More info on a mid-air collision in Japan

From Bill Butler:

Both were taken at Itami AB, Japan I believe.  The tail number (serial number) on the one could be either 44-74286 or 44-74296.  Interestingly enough, both aircraft with those tail numbers were assigned at Itami during the period your father was there.  The 296 was involved in a bad crash later in December, and was a total loss.

… the 433 FS was temporarily attached to the 347th Fighter Group from Nov 1947-Aug 1948, which is when the squadron moved to Itazuke in Nov 1947.


December 1947 USAF Accident Reports


KMAC Killed, Mid Air Collision
471228  P-51D  44-73711 433FS 347FG Itazuke AAB, JPN 5 KMAC 4 Oline, Richard A JPN 75M WSW Itazuke, JPB
471228  P-51D  44-74296 433FS 347FG Itazuke AAB, JPN 5 KMAC 4 Ristich, Alex E JPN 75M WSW Itazuke, JPB

Various scraps: England, Paris, Japan, Korea, Barcelona

leave japan
Leave chit from 433rd Fighter Squadron
paris barcelona ticket 02
Plane ticket from Paris (Invalides) to Barcelona 7 July 1953
upper hayford 1952
Pass from Upper Heyford RAF Base, 25 Jan 1952
paris 01
Handbill for Le Troubadour, 7 rue Fromentin. Metro stations Blanche and Pigalle.
paris barcelona ticket
Ticket from Paris to Barcelona, 7 July 1953.
enlisted club itami
Membership card, enlisted men’s club, Itami AAB, Japan.
itami 1946 mess ticket
Mess card, Itami AAB “December”
VA Auburn card
Veteran’s Administration ID card for Fall 1947 and Winter 1948. Dad went to Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn) for three semesters on the GI Bill.
train ticket 1953
Boat train June 7, 1953 from Victoria station to Newhaven.

japan 1946 beer label

September 2, 1946 Kimpo, Korea
September 2, 1946 Kimpo, Korea