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.


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.

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Mustang Ace: Memoirs of a P-51 Fighter Pilot by Robert J. Goebel is available in hardbound, paperback, e-book, and audio book formats from Amazon books.

Robert Goebel: Mustang Ace

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