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  P-51D-20-NA Mustang Serial Number 44-63290  
5th AF
8th Service Group
301st Airdrome Squadron

Pilot  2nd Lt. Keith Muir (survived) IL
Crashed  February 4, 1945
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by North American Aviation (NAA) in Inglewood. Constructors Number 122-31016. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as a P-51D-20-NA Mustang serial number 44-63290. 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 (301st 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 February 4, 1945 took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 1 piloted by 2nd Lt. Keith Muir on a training mission. During take off, this aircraft crashed due to an engine failure with the pilot surviving unhurt. Afterwards, written off. Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Muir passed away June 1, 1992 at age 70. He is buried at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Keith Muir
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-51D-20-NA Mustang 44-63290
"63290 w/o Feb 4, 1945 at Nadzab, PNG on takeoff"
AAIR February 1945 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports - P-51D 44-63290 pilot Muir
FindAGrave - Keith Richard Muir, II (grave photo)

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Last Updated
March 1, 2020


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