|Pilot 2nd Lt. Grant W. Wahlquist, 2064126 (MIA / KIA) UT
Crashed May 3, 1945
Built by North American Aviation (NAA) in Dallas, Texas. Constructors Number 111-30208. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-51K-10-NT Mustang serial number 44-12075. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.
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.
On May 3, 1945 took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 1 piloted by 2nd Lt. Grant W. Wahlquist on a local flight. This Mustang crashed due to engine failure roughly a half mile west of Nadzab Airfield No. 1. Pilot
Wahlquist was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Wahlquist was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Wahlquist also has a memorial marker at Roosevelt Memorial Park in Roosevelt, UT.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-51D-10-NA Mustang 44-12075
"12075 (301st Service Squadron, 8th Service Group, 5th AF) crashed 1/2 mi W of Nadzab airfield Morobe, Papua New Guinea May 3, 1945. Pilot killed, aircraft destroyed."
AAIR - May 1945 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports P-51K 44-12075 pilot Wahiquist [sic]
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Grant W. Wahlquist
2Lt Grant W Wahlquist (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Grant W Wahlquist (memorial marker photo)
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March 1, 2020