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  F-6D Mustang Serial Number 44-14920  
5th AF
8th Service Group
301st Airdrome Squadron

Pilot  2nd Lt. James J. McGowan (KIA, BR) MA
Crashed  December 19, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by North American Aviation (NAA) in Inglewood. Constructors Number 109-28553. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-51D-15-NA Mustang serial number 44-14920. Converted to F-6D photographic reconnaissance version. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 8th Service Group (8 SrG), 301st Airdrome Squadron (301 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 December 19, 1944 took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 1 piloted by 2nd Lt. James J. McGowan on a training flight and crashed 20 miles west of Nadzab. McGowan was killed in the crash and the aircraft destroyed.

McGowan was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is buried at Long Island National Cemetery at plot J, grave 15251.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-51D-15-NA Mustang 44-14920
"14920 (F-6D, 301st Service Squadron, 8th Service Group, 5th AF) crashed from unknown cause 20 mi W of Nadzab airfield, Morobe, Papua New Guinea Dec 19, 1944. Pilot killed, aircraft was destroyed."
FindAGrave - Lieut James J. McGowan (grave photo)

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Last Updated
March 1, 2020


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