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  P-51K-10-NT Mustang Serial Number 44-12032  
5th AF
8th Service Group
301st Airdrome Squadron

Pilot  2nd Lt. Joseph A. Goeller (survived) Queens, NY
Crashed  March 8, 1945
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by North American Aviation (NAA) in Dallas, Texas. Constructors Number 111-30165. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-51K-10-NT Mustang serial number 44-12032. 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 March 8, 1945 during take off from Goroka Airfield (Garoka), this Mustang suffered a take off accident, destroying the aircraft. Pilot survived. Afterwards, this aircraft was written off, scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-51K-10-NT Mustang 44-12032
"12032 (301st Service Squadron, 8th Service group, 5th AF) in takeoff accident at Garoka Airfield Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea Mar 8, 1945. Pilot survived, but aircraft was destroyed."
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Joseph A. Goeller

AAIR - March 1945 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports P-51K 44-12032 pilot Goeller take off accident Garoka

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Last Updated
March 1, 2020


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