|Pilot 2nd Lt. Jack W. Epperson (survived)
Crashed April 16, 1945
Built by North American in Inglewood. Constructors Number 122-31006. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-51D-20-NA Mustang serial number 44-63280. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
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.
On April 16, 1945 took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 1 on a training mission. While attempting to land at Dagua Airfield, this Mustang suffered a landing accident and was badly damaged. Pilot survived unhurt. Unknown if repaired. Afterwards written off, scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-51D-20-NA Mustang 44-63280
"63280 (301st Service Squadron, 8th Service Group, 5th AF) in landing accident at Dagua Airfield East Sepik, Papua New Guinea May 1, 1945 [sic]. Pilot survived, aircraft badly damaged, unknown if repaired."
AAIR April 1945 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports P-51D 44-63280 pilot Epperson
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April 15, 2020