duty.

Joe Baugher's USAF Aircraft Serial Number Search incorrectly state this aircraft was lost on May 16, 1945.
AAIR April 1945 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports - 44-72054 / 44-12025 both listed as piloted by Horwath
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Joseph H. Horwath
FindAGrave - Joseph H. Horwath (memorial marker photo)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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