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Mustang A68-765

Aircraft Model:North American P-51D-25-NT Mustang
Manufacturer:North American Aviation (Dallas)
Constructor's No.:124-44348
Identities:44-84492; A68-765
Units:No. 77 Squadron, RAAF

Timeline

11 August 1945Received by No. 6 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, ex USA.
14 August 1945Aircraft renumbered as A68-765.
13 September 1945Allotted to No. 77 Squadron, RAAF.
18 September 1945Issued to No. 77 Squadron, RAAF.
1 October 1945Received by No. 77 Squadron, RAAF.
10 October 1945Aircraft suffered landing accident at Labuan, causing damage to rear fuselage and rudder, after failure of the tail wheel locking device.
Pilot: F/O ANTHONY DARVALL ROSE, RAAF 422711 (Uninjured)
14 October 1945Allotted to No. 22 Repair and Salvage Unit, RAAF, for repairs.
21 October 1945Received by No. 22 Repair and Salvage Unit, RAAF.
30 October 1945No. 22 RSU disbanded and No. 81 Wing Headquarters assumed control.
18 December 1945Received by No. 77 Squadron, RAAF, ex No. 481 Maintenance Wing.
11 June 1946Received by No. 481 Maintenance Squadron, RAAF.
1 July 1946Received by No. 77 Squadron, RAAF.
1 October 1946Received by No. 481 Maintenance Squadron, RAAF.
4 November 1946Received by No. 77 Squadron, RAAF.
11 February 1947Received by No. 481 Maintenance Squadron, RAAF.
5 November 1948No. 81 Wing disbanded and No. 77 Squadron assumed control.
11 November 1948Tailplane damaged during live bombing exercise, the result of a high G pullout.
Pilot: W/O WILLIAM MAXWELL GARROWAY, RAAF (Uninjured)
17 March 1949Collided with Mustang A68-811 while flying in formation, causing damage to starboard aileron and flaps.
Pilot: W/O GEOFFREY THORNTON, RAAF (Survived)
20 October 1950No. 77 Squadron, RAAF, to come under control of No. 91 (Composite) Wing.
6 January 1951Aircraft crashed and burned with a full load of ammunition during a mission to the Munsan area.
Pilot: P3 GEOFFREY INGRAM STEPHENS, RAAF O647 (Missing)
19 January 1951Approval given for write-off.

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] 1950, RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Number 77 Squadron Mar 42 - Jul 50, A9186, 102.

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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