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  P-51D-20-NA Mustang Serial Number 44-64089  
5th AF
8th Service Group
301st Airdrome Squadron

Pilot  2nd Lt. Jay R. Waller (survived) Denver, CO
Crashed  May 17, 1945
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by North American Aviation (NAA) in Inglewood. Constructors Number 122-31815. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-51D-20-NA Mustang serial number 44-64089. 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 Service Squadron) 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 May 17, 1945 took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 1 piloted by 2nd Lt. Jay R. Waller on a training mission. During the flight, this Mustang suffered an aerial collision roughly 15 miles northeast of Lae. The pilot survived but the aircraft was badly damaged. Unknown if repaired, crashed or scrapped afterwards.

Waller served in World War II, Korean War and Vietnam war and retired as a Major in the U. S. Air Force (USAF). Waller passed away on February 6, 1976. He is buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, CO at section A, site 122A.

NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Jay R. Waller

AAIR April 1945 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports - P-51D 44-64089 pilot Waller
FindAGrave - Jay R Waller (grave photo)

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Last Updated
March 2, 2020


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