A tribute to

Robert Goebel: Mustang Ace

The fighter pilot and his P-51 “Flying Dutchman”

Lt. Col. Robert Goebel USAF
(1923 – 2011)

Double ace

Robert Goebel (1923-2011), a native of Racine, WI, joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 at the age of nineteen.  He received his flight training in Texas, and by the spring of 1944 was on his way to Italy with the 31st Fighter Group, which had just transitioned to the new P-51 Mustang.

After 61 combat missions he was credited with 11 victories, earning him the coveted status of “double ace.” When he returned home in September 1944 he was not yet 22 years old.


Robert Goebel’s tribute P-51D “Flying Dutchman” with on-screen narration by the double ace.

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Robert Goebel: Mustang Ace

Presented by Bob Goebel Jr.

A presentation of “Robert Goebel – Mustang Ace” is available for interested groups in the Dallas metroplex and Los Angeles areas, as well as other locations by arrangement.

McKinney, TX resident Bob Goebel Jr., a retired law enforcement officer from California, provides a personal account of his father’s journey from teenaged newspaper boy to decorated fighter pilot, author and lecturer.  A highlight of the presentation is exclusive video footage of the tribute P-51 “Flying Dutchman” narrated by the ace.

This presentation is appropriate for all ages, and fans of warbirds or aviation history will not want to miss this opportunity.

If you would like to arrange a presentation or reading for a club or group, please contact:  Bob Goebel Jr.

“White Four: The Messerschmitt that Helped the Allies and Inspired a Young American Fighter Pilot”

Bob Goebel Jr. describes the incredible history of this Bf-109E:

  • built in 1939 in a factory run by the Nazi SS
  • assigned to a German ace
  • brought down in 1941 during the Battle of Britain
  • sent on tour of U.S. and Canada to raise funds for the war effort
  • displayed in downtown Racine, WI., where it provided inspiration for a young Bob Goebel, a new Army Air Corps recruit and future double ace
  • after the war, suffering the indignity of a junk yard in Canada
  • recovered and restored to its former glory as an exhibit at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England


January 18, 2020

10:00 am

“Mustang Ace” Presentation in the EAA Hangar at

Compton Airport, 1017 W Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA


“Mustang Ace” Presentation in the EAA Tucson Chapter meeting at
Ryan Airfield, 9698 W Tucson – Ajo Hwy, Tucson, AZ 85735

Will meet either at the building next to Richie’s Cafe or at the EAA hangar.

No presentations are currently being scheduled
due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Veteran Assistance

We support the following programs providing assistance to veterans and first responders. Please take a look at these websites and consider a contribution to these very worthy causes.

A new version of the e-book, published by Gary Goebel, is now available. It includes
photographs from the original book, which were not included in the previous e-book.

An audio book, as well as a new edition of the paperback, are also now available from Amazon books.

Robert Goebel: Mustang Ace

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