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  P-51D-20-NA Mustang Serial Number 44-63651  
USAAF
5th AF
8th Service Group
301st Airdrome Squadron
FEAF CRTC

Pilot  2nd Lt. Hardy J. Kirby, 2063054 (MIA / KIA) Douglas, AZ
MIA  April 14, 1945 at 1:25pm
MACR  13834

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Constructors Number 122-31377. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-51D-20-NA Mustang 44-63651. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 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 nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On April 14, 1945 took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 1 piloted by 2nd Lt. Hardy J. Kirby on a practice dive bombing mission. At 1:25pm, this Mustang crashed into the Huon Gulf roughly 15 miles off Lae. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Kirby was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-51D-20-NA Mustang 44-63651
"63651 (201st Service Squadron, 8th Service Group, 5th AF) crashed 15 miles from Lae in the Huon Gulf, Morobe, Papua New Guinea while on practice dive bombing mission Apr 14, 1945. MACR 13834. Pilot killed."
Missing Air Crew Report 13834 (MACR 13834)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Hardy J. Kirby
FindAGrave - 2Lt Hardy J Kirby (tablets of the missing)
AAIR April 1945 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports - P-51D 44-63651 pilot Kirby

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Last Updated
April 13, 2020

 

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April 14, 1945

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