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  P-51K-10-NT Mustang Serial Number 44-12025  
5th AF
8th Service Group
301st Airdrome Squadron

Pilot  FO Joseph H. Horwath (survived)
Crash Landed  April 17, 1945
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by North American Aviation (NAA) in Dallas, Texas. Constructors Number 111-30158. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-51K-10-NT Mustang serial number 44-12025. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Service Group (8th SrG), 301st Airdrome Squadron (301st ADS) part of the Far East Air Force Combat Replacement Training Center (FEAF CRTC). No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On April 17, 1945 took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 1 piloted by FO Joseph H. Horwath on a local flight. Returning, this Mustang suffered a landing accident at Nadzab Airfield No. 1 and was badly damaged but the pilot survived. Afterwards, this aircraft was written off and likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Horwath passed away on January 7, 1945. He was buried at Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery in Flintstone, MD at plot H6 R1 S14.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-51K-10-NT Mustang 44-12025
"12025 (301st Service Squadron, 8th Service group, 5th AF) in landing accident at Nadzab airfield Morobe, Papua New Guinea Apr 17, 1945. Pilot surivived, aircraft badly damaged, unknown if repaired."
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
March 1, 2020


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