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

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. 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 on a practice dive bombing mission. This Mustang crashed 15 miles off Lae into the Huon Gulf at 1:25pm. When this aircraft failed to return, pilot Kirby was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

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

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
February 4, 2018


Tech Info

April 14, 1945

1 Missing

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