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Mustang A68-726

Aircraft Model:North American P-51D-25-NT Mustang
Manufacturer:North American Aviation (Dallas)
Constructor's No.:124-44584
Identities:44-84728; A68-726
Units:No. 76 Squadron, RAAF
No. 77 Squadron, RAAF

Timeline

2 August 1945Received by No. 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, ex USA.
3 August 1945Aircraft renumbered as A68-726.
11 September 1945Allotted to No. 76 Squadron, RAAF.
14 September 1945Issued to No. 76 Squadron, RAAF.
26 September 1945Received by No. 76 Squadron, RAAF.
30 October 1945No. 76 Squadron, RAAF, to come under control of No. 81 Wing Headquarters.
5 June 1946Received by No. 481 Maintenance Squadron, RAAF.
18 June 1946Received by No. 76 Squadron, RAAF.
29 October 1948No. 76 Squadron disbanded and No. 77 Squadron assumed control.
20 October 1950No. 77 Squadron, RAAF, to come under control of No. 91 (Composite) Wing Headquarters.
22 December 1950Aircraft was shot down by anti-aircraft fire, crashing approximately 5 miles E of Pyongyang, during an armed reconnaissance mission.
Pilot: P3 DONALD CAMPBELL ELLIS, RAAF O21261 (Missing)
16 January 1951Approval given for write-off.

Sorties

No. 77 Squadron, RAAF:
18 July 1950Armed Attack10:09/K12:43/KF/Lt F.R. CoburnAircraft armed with rockets and .50 calibre ammunition to contact "Ground Control" for targets. The aircraft were directed to targets of opportunity along the UMSONG (36°56'N, 127°41'E), KOESAN (36°48'N, 127) roads. The aircraft landed at TAEGU at 1320 hours to refuel. Three of the aircraft took off on to contact "Ground Control" for additional targets. Owing to weather conditions in the IWAKUNI area, the aircraft remained over night at TAEGU and returned following morning.
RESULTS: Six direct hits with rockets on a large building with no visible results. A large building in KOESAN left burning, suggesting an oil fire. Seven trucks destroyed. Nine others attacked, but results not known. One oil tanker destroyed. A large warehouse direct hit by a rocket. One bus attacked, but results not noted.

References

Baugher, J. 2018 1944 USAAF Serial Numbers (44-83886 to 44-92098). Joe Baugher's Home Page. Retrieved 16 May 2018 from <http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1944_6.html>.

Mackenzie, S. 2015 RAAF A68 North American P-51D Mustang A68-600 to A68-813 & A68-1001. ADF Serials. Retrieved 17 May 2017 from <http://www.adf-serials.com.au/2a68c.htm>.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1953, Aircraft Status cards - Mustang A68-700 to A68-799, A10297, BLOCK 390.

Record updated on 16 May 2018.


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