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.
|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|