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The last couple of weeks I have been trying to determine the identities
of the Guatemalan F-51Ds that were lost in accidents. The sources I
have been using range from official documents to photos and "old
hand" accounts from former mechanics. What follows is what I have
compiled so far. Any additions and/or corrections are welcomed, mainly
in the form of serials, dates, places and names.
Date: 15-SEP-1957
Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
It has been reported that two or three F-51Ds collided in mid-air while
flying in formation during the Independence festivities. Two of the
planes crashed while the third was able to reach La Aurora Airport. The
pilots of the crashed planes bailed out safely. The aircraft involved,
although not yet confirmed, could be FAG-309 and FAG-312.
Date: 06-NOV-1957
Location: Puerto de San Jos, Escuintla
According to photographic evidence and assorted documents found at
the GAF Photo Section, an F-51D crashed when it ran out of fuel while
trying to reach the San Jos airdrome. The pilot, 2nd. Lt. Julio Augusto
Barrios Btres, died. The plane involved was FAG-333.

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Date: 18-JUN-1959
Location: Unknown
According to an Aircraft Availability Report dated in 1961, a F-51D
crashed on this date. No location given. It does states, however, that
the pilot was able to bail out safely. The document doesn't mentions
which airplane was involved.
Date: 17-AUG-1960
Location: Southern Coast, no exact location given, possibly Puerto de
San Jos, Escuintla
This accident is mentioned in a FAG's Deceased Pilots list issued in 1996.
The pilot involved was Capt. Carlos E. Girn Ortiz, who died. No further
information about the plane he was flying.
Date: 02-NOV-1961
Location: Paln, Escuintla
According to a FAG's Deceased Pilots list issued in 1996, an F-51D -serial
unknown- crashed against a mountain slope near Paln, while flying
through bad weather. The pilot, 2nd Lt. Wilfred Alan Stokes, died on
impact. Stokes was the first and only afro-descendant pilot to have
served with the Guatemalan Air Force.
Date: 09-FEB-1962
Location: Unknown
According to an FAG's Deceased Pilots list issued in 1996, an
unidentified F-51D crashed on this date. Pilot, Lt. Jorge A. Tello C., died in
the accident.
Date: 31-OCT-1963
Location: Unknown
According to a FAG's Deceased Pilots list issued in 1996, an unidentified
F-51D crashed on this date. Pilot, Lt. Carlos L. Solrzano, died in the
accident.
Date: 07-OCT-1966
Location: Unknown
According to an Aircraft Availability Report dated in May 1967, an F-51D
crashed on this date, with no loss of lives. The airplane involved was
FAG-336.
Date: 30-JUL-1968
Location: Puerto de San Jos, Escuintla
According to photo and documental evidence, an F-51D crashed under
unknown circumstances near the San Jos Airdrome. Pilot, 2nd Lt. Luis
Enrique Urrutia Flfil -son of a former FAG Commander- survived. The
airplane involved was FAG-387.
Date: 01-FEB-1971
Location: Tikal, El Petn
According to photo and documental evidence, an F-51D crashed shortly
after taking off from the Tikal airstrip, due to a major loss of power.
Pilot, Capt. Francisco Cosenza Chacn bailed out safely. The airplane
involved was FAG-381.
Date: 11-JAN-1972
Location: Puerto de San Jos, Escuintla
According to photo and documental evidence, Three F-51Ds collided in
mid-air while performing aerobatics. Two of them crashed while the
third was able to land at the San Jos airdrome. Majors Leonel Sols
Vsquez and Oscar Larraaga Gomar, died in the accident. Aircraft
involved: FAG-300 and FAG-384 (confirmation needed.)
As I said, any help would be greatly appreciated.
Saludos!
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