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Capt. Eldon F Troge. 359th Fighter Squadron. Although Eldon's assigned a/c is unconfirmed, it could well have been this one. P-51K 44-11351 OC-I was at one time assigned to Lt. Frank A Forsyth who rotated home in December 1944. This mishap occurred on 1 June 1945 with Capt. Troge at the controls. It seems that Eldon was unhurt but shaken up to the extent that he tried to light up a cigarette after being released. Fortunately, it was pointed out to him that the entire area was soaked in 100 octane!

Photo: Ross Whitaker

 

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