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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN - Japan

REPORT NO. IR 3478-55

AIR INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION REPORT

AREA REPORT CONCERNS Communist China North Korea

AGENCY OF ORIGIN - 6004th Air Intel Sv Sq

DATE OF REPORT --- Oct 55

SOURCE OF INFORMATION DATE OF INFORMATION - Various Personnel Files and Intel rpts 1 Aug 55

PREPARING OFFICER - John R Curtis, 1st Lt, USAF

EVALUATION - F-2

REFERENCES (Control number, director, previous report, etc., as applicable) BAIR Part 4, 2E, 10.1; FEAF SRI 5-5-5-N

SUBJECT USAF Personnel Possibly Alive in Communist Captivity

SUMMARY (Enter concise summary of report. Give significance in final one-sentence paragraph. List inclosures at lower left. Begin text of report on AF Form (unreadable)

1. This report, prepared by the Escape and Evasion Section, 6004th AISS, is a summary of information collected on USAF personnel "missing in action" during the Korean hostilities.

2. It is emphasized that this report is not, repeat, not official in any respect but merely represents the results of screening various casualty files on "missing" USAF personnel and other intelligence reports and materials made available in the theater to this organization.

3. Of the total "missing in action" USAF personnel, this report lists 137 who may be alive in communist prison camps. The list does include "non-battle" missing personnel.

4. This organization has a continuing project concerned with the collection of new, additional or confirming information about USAF personnel "missing" in the FEAF theater of operation.

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The information contained in this document will not be disclosed to foreign for nationals or their representatives.

APPROVED

/S/

Larry O. Zunker, Capt USAF

for Frank L. Dunn

Colonel, USAF

Commander, 6002D AISG

DISTRIBUTION BY ORIGINATOR J-2 FEC, 1 cy; AA TOKYO, 1 cy; DI FEAF, 1 cy; PAF, 1 cy; 5th AF, l cy; COMNAVFE, l cy; CAG, 2 cys; G-2 AFFE, 5 cys.

WARNING: This document contains information affecting the national defense of the Untied States within the meaning of the Espionage Laws, Title 18, U.S.C., Section 793 and 794. Its transmission or the revelation of its contents in any manner to an unauthorized person in prohibited by law. It may not be reproduced in whole or in part, by other than the United States Air Force Agencies, except by permission of the Director of Intelligence, USAF.

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USAF PERSONNEL POSSIBLY ALIVE IN COMMUNIST CAPTIVITY

TABLE OF CONTENTS PARAGRAPHS

Introduction 1-3

Identification of Categories 4

USAF Personnel Possibly Alive 5

INTRODUCTION: (CONF)

1. This report contains a list of 137 "missing-in-action" USAF personnel from the Korean conflict who may possibly be alive, or may have been alive in communist captivity at one time (see para 5 below). It does not include "non-battle missing" personnel. While the report itself adds no new or additional evidence it is believed to be an accurate summary of all available information in this theater, which has been previously submitted to Washington. The list was prepared to establish a basis for further analysis and study of any additional information on detainees that may be received in the future. As previously stated, contained in this report is all pertinent affirmative information that has been available to this project.

2. The names are categorically broken down showing an evaluated disposition of each individual. These evaluations are based on screening of all casualty records available at FEAR and AFFI Headquarters, and analysis of various Intelligence reports (as indicated in the basic report) , which include interrogation of repatriated prisoners of war. The Identifications of remains returned on "Operation Glory" have been tallied from this listing up to and including the 1st of September 1955; no identification of persons named herein has been made.

3. This cannot be considered an official list as it only reflects a summary of records available in this theater, and does not take into consideration current casualty analysis by the Department of Defense, Washington, D.C., or other agencies engaged in such research.

IDENTIFICATION OF CATEGORIES: (CONF)

4. The categories shown behind name in para 5 below are identified as follows:

a. Category 1 - Air Force personnel reported as prisoner-of-war by the Chinese Communists. (No persons listed in this report bear this category since the return of the 15 Communist Chinese detained airmen.)

b. Category 2 - Personnel possibly prisoners-of-war based on information which includes names of individuals concerned, from publications, propaganda broadcasts, Little and Big Switch returnee information.

c. Category 3 - Personnel observed on the ground after bail out or crash landing, as indicated in casualty reports; or individuals associated with intelligence reports of communist captured POWs.

d. Category 4 -. Personnel observed to bail out or reported by radio intentions to bail out but were not actually observed on the ground, as indicated in casualty reports.

e. Category 5 - Possibility exists that some of these personnel may be prisoners. However, as indicated in casualty reports, the majority in this category

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may have been killed because of failure to recover individuals bailing out over sea, or lack of time for the entire crew to leave the aircraft prior to crash or explosion. (Primarily B-26 and B-29 crews where several parachutes were seen to leave the aircraft but no definite association to an individual can be made).

Note: Asterisks (*) shown at the front of reports, para 5 below, indicate that the source of the information was not available at this headquarters. The source may possibly be obtained from files at: Director of Military Personnel, Headquarters USAF, Attn: Casualty Branch, Personnel Service Division, Washington 25, D.C.

USAF PERSONNEL POSSIBLY ALIVE:

5. List of USAF personnel possibly alive in communist countries:

ADAMS, John H. -- Category #2, B-29 Missing 10 Jun 52)

lst Lt

AO 2061322

(From: Intel Sum 3565, 13 Jun 52, Hq FEC, Page 7): CHONGJI AREA (XD 7794) on 10/11 Jun 52, enemy fighter aircraft encountered 4 B-29s on their bombing run and breakaway from the target. Enemy aircraft fired air to air rockets during each pass. Two B-29s were missing. The crew members of five B-29 observed one B-29, which was hit by rockets, go down in flames over the target area. The other B-29 was not observed but did give its "Bombs away" call.

(From: BOM COM LTR 21 Jun 52, AG #23659, D/A #10280): The aircraft was. hit by what appeared to be air-to-air rockets. The aircraft exploded in the air over the target. No parachutes were observed.

(From: Army Inter Rept #010281, 23 Apr 53, "Little Switch"): Source states that John Adams was pro-Communist in that they went along with Communists Discussions and study periods. They had spoken many times against the American form of government.

ADLER, Ernest M.-ategory #4, B-26, (Missing 15 Oct .51)

2nd Lt

AO 2075084

(From: 5th AF, Cite: INR 587, D/I: #35737, AG #52273, 15 Oct 51): The last contact with the aircraft was by radio at 2138 hours, 14 Oct 51, informing NTPS Control that one engine had been hit. An explosion was observed on the ground, believed to be that of the missing aircraft. 1st Lt. William F. Brown, one of the crew of four was Returned to Military Control. He reported that all were alerted to bail out, and believes that he was the last to leave the aircraft.

AHLERS, John P.- Category #5, B-26, (Missing 9 Aug 52)

Capt

AO 713987

(Retained in active file because both of the other two men on the aircraft were Returned to Military Control.)

(From: 3rd Bom Wg, Cite: 3647 PR, AG #H2510, D/I #20739, 9 Aug 52): At 2327/I, 9 Aug 52, the missing aircraft

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contacted the ground controller inbound to target area. Its possible at the time of radio contact was: UTM grid (YB 4070). There is no report of later radio contact.

AKINS, Larry B.- Category #5, B-29 (Missing 7 Apr 51)

S/Sgt

AF 14283976

(From: 307 BW, Cite: 307 BWK 0577, 7 Apr 51): The Aircraft apparently exploded in mid-air without warning at 1040 hours, at coordinates (39051/12501E). Three or four parachuted from the aircraft. 2nd Lt. Shallenberger was apparently the only survivor, Returned to Military Control. the Officer states that he did not see any of the others who parachuted into the water.

ALLEN, Jack V. -Category #2, B-26, (Missing 1 Jul 53)

Capt.

1683A

(From: 3rd Bm Wg Light, Cite: PD 2253 G, 1 Jul 53, AG #0237, D/I 13449): "The Incident was caused by an engine on fire. Reason for the engine being on fire is unknown at this time. Three crew members bailed out and have been Returned to Military Control.. The search is being continued for Capt ALLEN. Coordinates unknown.

(From: TWX RDAG 9-26 and RDAG 9-021, Sep 53): Listed in the NIELSEN-HENDERSON list of USAF personnel known to be in Kaesong awaiting repatriation Other three crew members have been Returned to Military Control.

ANDERSON, Robert E. Category #2 F-84 (Missing 21 May52)

lst Lt

AO 1911386

(From: 5th AF, Cite: INC 591, 21 May 52, D/I 13747, AG #21171: The flight was flying at 50 to 75 ft altitude when the flight leader observed an explosion at (XD 702902), and believes Lt. Anderson flew into small hill. The plane disintegrated upon impact.

(From: AFPMP-12-E-3 704, 15 May 53): Information received from USAF repatriate indicates that Lt. Anderson is a PW.

ANDREWS: Robert B. -Category #2, B-26, (Missing 15 Oct 51)

Capt

AO 813127

(From: 5th AF, Cite: INR 587, 15 Oct 51, D/I 35737, AG #52273): The last contact with the aircraft was by radio at 2138 hours, 14 Oct. 51, informing NTPS control that an engine had been hit. An explosion was observed on the ground, believed to be that of missing aircraft. 1st Lt. William F. Brown, one of the crew of four, was Returned to Military Control. He reported that all were alerted to bail our and believed he was last to lave aircraft.

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ARMS, John W. -Category #5, T-6 (Missing 5 June 53)

2nd Lt

AO 2225726

(From 6147th Tac Cont GP, Cite: TCPL 2814, 5 June 53, AGBO:, 23834, D/I 114525): On a tactical recon mission, the aircraft was reported to have crash-landed. Ground observers reported one man captured and one man trying to evade but identification could not be establish.

ASHLEY, Gilbert L. Jr. Category #2, B-29A, (Missing 29 Jan 53)

lst Lt

AO 666215

(From: D/1- Memo to G-2 AFFE, 17 Feb 53, Subj: Enemy Air Activity): Between 15225/1 and 2259/I, two B-29s at 19,000 and 21,260 ft altitude observed what appeared to be a signal at (YC 4010), consisting of three lights placed in a row at an undetermined distance from each other. There was no distinguishable code, but these lights flashing did appear to the crew as if a signal was intended. At 152300/I, another B-29 at 22,700 ft observed what appeared to be dots and dashes flashing at (YB 2393). These appeared to be the same lights as reported by the other two B-29s.

(From.- Hq 5th AF Office of D/I, 7 Aug 53, Subj: Attempted Rescue of Downed Airmen) : A rescue was attempted on 24 May 53, using the snatch pick-up procedure. (Green Dragon Rescue Operation). Voice radio (URC-4) was used with lst Lt Ashley directing the pilot to the ground station. (The pilot reported that the voice was definitely that of the American who had previously been identified as Lt Ashley). Upon approaching the pick-up site, the aircraft was fired upon by machine guns, from the pick-up area as well as from the mountain sides, surrounding the area, sustaining damage from small arms fire. Ashley and four crew members, (Turner, Olsen, Shaddick, and Ishida) were known to be alive in Communist hands as of the close of the Korean conflict, Jul 53.

AUSTIN, Arthur M. -- Category #4, B-26, (Missing 27 Apr 51)

Capt

AO 1289023

(From: 5th AF, Cite: INS 452, 28 Apr 51): The aircraft Departed Iwakuni AB at 1804 hours, on a combat mission over Korea and did not return. The last radio contact was at 1920 hours 26 Apr 51, inbound to the target area.

(From: 500 MISG File No. #010306, 1953): AUSTIN "MAX" appears as a detained PW, possibly in PW Camp #3, on list of detained PsW.


AVERY, Charles T. Category #5, B-9, (Missing 7 Apr 51)

T/Sgt

AF 39278136

From: 307 BW, Cite: 307 BWK 0577, 7 Apr 51): The aircraft apparently exploded in mid-air without warning at 1040 hours, at coordinates (3905N/12501E). Three or four parachuted from the aircraft. 2nd Lt Shallenberger was apparently the only survivor, Returned to Military Control. The officer states that he did not, see any of the others who parachuted into the water.

BEARDALL, Harold M. Category #2, B-26, (Missing 21 May 51)

Capt

AO 779375

(From: 6004th CR-T-1-J, 8 Aug 53, Subj: Personnel not Released): He has not been seen since Oct. 51.

(From: 6004th, AISS, CR-T-2-T, 10 Aug 53, Subj: Personnel not Released): He was last seen :in Nov 51. He was held separately from other Air Force 'PsW and remained at the interrogation point after other PsW were moved to Cp #2.

(From: 6064th AISS, CRI-108G, Subj: Personnel not Released): "His name was given to Source to memorize and turn after prisoner exchange. this name came from Hospital Records (Chinese) of officers being interrogated. Names were observed on walls, in the Village at Camp #2. Hospital information might be inaccurate but names of this type we feel are alive."

(From: 6004th AISS, CRI-127B, Subj: Personnel not Released): Source "No, I haven't been able to hear of him, haven't seen him since 23 Sep. 51. He was tried as a war criminal. Physical description: 5'7", 150 lbs, dark complexion, black hair, dark eyes."

(From: 6004th AISS, CIR-160E, Subj: Personnel not Released): The source states that Capt Beardall was last seen by Lt. Knego Capt Hearns (USAF) west of Pyongyang and having a rough got with Korean interrogators. (Date of report, Sep 53; Date of observation, not given).

(From: TWX RDAG 9-26 and RDAG 9-021 Sep 53): Named on the Neilsen-Henderson list of persons observed alive.

BELL, Donald E. Category 2, B-26, (Missing 26 Jan 52)

1st Lt

AO 814007

(From: 3d -Bomb Wg, Cite: 93 BG, 25 Jan 52, D/I 02694, AG #03822): F-3 aircraft departed K-8 on a briefed mission to green 8. The aircraft Contacted Dentist inbound to the target at 2350. The last contact was with lighting bug X-ray at 0105, in the area are immediately south of Pyongyang.

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(*): Friendly aircraft heard Lt. Armel (crew member) call by radio at 0105 hours on 26 Jan that the aircraft was then at coordinates (YD 4115). He stated that he was going to attack some lights that had been sighted.

(From: 6004th AISS, Cite: Det #2, 38-3-53, 4 Mar 53, F-3): On 31 Jan 52, 2330 hours, a two-engined aircraft crashed at (XC 809358), near Changyon, North Korea. It was believed that this aircraft was American. The aircraft completely destroyed. The pilot and crew, consisting of three three men, were killed instantly; all that remained was three pistols, one wrist watch, and pieces of army boots. These along with fragments of the aircraft were taken to the Changyon Police Station. The cause of the crash was believed to be engine trouble.

(From: 6004th AISS, CRT-10-EE, Sep 53, Subj: Personnel not Released): He was awaiting repatriation at Keasong at the time source was released.

BELL, William J. Category #2, B-26, (Missing 7 Oct 52)

2nd Lt

22108A

(From 452 Bom Wg, Cite: PRM 128-K, 7 Oct 52, AG #44065, D/I #25128): The missing aircraft was flying as lead bomber of a formation on a light bombing mission. The aircraft was was last seen at (CT 0570) when it struck the ground and was completely enveloped in flames. No signs of life were observed, friendly or enemy. No parachutes were observed at anytime prior to the crash. The aircraft was apparently damaged by flack.

(From: TWX RDAG 9-26 and RDAG 9-021, Sep 53): He was listed as awaiting repatriation in Kaesong (Sep 53), on the Neilsen-Henderson list.

BIGHAM, Donald G. Category #4, B- 29, (Missing 9 Nov 51)

Capt

AO 767469

(From: 98th Bomb Wg, 9 Nov 51, Cite: PDG 7303, D/I 38469, AG #56325): The aircraft sustained flak damage while on a combat leaflet mission over Korea. The entire crew bailed out with Capt Bigham bailing out tenth over Paengnyong-Do at coordinates (XC 6005). Eleven crew members were rescued. Capt Bigham was still missing.

BIRD, Robert J. Category #5, B-29, (Missing 19 Nov 52)

Capt

AO 793217

(*): The aircraft was on a combat bombing mission on Sonchon supply dump, North Korea. As the 3rd flare was dropped, 20 search lights were locked on the B-29. Approximately two minutes later, four bursts of fire were received and hits made on No. 2 and No. 3 engines, which had to be feathered out,: and on the wing between the fuselage. and No. 3 engine causing fire to start. Four parachutes were sighted at different locations inland from Cho-do- Island. A flight of F-51s discovered a parachute hanging in a tree in the vicinity of coordinates (SC 7273) about 100 ft. in-

 

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land. Two of the crew members were rescued and the remains of two other crew members were recovered from the sea.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Downed Aircraft Report No. 92): The. aircraft t was placed under attack by enemy night fighters at Sonchon (XE 6307). An emergency call was sent. out at 0100 stating that the aircraft had lost two engines The aircraft commander bailed out and landed on the island of Cho-do (XC5563), and he stated that he was the last one to leave the aircraft. Parachutes were observed on the ground at (XC 7173), (XC 675506), (XC 665485 and (XC 645660). A white parachute was observed approximately 75 yards from the shoreline at (XC 7172). It appeared to be attached to a ten-man life raft.

BOLT, Donald D. Category #3, F-51, (Missing 2 Oct 50)

1st Lt

AO 873772

(From: Hq USAF AFPMP-12-E-3, NR: AFPMP-12-B-3. Case :#44, 3 Jul 51): Location: 39/08 N - 125/38 E. The aircraft made a forced landing in a rice paddy, approximately eight miles north of Pyongyang, Korea. The pilot was seen to survive the landing. He remained near the aircraft until darkness waiting for a helicopter which apparently never arrived.

BRENNAN, John C. Category #2, B-26, (Missing 14 Nov 52)

A/3C

AF 11227081

(*): The aircraft was on a night interdiction mission over North Korea. The last radio contact was at 0015 hours when the aircraft was given directions for a Tadpole mission. Radar and VHF contact was normal until 0032 hours when the aircraft faded from the scope at coordinates (BT6563). Fire was reported on the ground at (BT 6563) but it could not be identified as one caused by a downed aircraft.

(From: 6004th AISS, RPW Rpt No. 4554, Part I Phase III): The pilot of the B-26 was Returned to Military Control and stated that he felt his crew was still alive because in some instances he saw evidence of pieces of E & E equipment characteristic of his own crew. Source's interrogator had knowledge of mission performed and other operations that could only be gained through interrogation of other crew members.

(From: TWX RDAG 9-26 and TWX 9-021, Sept 53): He was listed as awaiting repatriation in Kaesong (Sep 53), on the Neilsen-Henderson list.

BUCKNER, John L. Category #5 B-29, (Missing 7 Apr 51)

1st Lt

AO 831352

(From: 307 BW, Cite: 307 BWK 0577, 7 Apr 51): The aircraft apparently exploded in mid-air without warning at 1040 hours, at coordinates (3905N/12502E). Three or four parachuted from the aircraft. 2nd Lt. Shallenberger was apparently the only survivor, Returned to

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Military Control. The officer states that he did not see any of the others who parachuted into the water.

BURRELL, Jackson A Category #5, B-26 (Missing 6 Jun 52)

Capt

AO 2081396

(From: 5th Air Force, Cite: INC 673, Ag #23961, D/I #15247, 7 Jun. 52): At the last contact, the aircraft was on fire at coordinates (XD 6050). The crew was believed to have bailed out.

BURTON, Woodrow Category #3, F-51 (Missing 2 Oct 50)

Capt

AO 210608

(From: FEAF Combat Operation Center, Tel Rpt): The aircraft was hit by enemy fire over Tongyong-ni. The pilot bailed out and landed safely approximately 1 1/2 miles NE of Pyongayang, Korea, (3904N/12556E). The wing man circled the area for approximately ten minutes. Six North Korean Army men dressed in white were seen to surround the pilot. The pilot waved to the wingman, indicating he was alright. Nor resistance by the pilot to the Koreans and not hostile acts on the part of the Koreans was observed. It was believed that the officer was taken prisoner.

BUSHROE, Sterling J. Category #4 F-80C (Missing 11 Sep 51)

1st Lt

AO 1911963

(From: 8th Ftr-Bmr Wg, FBW 1 1935D 11 Sep 51): As the flight was pulling off the target, they were attacked by a flight of four MIGs. Lt. Bushroe's aircraft was hit on the first pass and he was observed by the number three man to bail out. The flight was unable to locate him after he landed. The approximate coordinates are (3907N/12553E).

(From: Det #2, 6004th AISS 306-7-52, 17 Jul 52, F-3): The source observed one UN pilot in a dive at (YD 240003). This pilot crashed near (YD 385220) during the early part of Sep 51 and lived in this cave of 23 days, with two friendly North Korean civilians. The pilot said that he could not stand the air in the cave any longer and that he was going to leave. he left the cave and was captured by CCF personnel. The pilot was taken to an unknown location in Pyongyang.

CAVE, JAMES A. Category #5, B-26 (Missing 6 Jun 52)

A/2C

AF 13411410

(From: 5th Air Force, Cite: INC 673, AG #23961, D/I #15247, 7 Jun 52): At the last contact, the aircraft was on fire coordinates (XD 6050). The crew was believed to have bailed out.

CHERRY, Clarence M. Category #3 B-29 (Missing 9 Sep 50)

S/Sgt

AF 19203103

(*): The aircraft was damaged by enemy flak and crashed approximately 23 miles north of Pyongyang. Five parachutes were reported to have left the aircraft and landed on the ground at approximate coordinates (3926N/12544B).

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A report reveals that in Nov 50, the wreckage of the B-29 was located in the same general area where it had previously been reported last. Interrogation of local residents and careful investigation by GRS resulted in the recovery of what was believed to be the remains of five crew members of the aircraft. Of this number three of the bodies were found by the site of the crash and another near Pyongyang. No positive identification could be made and a group burial was made. Burial site: Pyongyang cemetery, Plot 1, Row 7, Grave 15.

(From: ATIS Rpt KT 1761, Date Unk 1950): Information from a North Korean army POW stated that he witnessed the cash and that some POWs were taken. Later information from natives was as follows: "Two crew members were taken to a civilian hospital One was dead on arrival, the other was taken from the hospital by North Korean forces. He used the name Jerry or Cherry."

CLOVER, Melvin E. Category #4, F-84, (Missing 14 Oct 52)

lst Lt

AO 1858509

(*): Lt. Clover was on an interdiction mission at coordinates (CU 322673). Upon pulling off target, his aircraft had a flameout. Attempted air starts were unsatisfactory and the pilot elected to eject himself from the aircraft. The canopy of his aircraft was seen to come off and his last radio transmission was, "Well, here I go, this is a fine birthday present." He was not definitely seen to eject before the aircraft crashed, wings level, at a 20 degree angle at (CU 480620).

COGSWELL, Robert W. Category #5, B-29, (Missing 23 Oct. 51)

Capt

11889A

(Retained in active file because five members of the crew were Returned to Military Control on Big Switch. Two members of the crew were Killed in Action.)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite; 307 BWK 2943 and 2931, AG #53591 and 53756, D/I #36728 and .36850, 25 Oct .51): The aircraft was flying in formation after bombs away at (3955N/12412E) at approximately 0500 hours, 23 Oct 51, when fire developed in the left wing at No. 2 engine as a result of damages inflicted by enemy fighter gunfire. The aircraft was last seen approximately five minutes later descending and still burning, headed southwest toward the yellow Sea, apparently under control.

COLLINS, Joseph S. Category #5, B-26, (Missing 2 Sep 51)

Capt

AO 8071524

(From: 3rd Bm Wg, Cite: 1340 3 BG, 2 Sep 51): The last known contact was when the pilot gave a position report going into the target area. At 0248 hours, Skillful 14 reported a spiral descending ball of fire that exploded and burned on contact with the ground. At the same time the pilot observed one descending parachute.

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Croft, George Jr. Category #3, F-84E, (Missing 14 Apr 52)

1st Lt.

AO 2080513

(From: 136 Ftr-Bmr Wg, Cite: FWB 91K, 14 Apr 52): The target was a railroad bridge at (YC 4026). No one in the flight actually saw the pilot crash, but an explosion was observed at (YC 401270). A parachute was observed extended on the ground approximately 50 yards ahead of the aircraft. The aircraft was completely destroyed.

CROSLEY, Robert M. Category #4, F80, (Missing 5 Feb 53)

1st Lt

AO 2223682

(From: 8th Ftr Wg, Cite: FBWD 354 B, AG #B 1265, D/I 02612, 5 Feb 53): Lt Crosley was on a single aircraft mission. Upon pulling off the target, he established radio contact with ground control and requested a steer and stated that he had been hit. At approximately 0539 hours, he stated that he had sighted a friendly island and was going to lose some altitude prior to bailing out. Approximately one minute later he was heard to say, "I am leaving now."

CRUTCHFIELD, James F. Category #3, F-80 (Missing 23 Jul 52)

Major

AO 736133

(From: 5th AF, Cite: INC 909, AG #31686, D/I #19331, 24 Jul 52): The pilot of the aircraft bailed out and was observed to strike the ground apparently uninjured at (3905N/12729E). The pilot was observed rolling up his parachute and walking from the area.

(AIIR Det #2, 6004th AISS Report No. 316-8-52): At 1400 hours 26 Jul 52, UN Jet aircraft attacked an enemy gun position consisting of four AA guns as (CU 675209). One of the aircraft was hit by gunfire and crashed at (CU 689280). The pilot bailed out and struck the ground at (CU 671200) and was found dead. A radio was found on his person and confiscated. It was believed that the pilot took poison.

(From: FRU/FEC 8809, 14 Nov 52, C-3, J-1251, (CU 692260), Death of a United States Pilot): On 23 Jul 52, a US aircraft shot down by the Independent Anti-Aircraft Battalion, 3rd Div, crashed at (CU 692260), north of Suryo-ri (6925). The pilot parachuted to the ground near the plane and was captured by North Korean Troops from the 19th Anti-Aircraft Regiment. The pilot was taken to the Headquarters of the REgiment and turned over to an officer and three privates from the Independent Anti-Aircraft Battalion to be taken to Battalion Hq. On the way the pilot died. he was buried at (CU 677221), southwest of Suryo-ri.

DAVIS, Ramon R. Category #3, F-51, (Missing 5 Oct 50)

lst Lt

AO 767144

(From: Hq USAF AFPMP-12E-3, Case #49, 6 Oct 50): The aircraft was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire while on a

 

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reconnaissance mission, at approximately (3910N/12558E). The pilot headed south until his engine failed, and then bellied in along the Taedone River. The pilot got out of the aircraft and started walking east, toward some hills.

DeGOLYER, David E. Category #5 B-29, (Missing 7 Apr 51)

Sgt

AF 142741l2

(From: 307 BW, Cite: 307 BWK 0577, dtd 7 Apr 51): .The aircraft apparently exploded in mid-air without warning at 1040 hours, at coordinates (3905N/12501E). three or four parachuted from the aircraft, 2nd Lt. Shallenberger was apparently the only survivor, Returned to Military Control. The officer states that he did not see any of the others who parachuted into the water.

DENN, Willard M.Category #5, B-29, (Missing 28 Feb 52)

A/2C

AF 16329167

(*): The aircraft experienced mechanical difficulty over North Korea. Seven crew members were Returned to Military Control, one was killed by enemy fire while attempting to return to friendly lines, and the fate of the other four is still undetermined. (Of the four "undetermined", referenced above, one was Returned to Military control, one is dead, the remaining two are listed in this report. A/2C Denn and 1st Lt. Nelson.)

DIFFER, Patrick M. Category #3 B-29, (Missing 30 Dec 52)

M/Sgt

AF 13021311

(Retained in active file because five member of the crew have been returned to Military Control. One member of the crew was KIA.)

(From: 28th Bomb Sq. 19th Bomb Gp. Cite: 19th BG 4438, 28th Bomb Sq. AG #L 8264, D/I #31049, 30 Dec 52): The aircraft took off at 1627 hours from Kadena Air Base for a combat mission over North Korea. The aircrafts were attacked by enemy aircraft and crashed approximately ten miles northeast of Pyongyang, (YD 4537). the number of survivors, if any was unknown.

(From: FEAF Bom Com, Cite: BC 5116, AG #00879, D/I #00415, 6 Jan 53): The subject aircraft was observed under attack just prior to bombs away. Information gathered from radio contact, indicates that the aircraft sustained major damage after turn off target at 2130/I. One engine was out and the No. 4 engine was on fire. At approximately 2142/I, several crew members were seen to bail out, (the exact number was unknown), as reported by an escorting F-3D. the aircraft crashed and burned.


DOUGHERTY, Joseph S. Category #2 B29, (Missing 23 Oct 51)

S/Sgt

AF 13041845

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWK 2930, AG #53752, D/I #36729, 24 Oct 51): The aircraft was leading a formation of three aircraft at the coordinates (3953N/125). At approximately 0040Z the aircraft was damaged enemy fighter fire. Several parachutes were observed to open prior to its exploding in midair.

(From: TWX RDAG 926 and RDAG 9021, Sep 53): Listed in the Nielsen-Henderson list of USAF personnel known to be in Kaesong awaiting repatriation.

DUER, Victor L. Category #4, F80, (Missing 30 Apr 52)

Capt

AO 753626

(*): On his was to the home base, Capt Duer radioed that his cockpit was on fire and that he was bailing out. No member of his flight observed a parachute. Wreckage of the aircraft has been located at (3735N/126153). No sign of the pilot, parachute or emergency equipment were found in the cockpit of the plane.

DUNCAN, James H Category #5, B29 (Missing 9 Sep 50)

S/sgt

AF 14011683

(*): The aircraft was damaged by enemy flack and crashed approximately 23 miles north of Pyongyang. Five parachutes were reported to have left the aircraft and landed on the ground at approximate coordinates (3926N/12544E). A report reveals that in Nov 50, the wreckage of the B29 was located in the same general area where it had previously been reported last. Interrogation of local residents and careful investigation by GRS resulted in the recovery of what was believed to be the remains of five crew members of the aircraft. Of this number, three of the bodies were found by the cite of the crash and another near Pyongyang. No positive identification could be made and a group burial was made. Burial cite: Pyongyang cemetery, Plot 1, Row 7, Grave 15.

EICHEIBERGER, George B.Category #2, F51 (Missing 15 Jan 52)

1st Lt

20178A

(From: AFPMP12E3, 704 Missing, 15 May 53): Information from a repatriate indicated that Lt. Eicheiberger was a POW.

EVANS, Emmett O. Category #5, B29, (Missing 8 Nov 52)

lst Lt

AO 2060489

(Retained in active file because three member of the twelve man crew have been Returned to Military Control.)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWKOOA, 5389, AG #49274, D/I #27270, 8 Nov 52): The aircraft departed Kadena AB Okinawa, at 2152 hours, 7 Nov 52, on a mission to bomb a target described as a Military Staff School at Nong Pung Ni. The last transmitted position report was at 0040/I, 8 Nov 52, at (3403N/12505E). No sightings have been made.

 

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FERREE, Nolan H. Category #5 F84 (Missing 13 Feb 52)

1st Lt

AO 2222141

(From: 5th AF, Cite: INC 178, AG #06691, D/I #04771, 14 Feb 52): Lt: was flying A2 position. in: a four ship flight of F84 aircraft to attack rails. They were reforming for return when A2 reported that he had fuel shortage. The pilot proceeded south escorted by A3. A2 soon lost sight of A3. Lt. FERREE called out that his RPM was dropping and then reported that his engine quit. A2 reported that he was at 7,000 ft and would abandon his aircraft, at 5,000 ft. This was the last radio contact. A1 arrived in the area and observed the aircraft wreckage from (BT 924444) to (BT920444). No sign of the pilot or parachute was observed. It is believed that the pilot bailed out since his seat was separated from the rest of the aircraft.

FLEMING, James W. Jr. Category #5, B29 (Missing 8 Nov 52)

lst Lt

AO 780156

(Retained in active file because three members of the twelve man crew had been Returned to Military Control.)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWKOOA 5389, AG #49274, D/I # 27270, 8 Nov 52). The aircraft departed Kadena AB, Okinawa, at 2152 hours, 7 Nov 52, on a mission to bomb a target described as a Military Staff School at Nong Pung Ni. The last transmitted position report was at 0040/I, 8 Nov 52, at (3403N/12505E.). No sightings have been made.

FOSTER, Robert R,Category #5, B29, (Missing 30 Dec 52)

1st Lt

AO 550110

(Retained in active file because five members of the crew have been returned to Military Control. One crew member was Killed in Action.)

(From: 28th Bomb Sq, 19th Bomb Gp, Cites: 19th BG 4438, 28th Bm Sq, AG #L 8264, D/I #31049, 30 Dec 52): The aircraft took off at 1627 hours from Kadena Air Base for a combat mission over North Korea. The aircraft was attacked by enemy aircraft and crashed approximately ten miles northeast of Pyongyang, (YD 4537). The number of survivors, if any, is unknown.

(From: FEAF Bom Com, Cite: BC 5116, AG #00879, D/I #00415, 6 Jan 53): The subject aircraft was observed under fighter attack just prior to bombs away. Information gathered from radio contact, indicates that the aircraft sustained major damage after turn off target at 2130/I. One engine was out and the No. 4 engine was on fire. At approximately 2242/I, several crew members were seen to bail out, (the exact number is unknown), as reported by an escorting F3D. The aircraft crashed and burned.

 

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FUEHER, Alois A. Category #4, B29 (Missing 23 oct 51)

A/1C

AF 13223572

(Retained in active file because five members of the crew were Returned to Military Control on Big Switch. Two members of the crew were Killed in Action.)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWK 2943 and 2931, AG #53591 and 5375, D/I #36728 and 36850, 25 Oct 51): The aircraft was flying in formation after bombs away at (395514/12421E) at approximately 0050 hours 23 Oct 51, when fire developed in the left wing at No. 2 engine as a result of damage inflicted by enemy fighter gunfire. The aircraft was last seen approximately five minutes later descending and still burning, headed southwest toward the Yellow Sea, apparently under control.

GAHAN, John W. Category #2 Ground Casualty (Missing 30 Nov 50)

A/1C

AF 15380313

(From: 502nd Tac Con Gp, NR: CK 502 602, dtd 2 Dec 50): The airman was last seen leaving KUNURI on foot. He has not been reported seen since.

(From: TXE DE JEP Hq 1450C): He was reported to be a POW by Communist propaganda (China Monthly Review, May 51).

GARRISON, Fred H. Category #5 B29, (Missing 8 Nov 5)

Capt.

AO 791811

(Retained in active file because three members of this twelve man crew have been Returned to Military Control.)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWKOOA 5389, AG #49274, D/I #27270, 9 Nov 52): The aircraft departed Kadena AB, Okinawa, at 2152 hours, 7 Nov 52, on a mission to bomb a target described as a Military Staff School at Nong Pung Ni. The last transmitted position report was at 0040/I, 8 Nov 52, at (3403N/12505E). No sightings have been made.

GIBB, Robert D. Category #3 (Missing 16 Dec 51)

Capt

130534A

(*) The aircraft was on an interdiction mission in the area of Yang Dok, Korea. When the flight reformed after its second run over the target, at coordinates (CT 1255), Capt GIBB did not join up. Interrogation of a captured North Korean soldier indicated that on 27 Dec 51, three American pilots were captured. This report was associated with Capt. GIBB.

GONTESKI, John S. Category #5 B29 (Missing 7 Apr 51)

A/2C

AF 13316146

(From: 307 BW Cite: 307 BWK 0577, dtd 7 Apr 51): The aircraft apparently exploded in midair without warning at 1040 hours, at coordinates (3905N/12503Z). Three or four parachuted from the aircraft. 2nd Lt Shallenberger was apparently the only survivor, Returned to Military Control. The officer states that he did not see any of the others who parachuted into the water.

 

 

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GROSS, Robert F. Category #2, C47, (Missing 30 Apr 51)

T/Sgt

AF 14226221

(From: 374th TCW, NR: Per 3/5569 A, dtd 1 May 51): The aircraft took off at 0937 hours for an area of North of Wonsan, Korea on a bomb line extending to the East Coast. It was presumably lost on the SeoulWonsan Highway.

(*): The aircraft departed K37 at 0937 hours, 30 Apr 51, on a tactical mission which directed that leaflets be dropped on targets of opportunity in a broad area behind enemy lines. At approximately 1300 hours, the Navy reported having received a frantic May Day message from an unidentified aircraft; however they were unable to plot its position. The Navy estimated that an air craft was somewhere in an area approximately 50 miles south of Wonsan, which was presumed to be the C47.

(From: TWX RDAG 926 and RDAG, 92l, Sep 53): Listed in the Nielsen-Henderson list of USAF personnel known to be in Kaesong awaiting repatriation.)

GUTHRIE, Edward S. Category #2, B26, (Missing 14 Nov 52)

lst Lt

22193A

(*): The aircraft was on a night interdiction mission over North Korea. The last radio contact was at 0015 hours when the aircraft was given directions for a Tadpole mission. Radar and VHF contact was normal until 0032 hours when the aircraft faded from the the scope at coordinates (BT 6563). Fire was reported on the ground at (BT 6563) but it could not be identified as one caused by a downed aircraft.

(From: 6004th AISS, RFW Rpt No. 4554, Part 1, Phase III 12 Sep 53): The pilot of the B26 was Returned to Military Control and stated that he felt his crew still alive because in some instances he saw evidence of pieces of E&E equipment characteristic of his own crew. Sources interrogator had knowledge of missions performed and other operations that could only be gained through interrogation of other crew members. The interrogators apparently had captured Guthrie, inasmuch as this man was an Annapolis Graduate and many of the questions put to Source were about the Naval Academy.

(From: TWX RDAG 926 and RDAG 9021, Sep 53): He was listed as awaiting repatriation in Kaesong (Sep 53), on the Neilsen-Henderson list.

HAMBLIN, Robert W. Category #2, B29, (Missing 23 Oct 51)

T/Sgt

AF 12127986

(From: 307 Bn Wg, Cite: 307 BWK 2930, AG #53572, D/I #36729, 24 Oct 51): The aircraft was leading a formation of three aircraft at the coordinates (3953N/12534E). At approximately 0040/Z, the aircraft was damaged by enemy fighter gunfire. Several parachutes were observed to open prior to its exploding in midair.

 

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(From: TWX RDAG 926 and RDG 9021, Sep 53): Listed in the NEILSEN-HENDERSON list of USAF personnel known to be in Kaesong awaiting repatriation.

HAMMON, Keith E. Category #5, B29 (Missing 8 Nov 52)

T/Sgt

AF 15230651

(Retained in active file because three of the twelve man crew have been Returned To Military Control.)

(From: 307 Bm. Wg, Cite: 307 BWKOOA 5389, AG #49274, D/I #27270 8 Nov 52): The aircraft departed Kadena AB Okinawa at 2152 hours, 7 Nov 52 to bomb a target described as a Military Staff School at Nong Pung Ni. The last transmitted position report was at 0040/I, 8 Nov 52, at (3403N/12505E). No sightings have been made.

HARRELL, Guy B. Jr. Category #4, B26, (Missing 25 Nov. 51)

Capt.

AO 391377

(*): The last contact with the aircraft was a transmission outbound from the target area at 0507 hours. An order to bail out was was heard at 0515 hours from an aircraft at approximately 12,000 ft. in the vicinity of (CT 4000) to (CT4080), believed to be the missing aircraft. Crew members were seen bailing out behind enemy lines at approximate coordinates (CT3842) by an ROK officer, who believed that they bailed out of a B26.

HASKETT, William T.Jr. Category #2, F51 (Missing 14 Apr 51)

Capt

AO 790664

(From: 18th FTR, Bm Gp, NR: 18th Ftr Bm Gp 4C42, dtd 15 Apr 51): The aircraft was hit in the coolant. The pilot bailed out at (BT 5775). He picked up his parachute and ran into the woods and fired one flare. He was not seen again. The area was covered by fighters until dark. The helicopter arrived but HASKETT was not there

HAWKINS, Luther R. Jr. Category #2, B26 (Missing 24 May 52)

Capt

AO 812589

(Retained in active file because three members of the five man crew have been Returned To Military Control. One member of the crew was Killed in Action.)

(From: 3rd Bm, Wg, Cite: 4573 BG AG#21588, D/I #13971, 23 May 52): The aircraft departed K8 on a briefed mission to PURPLE 4 West. The last contact was made with DENTIST at 2035 inbound to the target area. A check of Japan and Korean Air Fields has been made with negative results.

(From: MISC CAS Rpt, Lt. Earp Jones, 2 Sq SAAF, Repat., dtd Sep 53): He was held in camp #2 complex as of May 53.

(From: TWX RDAG 926 and RDAG 9021; Sep 53): Listed in the NEILSEN-HENDERSON list of USAF personnel known to be

 

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in Kaesong awaiting repatriation.

HEER, David T. Category #5, B29, (Missing 30 Dec 52)

2nd Lt

AO 2223002

(Retained in active file because five members of the crew have been Returned To Military Control. One member of crew was Killed In Action.)

(From: 28th Bomb Sq, Cite: 19th BG 4438, 28th Bm Sq, AG #L 8264, D/I #31049 30 Dec 52): .The aircraft took off at 1627 hours from Kadena Air Base for a combat mission over North Korea. The aircraft was attacked by enemy aircraft and crashed approximately ten miles Northeast of Pyongyang, (YD 4537). The number of survivors, if any, was unknown.

(From: FEAF Bom Com, Cite: BC 5116, AG #00879, D/I #00415, 6 Jan 53): The subject aircraft was observed under fighter attack just prior to bombs away. Information gathered from radio contact, indicates that the aircraft sustained major damage after turn off target at 2130/I. One engine was out and the No. 4 engine was on fire. At approximately 2142/I, several crew members were seen to bail out, (the exact number was unknown), as reported by an escorting F3D. The aircraft crashed and burned.

HENRY, Dewey R. Category #2, B29, (Missing 29 Jan 53)

lst Lt

AO 927982

(Retained in active file because three members of the fourteen man crew were Returned to Military Control. One member of the crew was Killed In Action. Five other members of the crew were known to be alive in Communist hands at the close of the Korean conflict Jul 53; Green Dragon Rescue Operation.)

(From: 28th Bm Sq, 19th Bm Gp, Cite 19th Bm Gp 5059, 28th Bm Sq, AG #A 7502, D/I #02106 dtd 30 Jan 53): The aircraft took off at 2000/I from Kadena AB for a combat mission over North Korea. The aircraft was observed under attack by enemy fighters, firing rockets. A May Day call was given at 0026/E and. the aircraft was seen to explode in midair at 0029/I. Four parachutes were seen open by the light of the explosion, approximately 18 miles east of Sariwon. The number of survivors, if any was unknown.

(From: SAC Survival Trends, Issue #9, Jun 53, a repatriated crewman): I told him about my crew members in the hope that he might know something about them. He didnt, and the only member of my crew I ever heard anything about after that was Lt HENRY, the navigator. One of the fellows I was repatriated with told me about meeting Lt HENRY and that he was doing fine

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HOULT, Arthur W. Category #5 B29 (Missing 9 Sep 50)

S/Sgt

AF 6953553

(*): The aircraft was damaged by enemy flak and crashed approximately 23 miles north of Pyongyang. Five parachutes were reported to have left the aircraft and landed on the ground at approximate coordinates (3926N/12544E). A report reveals that in Nov 50, the wreckage of the B29 was located in the same general area where it had previously been reported last. Interrogation of local residents and careful investigation by GRS resulted in the recovery of what was believed to be the remains of five crew members of the aircraft. Of this number three of the bodies were found at the site of the crash and another new Pyongyang. No positive identification could be made and a group burial was made. Burial site: Pyongyang cemetery, Plot 1, Row 7, Grave 15.

HOWARD, Melvin J. Category #5, B29, (Missing 7 Apr 53)

Capt

AO 729010

(From: 307 BW, Cite: 307 BWK 0577 dtd 7 Apr 51): The aircraft apparently exploded in midair without warning at 1040 hours, at coordinates (3905N/2501E). Three or four parachuted from the aircraft. 2nd Lt Shallenberger was apparently the only survivor, Returned To Military Control. The officer states that he did not see any of the others who parachuted into the water.

HOWELL, Howard D. Category #3, T6 (Missing 12 Jul 51)

Capt

15402A

(From: 6147th Tac Con Gp, NR: TCPL 381, 12 Jul 51): The aircraft failed to return from a tactical recon mission. The aircraft was last reported by Chester control at 1030 hours on reconnaissance at (DT 2355). The aircraft was scheduled to land at 1200 hours.

(From: 5th AF, Cite: INS 224, 2 Jul 51): The aircraft wreckage was found at (3819N/12809E). A search revealed the burned aircraft, but there were not parachutes or bodies. The disposition of the crew was unknown.

(From: ATIS Rpt #KT 1136, 10 Aug 51): On or about 11 Jul 51, Source heard from other soldiers that two US pilots who had bailed out of a damaged .aircraft had been captured 2 km north of Kachilbong, (DT 2141).

HYATT, Don Category #5, B29, (Missing 9 Sep 50)

Capt

AO 694199

(*): The aircraft was damaged by enemy flak and crashed approximately 23 miles north of PYONGYANG. Five parachutes were reported to have left the aircraft and landed on the ground at approximate coordinates (3926N/12544E) A report reveals that in Nov 50, the

 

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wreckage of the B29 was located in the same general area where it had previously been reported last. Interrogation of local residents and careful investigation by GRS resulted in the recovery of what is believed to be the remains of five crew members of the aircraft. Of this number three of the bodies were found by the site of the crash and another near Pyongyang. No positive identification could be made and a group burial was made. Burial site: Pyongyang cemetery, Plot 1, Row 7, Grave 15.

ISHIDA, Hidemaro Category #2, B29A, (Missing 29 Jan 53)

A/2C

AF 19415365

(From: D/I Memo to G2 AFFE, 17 Feb 53, Subj: Enemy Air Activity): Between 1525/I and 2259/I, two B29s at 19,000 and 21,260 ft altitude observed what appeared to be a signal at (YC 4010), consisting of three lights placed in a row at an undetermined distance from each other. There was no distinguishable code, but these lights appear to the crew as if a signal was intended. At 152300/I, another B29 at 22,700 ft observed what appeared to be dots and dashes flashing at (YB 2393). These appeared to be the same lights as reported by the other two B29s.

(From: Hq5th AF, Office of D/I, 7 Aug 53, Subj: Attempted Rescue of Downed Airmen): A rescue was attempted on 24 24 May 53, using the snatch pickup procedure (Green Dragon Rescue Operation). Voice radio (URC4) was used with lst Lt Ashley directing the pilot to the ground station. (The pilot reported that the voice was definitely that of the American who had previously been identified as Lt Ashley). Upon approaching the pick up site, the aircraft was fired upon by machine guns from the pickup area as well as from the mountain sides surrounding the area, sustaining damage from small arms fire. Ashley and four crew members, (Turner, Olsen Shaddick and Ishida) were known to be alive in Communist hands as of the close of the Korean conflict, Jul 53.

JACOBS, Harrison C. Category #4, F80C (Missing 27 Dec 50)

1st Lt.

AO 1909723

(From: 5th AF, NR: KOINT513, 28 Dec 50): The aircraft was on a rocket pass on a target in Kwaksan. Two unidentified aircraft made passes. The pilot reported that he was hit and was bailing out at approximate coordinates (XD 8070).

JACOBSON, Paul J. Category #2, F86, (Missing 12 Feb 53)

lst Lt

AO 2224046

(From: 4th Ftr Wg, Cite: P 105 (4 Fw), AG #B 3105, D/I 03144, 12 Feb 53 and From: 5th AF, Cite: INC 31072, AG #07299, D/I #03201, 13 Feb 53): The aircraft was on a combat mission over North Korea. The pilot disappeared and lost transmission while covering the


leader in an engagement with MIG 15s. He stated that the leader was clear, and was last seen over the Sinuiju area. No further radio contact was received.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det 2, Rpt #256953, Sep 53, F3): On 16 Feb, a UN aircraft was shot down in the Sinuiju area (XE1939) at approximately 1000 hours. The pilot of this aircraft was captured and taken to Antung City (XE1953) Manchuria. He was placed on exhibition in the market place. The people crowded around and were told that he was a crook of the air. The CCF then stripped him of his clothes and gave him a CCF uniform. The pilot was 22 years old, a little fat, and short. (The above description fits 1st Lt Paul J. Jacobson, who was forced down on 12 Feb 53 in the Sinuiju area. A further check of records revealed that Lt Jacobson was the only UN pilot downed in the Sinuiju area (XE 1939) within at least 60 days of the date given by the agent.)

JENSEN, Morton H. Category #5, B29 (Missing 19 Nov 52)

T/Sgt

AF 27358781

(*) The aircraft was on a combat bombing mission on the Sonchon: supply dump, North Korea. As the 3rd flare was dropped, 20 search lights were locked on the B29. Approximately two minutes later, four bursts of fire were received and hits made on No. 2. and 3 engines, which had to be feathered out, and on the wing between the fuselage and No. 3 engine, causing fire to start. Four parachutes were sighted at different locations inland from Chodo Island. A flight of F51s discovered a parachute hanging in a tree in the vicinity of coordinates (SC 7273) about 100 ft inland. Two of the crew members were rescued and the remains of two other crew members were recovered form the sea.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Downed Aircraft Report No. 92, Nov 52): The aircraft was placed under attack by enemy night fighters at Sonchon (XE 6367). An emergency call was sent out at 0100 stating that the aircraft had lost two engines. The aircraft commander bailed out and landed on the island of Chodo (XC 5563) and he stated that he was the last one to leave the aircraft. Parachutes were observed on the ground at (XC 7173), (XC 675506), (XC 665485) and (XC645660). A white parachute was observed approximately 75 yards from the shoreline at (XC 7172). It appeared to be attached a ten man raft.

JENSEN, Wayne F. Category #5, B29, (Missing 8 Nov 52)

S/Sgt

AF 19405070

(Retained in active file because three members of the twelve man crew have been Returned To Control).

 

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(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWKOOA 5389, AG #49274, D/I #27270, 8 Nov 52): The aircraft departed Kadena AB, Okinawa, at 2152 hours, 7 Nov 52, on a mission to bomb a target described as a Military Staff School at Nong Pung Ni. The last transmitted position report was at 0040/I, 8 Nov 52, at (3403N/2505E). No sightings have been made.

JONES, Oliver E. Category #5, F51 (Missing 22 Oct 51)

1st Lt

AO 1911207

(From: 5th AF, Cite: INR 609, 23 Oct 51, AG #53553, D/I #36596): The aircraft sustained damage by enemy ground fire the pilot bailed out. The parachute was not seen to open.

KARPOWICZ, Jerome Category #5, B26, (Missing 17 May 53)

A/1C

AF 16395206

(Retained in active file because two members of the four man crew have been Returned to Military Control.)

(*) Capts Quesnell and Walseth were interviewed at this Division. They stated that Selman and Karpowicz were the first and second to leave the aircraft. Karpowicz carried a URC4 radio. They knew of no reasons why the bail out would not have been successful.

(From: Det #3, 6004th AISS, IR #121, 19 May 53): At 2219/I, the pilot heard a garbled transmission on D channel at (YC 5041). It was believed to be a URC4 transmission. Search results were negative.

KEENE, Kassel M. Category #2, B29 (Missing 19 Nov 52)

Major

AO 420472

(*) The aircraft was on a combat mission on the Sonchon supply dump North Korea. As the 3rd flare was dropped, 20 search lights were locked on the B29. Approximately two minutes later, four bursts of fire were received and hits made on No. 2 and 3 engines, which had to be feathered out, and on the wing between the fuselage and No. 3 engine, causing fire to start. Four parachutes were sighted at different locations inland from Chodo Island. A flight of F51s discovered a parachute hanging in a tree in the vicinity of coordinates (SC 7273) about 100 ft inland. Two of the crew members were rescued and the remains of two other crew members were recovered from the sea.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Downed Aircraft Report No. 92, Nov 52): The aircraft was placed under attack by enemy night fighters at Sonchon (XE 6307). An emergency call was send out at 0100 stating that the aircraft had lost two engines. The aircraft commander bailed out and landed on the island of Choco (XC 5563), and he stated that he was the last one to leave the aircraft. Parachutes were observed on the ground at

 

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(XC 7173), (XC 675506), (XC 665485) and (XC 645660). A white parachute was observed approximately 75 yards from the shoreline at (XC 7172). It appeared to be attached to a ten man live raft.

(From: 6004th AISS, CRT1P, 8 Aug 53): The Source stated subject was sentenced to 21 1/2 years for assaulting a fellow prisoner. He was sentenced in July 53. According to the sentence he was not to be effected by repatriation.

KEISTER, Harold O. Category #5, B26 (Missing 30 Aug 51)

lst Lt

AO 785071

(From: 3rd Wg. Cite: 1345 PERS, 2 Sep 51): The search was discontinued 1 Sep 51. It was reported that three personnel type parachutes had been spotted in the vicinity where last contact was made (3755N/12600E).

KELIEHER, Robert P. Category #5, B29 (Missing 8 Nov 52)

A/1C

AF 11205730

(Retained in active file because three members of the twelve man crew have been Returned To Military Control.)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWKOOA 5389, AG #49274, D/I #27270, 8 Nov 52): The aircraft departed Kadena AB, Okinawa, at 2152 hours, 7 Nov 52, on a mission to bomb a target described as a Military Staff School at Nong Pang Ni. The last transmitted position report was at 0040/I, 8 Nov 52 at (3403N/12505E). No sightings have been made.

KEPFORD, Joseph C. Category #3, F80, (Missing 7 Oct 50)

Capt

AO 181388

(From: 5th AF, NR: Radio, dtd 7 Oct 50): The pilot was observed bailing out three miles :northwest of Hwangju, Korea. He landed safely on the ground, but was not observed after that.

KIRK, Charles F. Category #5, B29, (Missing 8 Nov 52)

lst Lt

AO 2079748

(Retained in active file because three members of the twelve man crew have been Returned To Military Control.)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWKOOA 5389, AG #49274, D/I #27270, 8 Nov 52): The aircraft departed Kadena AB, Okinawa, at 2152 hours, 7 Nov 52, on a mission to bomb a target described as a Military Staff School at Nong Pang Ni. The last transmitted position report was at 0040/I, 8 Nov 52 at (3403N/12505E). No sightings have been made.

KOONZ, Frederick R. Category #2, B26 (Missing 2 Sep 51

2nd Lt

AO 1909920

(From: 3rd Bm Wg, Cite: 1340 3 BG, 2 Sep 51): The known contact was when the pilot gave a portion report going into the target area. At 0248 hours, Skillful 14 reported a spiral descending ball of fire that exploded.

 

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and burned on contact with the ground. At the same time the pilot observed one descending parachute.

(From: TWX RDAG 926 and RDAG 9021, Sep 53): Listed in the NIELSEN-HENDERSON list of USAF personnel known to be in Kaesong awaiting repatriation.

LOGAN, Samuel P. Category #2, B29, (Missing 9 Sep 50)

Capt

11287A

(*) The aircraft was damaged by enemy flak and crashed approximately 23 miles north of Pyongyang. Five parachutes were reported to have left the aircraft and landed on the ground at approximate coordinates (3926N/12544E). A report reveals that in Nov 50, the wreckage of the B29 was located in the same general area where it had previously been reported last. Interrogation of local residents and careful investigation by GRS resulted in the recovery of what is believed to be the remains of the five crew members of the aircraft. Of this number three of the bodies were found by the cite of the crash and another near Pyongyang. No positive identification could be made and a group burial was made. Burial cite: Pyongyang cemetery, Plot 1, Row 7, Grave 15.

(From: Bom Comd, NR: BCX 1210, 9. Sep 50): The aircraft exploded in the air. Five parachutes were seen possibly a sixth. One buddy aircraft dropped two E18 survival kits in the area where the crew went down. Several cars from adjacent villages were seen heading toward the wreckage.

(From ATIS #KT 1761, Inter of NK Deserter, Sep 50): Source observed a B29 shot down by AA guns about eight km east of Sukchon. The Source heard from a trooper that five were killed in the crash and seven parachuted and were captured. (From: Hq USAF, AG #3318, Date Unk (1950): An unconfirmed report states that Capt. LOGAN was a POW.

MARTIN, Dominique K. Category #3, F84, (Missing 5 May 52)

lst Lt

AO 1909619

(From: 5 AF, Cite: INC 523, AG #18669, D/I #12533, 6 May 52): The pilot was making a pass on the target when his aircraft was hit by ground fire. He then parachuted from the aircraft and was observed moving about on the ground.

MARTIN, Robert L. Category #2, F80, (Missing 24 Aug 51)

lst Lt

AO 1912235

(From: 6004th AISS, CRT25): He was last seen in Apr 53 at Pyoktong Camp #2 Hq. His condition was fair. (From: 6004th AISS, CRI 105A, 2 Sep 53): Source stated: He (MARTIN) was being interrogated on Bacteriological warfare. His condition was fair.

 

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(From: TWX RDAG 926 and RDAG 9021, Sept 53): Listed as not likely to return.

(From: TWX RDAG 9-032, Sept 53): He was sentenced to one year for hitting an interrogator. He was rumored to be t Pyoktong with other BW people. (Date of Information unknown.)

MAST, Clifford H. Category #l, B29, (Missing 4 Jul 52)

S/Sgt

AF 19417343

(Retained in active file because eleven members of the thirteen man crew have been Returned To Military Control. One of the crew was Killed In Action.)

(From: 6004th AISS, CRT 68A, 11 Sept 53): MAST was on the same crew with Source. Co-pilot told Source that most of the crew bailed out. According to the Source, MAST has not seen or heard of since.

(From: 6004th AISS, CRT 58B, 9 Sept 53): S/Sgt MAST was last seen bailing out of the aircraft over Sinanju by Lt. Strieby, Co-pilot. He was tail gunner on Capt. Cline's crew. Source asked a Chinese Interrogator about MAST and was told, "I don't know, probably dead."

(From: 6004th AISS, CRT-65A, 10 Sept 53:) Source states that Clifford Masts name came up in interrogation. Source once asked where MAST was. He believes that MAST was taken to China around the end of Oct 52.

MILLER, Waldemar W. Category #2, T-6 (Missing 10 Jul 52)

lst Lt

AO 1909506

(From: 6147th TAC Contl Sq, Cite: TCSA 1940, AG #29383, D/I #1814, 10 Jul 52): The aircraft was last seen in the vicinity of (CT 1423). It was reported as having crashed and burned by "Cap Filter Hose." One parachute was observed open on the ground but it soon disappeared. The search was discontinued at approximately 1408/I due to intense ground fire.

(From: 500th MISG, KT 3673, CT 133038, 4 Oct 52): On 1 Jul 52, Source heard that the CCF had shot down one of the UN light planes and that the two crew members had parachuted from the plane. One was captured by the CCF and the other was killed. :The captured crew member was taken away, but the PW Source had no knowledge as to his destination.

(From: 500th MISG. KT 3963, DA #:17884, Date unknown (1952): On 3 Jul 52, Source observed one UN reconnaissance plane (with red markings on the nose) shot down by AA.guns and crash in the vicinity of (CT 1423). One of the two pilots bailed out and was captured by members of the 1st Btry AA Gun Bn 116th Div, CCF. The Source heard that the other pilot was killed in the crash.

 

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(From: TWX DEJEP Hq 145C 10 Jul 52): He was known to have parachuted safely. He was observed on the ground by another flight.

(From: TWX RDAG 9-26 and RADG 9-021 Sep 53): Listed in the NIELSEN-HENDERSON list of personnel known to be in Kaesong awaiting repatriation.

MITCHELL, Bernard Category #4, B-26, (Missing 14 Jan 51)

A/lC

AF 13378025

(*) While returning to Japan, the aircraft crossed the river about twelve miles west of Pyongyang, (YD 2514) and flying about 300 ft over the city they encountered small arms fire. The gunner called, "we are on fire." The pilot bailed out when the aircraft was at an altitude of approximately 1000 ft and seven miles for the coast. The Navigator has been Returned to Military Control.

MOORADIAN, Ara Category #5, B-29 (Missing 23 Oct 51)

1st Lt

AO 932011

(Retained in active file because five members of the crew were Returned To Military Control on Big Switch. Two members of the crew were Killed in Action.)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cites 307 BWK 2943 and 2931, AG #53591 and 53756 D/I #36728, 25 Oct 51): The aircraft was flying in formation after bombs away, at (3955N/12412E) at approximately 0050 hours, 23 Oct 51, when fire developed in the left wing at No. 2 engine as a result of damages inflicted by enemy fighter gunfire. The aircraft was last seen approximately five minutes later descending and still burning, headed southwest towards the Yellow Sea, apparently under control.

MOORE, John G. Category #2, B-26, (Missing 20 Aug 51)

Capt

AO 886005

(*): At 0256 hours, the pilot reported his location at approximate coordinates (3830N/126 E) outbound from target area. No further contact with the aircraft was made. A search mission reported three personnel type parachutes sighted in the vicinity of (3755N/126 E).

(From: TWX DEJEP Hq. 145C Sep 53): The subject witnessed alive as POW by repatriated personnel.)

MYERS, Thomas E. Category #3 F-80, (Missing 2 Oct 50)

Maj

15136A

(From: Flash Msg, dtd 2 Oct 50): The pilot was on a strafing pass when hit by ground fire, near Singosan, Korea, approximate coordinates (3852N/12725E). The

 

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pilot bailed out at approximately 1,000 ft, and was last seen hanging in a tree.

McALLASTER, John A. Jr. Category #5 B-26 (Missing 4 Apr 52)

lst Lt

AO 757831

(A crew member of the downed aircraft piloted by lst Lt James A. Van Fleet, Jr.)

(From: Det #2, 6004th AISS, #493-5-52, D/I #09301, 6 May 52): A twin engine UN bomber crashed at Hangpodong (YC 279069) at dawn 4 Apr 52. The inhabitant observed an American corpse dressed in an OD jacket and no pants lying 30 meters north of where the plane crashed. No other bodies were observed.

(From: Det #2 6004th AISS, #302-5-52 D/I #09030, 15 May 52): Information obtained by this Source from a villager that two friendly aircraft were downed at (YC 400126). One pilot died in the crash and the other pilot was captured. At 1200 hours, 4 Apr 52 he witnessed a group of Communists investigation the dead pilot's belongings.

McLOUGHLIN, Robert J. Category #5 B-29 (Missing 19 Nov 52)

A/2C

AF 12335474

(*) The aircraft was on a combat bombing mission on Sonchon supply dump North Korea. As the 3rd flare was dropped, 20 search lights were locked on the B-29. Approximately two minutes later, four bursts of fire were received and hits made on No. 2 and 3 engines, which had to be feathered out, and on the wing between the fuselage and No. 3 engine, causing fire to start. Four parachutes were sighted at different locations inland from Cho-do Island. A flight of F-51s discovered a parachute hanging in a tree in the vicinity of coordinates (SC 7273) about 100 ft inland. Two of the crew members were rescued and the remains of two other crew members were recovered from the sea.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Downed Aircraft Report No. 92, Nov. 52): The aircraft was placed under attack by enemy night fighters at Sonchon (XE 6307). An emergency call was sent out at 0100 stating that the aircraft had lost two engines. The aircraft commander bailed out and landed on the island of Cho-do (XC 5563), and he stated that he was the last to leave the aircraft. Parachutes were observed on the ground at (XC 7173), (XC 675506), (XC 665485) and (XC 645660). A white parachute was observed approximately 75 yards from the shoreline at (XC 7172). It appeared to be attached to a ten man life raft.

 

NEIS, Ralph A. Category #5, B-26, (Missing 14 Nov 52)

1st Lt

AO 2090340

(*) The aircraft was on a night interdiction mission over North Korea. The last radio contact was at 0015 hours when the aircraft was given directions for a Tadpole mission. Radar and VHF contact was normal until 0032 hours when the aircraft faded from the scope at coordinates (BT 6563). Fire was reported on the ground at (BT 6563) but it could not be identified as one caused by a downed aircraft.

(From: 6004th AISS, RPW Rpt No. 4554, Part 1, Phase III, 14 Sep 53): The pilot of the aircraft was Returned To Military Control and stated that he felt his crew was still alive because in some instances he saw evidence of pieces E&E equipment characteristic of his own crew. Source's interrogator had knowledge of missions performed and other operations that could only be gained through interrogation of other crew members.

NELSON, Lawrence A. Category #5, B-29 (Missing 28 Feb 52)

lst Lt

AO 2221692

(*) The aircraft experienced mechanical difficulty over North Korea. Seven crew members were Returned To Military Control, one was killed by enemy fire while attempting to return to friendly lines, and the fate of the other four is still undermined.

(Of the four "undetermined", referenced above one was Returned To Military Control, one is dead, ant the remaining two are listed in this report. A/2C Denn and 1st Lt. Nelson.)

NICHOLS, James L. Category #5 B-29, (Missing 19 Nov 52)

A/2C

AF 17326268

(*) The aircraft was on a combat bombing mission on the Sonchon supply dump North Korea. As the 3rd flare was dropped, 20 search lights were locked on the B-29. Approximately two minutes later, four bursts of fire were received and hits made on No. 2 and 3 engines, which had to be feathered out and on the wing between the fuselage and No. 3 engine, causing fire to start. Four parachutes were sighted at different locations inland from Cho-do Island. A flight of F-51s discovered a parachute hanging in a tree in the vicinity of coordinates (SC 7273) about 100 inland. Two of the crew members were rescued and the remains of two other crew members were recovered from the sea.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Downed Aircraft Report No. 92, Nov 52): The aircraft was placed under attack by, enemy night fighters at Sonchon (XE 6307). An emergency call was sent out at 0100 stating that the aircraft had lost two engines.. The aircraft commander bailed out and landed on the island of Cho-do (XC 5563), and he stated that he was the last one to leave the aircraft. Parachutes were observed on the ground at (XC 7173),

 

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(XC 675506), (XC 665485) and (XC 645660) A white parachute was observed approximately 75 yards from the shoreline at (XC 7172). It appeared to be attached to a ten man life raft.

NICHOLS, Rudolf Category #5 B-29, (Missing 30 Dec 52)

A/lC

AF 12383404

(Retained in active file because five members of the crew have been Returned to Military Control. One member of the crew. was Killed In Action.)

(From 28th Bomb Sq, 19th Bomb Gp, Cite.,., 19th BG 4438, 28th Bm S2, AG #L 8264, D/I #31049, 30 Dec 52) The aircraft took off at 1627 hours from Kadena Air Base for a combat mission North Korea. The aircraft was attacked by enemy aircraft and crashed approximately ten miles northeast of Pyongyang, (YD 4537), The number of survivors, if any, was unknown.

(From: FEAF Bom Com, Cites: BC 5116, AG #00879 D/A #00415, 6 Jan 53) The subject aircraft was observed under fighter attack just prior to bombs away. Info gathered from radio contact, indicates that the aircraft sustained major damage after turn off target at 2130/I. One engine was out and the No. 4 was on fire. At approximately 2142/I, several members were seen to bail out, (the exact number was unknown), as reported by an escorting F-3D. The aircraft crashed and burned.

O'BRIEN, Warren E. Category #4, F-84 (Missing 9 Sep 52)

Capt

AO 827259

(*) The pilot was flying an interdiction mission at (XE 814586). After completing their strike on the target, the flight was attacked by MIGs. Capt O'BRIEN's aircraft was observed to receive strikes from enemy fire in the right wing and burst into flames. The canopy was jettisoned, but no attempt to bail out was observed. However, another flight observed a parachute at (XE 6237).

OLCOTT, Ray W. Category #4, B-26 (Missing 15 Oct 51)

lst Lt

AO 1909367

(From: 5th AF, Cite: INR 587, D/I #35737, AG #52273, 15 Oct 51): The last contact with the aircraft was by radio at 2138 hours, 14 Oct 51, informing NTPS Control that one engine had been hit. An explosion was observed on the ground, believed to be that of.the missing aircraft. 1st Lt. William F. Brown, one of the crew of four, was Returned to Military Control. He reported that all were alerted to bail out, and believes that he was the last to leave the aircraft.

 

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OLSEN, Arthur R. Category #2, B-29A (Missing 29 Jan 53)

lst Lt

AO 2069417

(From: D/I Memo to G-2 AFFE, 17 Feb 53, Subj. Enemy Air Activity) Between 152225/I two B-29s at 19,000 and 21,260 ft altitude observed what appeared to be a signal at (YC 4010), consisting of three lights placed in a row at an undetermined distance from each other. There was no distinguishable code, but these lights flashing did appear to the crew as if a signal was intended. At 152300/I another B-29 at 22,700 ft observed what appeared to be dots and dashes flashing at (YB 2393). These appeared to be the same lights as reported by the other two B-29s.

(From: Hq 5th AF, Office of D/I, 7Aug 53, Subj: Attempted Rescue of Downed Airmen): A rescue was attempted on the snatch pickup procedure (Green Dragon, Rescue Operation). Voice radio (URC-4) was used with 1st Lt Ashley directing the pilot to the ground station. (The pilot reported that the voice was definitely that of the American who had previously been identified as Lt Ashley.) Upon approaching the pick site, the aircraft was was fired upon by machine guns, from the pick-up area, as well as from the mountain sides surrounding the area, sustaining damage from small arms fire. Ashley and four crew members (Turner, Olsen, Shaddick, and Ishida) were known to be alive in Communist hands as of theclose of the Korean conflict, Jul 53.

O'MEARA, James J. Jr. Category #5 B-29 (Missing 29 Jan 53)

A/2C

AF 1635L305

(Retained in active file because three members of the fourteen man crew were Returned To Military Control. One member of the crew was Killed In Action. Five other members of the crew were known to be alive in Communist hands at the close of the Korean conflict, Jul 53, Green Dragon Operation.

(From 28th Bm Sq, 19th Bm GP, Cites: 19th Bm GP, 5059, 28th Bm Sq, AG #A7502, D/I #02106 30 Jan.53): The aircraft took off at 2000/I from Kadena AB, for a combat mission over North.Korea. The aircraft was observed under attack by enemy fighters, firing rockets. A "May Day" call was given at 0026/1 and the aircraft was seen to explode in mid-air at 0029/I. Four parachutes were seen to open by the light of the explosion, approximately 18 miles east of Sariwon. The number of survivors, if any was unknown.

OYLER, Ernest R. Category #5, B-29 (Missing 9 Sep 50)

Capt

AO 744548

(*) The aircraft was damaged by enemy flack and crashed approximately 23 miles north of Pyongyang. Five were reported to have left the aircraft and landed on the ground at approximate coordinates (3926N/1254). A report reveals,.that in Nov 50, the.wrckageof the B-29 was located in the same general area where it had pre-

 

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viously been reported last. Interrogation of local residents and careful investigation by GRS resulted in the recovery of what is believed to be the remains of five crew members of the aircraft. Of this number three of the bodies were found by the site of the crash and another near Pyongyang. No positive identification could be made and a group burial was made. Burial site: Pyongyang cemetery, Plot 1, Row 7, Grave 15.

PADILLA, Alexander B. Category #3 F-51 (Missing 9 Oct 50)

Capt

AO 556092

(From: 6002d Tac Sup Wg, NR: PER 6002 TSW, J-46-10, 10 Oct 50): The aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and the pilot crash landed, wheels up. He was seen to get out of the aircraft holding his left arm as if it were broken. He stumbled and walked South toward a village and was seen captured by the enemy. Location (3822N/1254E) near the village of Kwangton-Ni, Korea.

(MISG/FE ADV, Sp Rpt #263, 9 Aug 52): After sunset, on or about 12, Oct 50 a PW saw a US fighter aircraft whose propeller was damaged by AA fire, make, a forced landing on the hill at (YC 3852). The pilot walked safely to a church to seek refugee. The pastor tried to arrange for the pilot's escape to the nearby hills where guerrillas were based. However, this plan was up never completed because a CCF-NKA force was mopping up guerrilla units in that area. The NKA suspected that the downed airman was hiding in the vicinity so they conducted a search and both the pastor and pilot were taken away.

PALIOTTI, Nicholas M. Category #5, B-26, (Missing 20 Aug 51)

S/Sgt

AF 12313035

(*) At 0256 hours, the pilot reported his location at approximate coordinates (3830N/126E), outbound from target area. No further contact with the aircraft was made. A search mission reported three personnel type parachutes sighted in the vicinity of (3755N/126E).

PARHAM, Charles E. Jr. Category #5, B-26 (Missing 25 Nov 51)

A/1C

AF 14103757

(*): The last contact with the aircraft was a transmission outbound from the target area at 0507 hours. An order to ball out was heard at 0515 hours from an aircraft at approximately 12,000 ft in the vicinity of (CT 4000) to (CT 4080), believed to be the missing aircraft. Crew members were seen to bail out behind enemy lines at approximate coordinates (CT3842) by an ROK officer, who believed that they bailed out of a B-26.

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PATTON., George W. Category #2, F-51, (Missing 13 Jun 52)

lst Lt

AO 2222013

(From: 6004th AISS, CRT-1-N, 8 Aug 53): The pilot was sentenced to two and one-hald years for assaulting a fellow prisoner. The sentence was in Jul 53. This sentence was to to be affected by repatriation.

PECK, James K. Category #5, B-29, (Missing 19 Nov 52)

1st Lt

AO 741690

(*) The aircraft was on a combat bombing mission on the Sonchon supply dump, North Korea. As a 3rd flare was dropped, 20 search lights were locked on the B-29. Approximately two minutes later, four bursts of fire were received and hits made on No. 2 and 3 engines, which had to be feathered out, and on the wing between the fuselage and No. 3 engine, causing fire to start. Four parachutes were sighted at different locations inland from Cho-do Island. A flight of F-51s discovered a parachute hanging in a tree in the vicinity of coordinates (SC 7273) about 100 ft inland. Two of the crew members were rescued and the remains of two other crew members were recovered from the sea.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Downed Aircraft Report No. 92, Nov 52): The aircraft was placed under attack by enemy night fighters at Sonchone (XE 6307). An emergency call was sent out at 0100 stating that the aircraft had lost two engines. The aircraft commander bailed out and landed on the island of Cho-do (XC 5563), and he stated that he was the last one to leave the aircraft. Parachutes were observed on the ground at (XC 7173), (XC 675506, (XC 665485) and (XC645660. A white parachute was observed approximately 75 yards from the shoreline at (XC 7172). It appeared to be attached to a ten man life raft.

PENNINGER, Roger W. Category #5, B-29 (Missing 23 Oct 51)

lst Lt

AO 778935

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWK 2930, AG #53752, (D/I #36729), 24 Oct 51): The aircraft was leading a formation of three aircraft at the coordinates (3953N/12534E). At approximately 0040/Z, the aircraft was damaged by enemy fighter gunfire. Several parachutes were observed to open prior to its exploding in mid-air.

PHELPS, Ralph L. Category #5, B-26 (Missing 4 Apr 52)

A/1C

AF 17291247

(A crew member of the downed aircraft piloted by 1st Lt James A. Van Fleet, Jr.)

(From: Det #2, 6004th AISS, #493-5-52, D/I #09301, 26 May 52): A twin engine UN bomber crashed at Hangpodong (YC 279069), at dawn 4 Apr 52. The inhabitant observed an American corpse dressed in an OD jacket and no pants lying 30 meters north of where the plane crashed. No other bodies were observed.

 

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(From: Det #2, 6004th AISS, #493-5-52, D/I #09301, 26 May 52): A twin engine UN bomber crashed at Hangpo-dong (YC 279069 at dawn, 2 Apr 52. The inhabitant observed an American corpse dressed in OD jacket and no pants lying 30 meters north of where the plane crashed. No other bodies were observed.

(From: Det #2, 600th AISS, #032-5-52, D/I #09030, 15 May 52): Information obtained by this Source from a villager, indicates that two friendly aircraft were downed at (YC 400126.) One pilot died in the crash and the other pilot was captured. At 1200 hours, 4 Apr 52, he witnessed a group of Communists investigating the dead pilot's belongings.

PHILLIPS, Duane M. Category #5, B-29 (Missing 7 Apr 51)

2nd Lt

19732A

(From: 307 BW, Cite: 307 BWK 0577, dtd 7 Apr 51): The aircraft apparently exploded in mid-air without warning at 1040 hours, at coordinates (3905N/2501E). Three or four parachuted from the aircraft. 2nd Lt Shallenberger was apparently the only survivor, Returned To Military Control. The Officer states that he did not see any of the others who parachuted into the water.

(From: 500 MISG, 010472, 27 Apr 53) On or about May 52, Phillips, Buck and Thierman went into a cornfield after watching a soccer game. Roll call absence was covered by their friends. They were recaptured four days later. They were put in jail for approximately four months. (Note: No first name was given for the Phillips listed above and this report may refer to another Phillips.)

POPE, James D. Category #5 B-29 (Missing 29 Jan 53)

A/2C

AF 14404363

(Retained in Active file because three members of the fourteen man crew were Returned To Military Control. One member of the crew was Killed in Action. Five other members of the crew known to be alive in Communist hands at the close of the Korean conflict, Jul 53, Green Dragon Operation.)

(From. 28th Bm Sq, 19th Bm Gp, Cite: 19th Bm Gp, 5059, 28th Bm Sq, AG #A 7502, D/I #62106, 30 Jan 53): The aircraft took off at 2000/I from Kadena AB for a combat mission over North Korea. The aircraft was observed under attack by enemy fighters, firing rockets. A "May Day" was given at 0026/I and the aircraft was seen to explode in mid-air at 0029/I. Four parachutes were seen only by the light of the explosion, approximately 18 miles east of Sariwon. The number of survivors, if any was unknown.

 

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PORTER, James H. Category #5, B-29, (Missing 19 Nov 52)

A/2C

AF 14397423

(*) The aircraft was on a combat bombing mission on the Sonchon supply dump North Korea. As the 3rd flare was dropped, 20 search lights were locked on the B-29. Approximately two minutes later, four bursts of fire were received and hits made on No. 2 and 3 engines, which had to be feathered out and on the wing between the fuselage and No. 3 engine, causing fire to start. Four parachutes were sighted at different locations inland from Cho-do Island. A flight of F-51s discovered a parachute hanging in a tree in the vicinity of coordinates (SC 7273) about 100 inland. Two of the crew members were rescued and the remains of two other crew members were recovered from the sea.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Downed Aircraft Report No. 92, Nov 52): The aircraft was placed under attack by, enemy night fighters at Sonchon (XE 6307). An emergency call was sent out at 0100 stating that the aircraft had lost two engines.. The aircraft commander bailed out and landed on the island of Cho-do (XC 5563), and he stated that he was the last one to leave the aircraft. Parachutes were observed on the ground at (XC 7173), (XC 675506), (XC 665485) and (XC 645660) A white parachute was observed approximately 75 yards from the shoreline at (XC 7172). It appeared to be attached to a ten man life raft.

PRATT, Charles W. Category #5, F-86 (Missing 8 Nov 51)

Capt

16993A

(*) While heading south toward their home base, approximately fifteen MIGs were sighted, and Capt Pratt turned to attack. One MIG worked into position and began firing at him. Soon after, he was heard to call that he was hit and would have to bail out. His aircraft was last observed heading toward the coast west of Pyongyang, in a forty-five degree dive.

REHM, Harry M. Category #5, B-29, (Missing 30 Dec 52)

1st Lt

AO 2089519

(Retained in active file because five members of the crew have been Returned To Military Control. One member of the crew was Killed in Action.)

(From: 28th Bomb s2, 19th Bomb Gp, Cite: 19th BG 4438, 28th Bm Sq, AG #L 8264, D/I #31049, 30 Dec 52): The aircraft took of at 1627 hours from Kadena Air Base for a combat mission over North Korea. The aircraft was attacked by enemy aircraft and crashed approximately ten miles northeast of Pyongyang, (YD 4537). The number of survivors, is any, is unknown.


(From: FEAF Bom Com, Cite: BC 5116, AG #00879, D/I 00415, 6 Jan 53): The subject aircraft was observed under fighter attack just prior to bombs away. Information gathered from radio contact, indicates that the aircraft sustained major damage after turn off target at 2130/I. One engine was out and the No. 4 engine was on fire. At approximately 2142/I several crew members were seen to bail out, (the exact number was unknown), as reported by an escorting F-3D. The aircraft crashed and burned.

RODNEY, Daryl E. Category #5, B-29, (Missing 30 Dec 52)

A/2C

AF 19400458

(Retained in active file because five members of the crew have been Returned To Military Control. One member of the crew was Killed In Action.)

(From: 28th Bomb Sq, 19th Bomb Gp, Cite: 19th BG 4438, 28th Bm Sq, AG #L 8264, D/I # 31049, 30 Dec 52): The aircraft took off at 1627 hours from Kadena Air Base for a combat mission over North Korea. The aircraft was attacked by enemy aircraft and crashed approximately ten miles northeast of Pyongyang, (YD 4537). The number of survivors, if any, was unknown.

(From: FEAF Bom Com, Cite: BC 5116, AG #00879, .D/I #00415, 6 Jan 53): The subject aircraft was observed under fighter attack just prior to bombs away. Information gathered from radio contact, indicates that the aircraft sustained major damage after turn off target at 2130/I. One engine was out and the No. 4 engine was on fire. At approximately 2142/I several crew members were seen to bail out, (the exact number was unknown), as reported by an escorting F-3D. The aircraft crashed and burned.

ROUNDTREE, Fred B. Category #2 B-26, (Missing 14 Jan 51)

Capt

17495A

(*) While returning to Japan, the aircraft crossed the river about, twelve miles west of Pyongyang, (YD 2514), and flying about 300 ft over the city they encountered small arms fire. The gunner called, "We are on fire." The pilot bailed out when the aircraft was at an altitude of approximately 1000 ft and seven miles from the coast. The navigator has bee Returned To Military Control.

(From: TWX RDAG 9-26 and RDAG 9-021. Sep 53): Listed in the NEILSEN-HENDERSON list of USAF personnel known to be in Kaesong awaiting repatriation.

SCHMITT, Warren W. Category #5, B-29, (Missing 8 Nov 52)

A/2C

AF 17151509

(Retained in active file because three members of the twelve man crew have been Returned To Military Control.)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWKOOA 5389, AG #49274, D/I #27270 8 Nov 52): The aircraft departed Kadena AB,

 

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Okinawa, at 2152 hours, 7 Nov 52 on a mission to bomb a target described as a Military Staff School at Nong Pung Ni. The last transmitted position report was at 0040/I, 8 Nov 52, at (3403N/12505E). No sighting had been made.

SCHNEIDT, Norman W. Category #5, B-29 (Missing 8 Nov 52)

Capt

AO 810255

(Retained in active file file because three members of the twelve man crew have been Returned To Military Control.)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWKOOA 5389, AG #49274, D/I #27270 8 Nov 52): The aircraft departed Kadena AB, Okinawa, at 2152 hours, 7 Nov 52 on a mission to bomb a target described as a Military Staff School at Nong Pung Ni. The last transmitted position report was at 0040/I, 8 Nov 52, at (3403N/12505E). No sightings had been made.

SCHWAB, Edward A. Category #5, B-29 (Missing 29 Jan 53)

A/2C

AF 12359965

(Retained in active file because three members of the fourteen man crew were Returned To Military Control. One member of the crew was Killed In Action. Five other members of the crew were known to be alive in Communist hands at the close of the Korean conflict, Jul 53: Green Dragon Rescue Operation.)

(From: 28th Bm Sq, 19th Bm GP Cite: 19th Bm Gp 5059, 28th Bm Sq, AG #A 7502, D/I #02l06, 30 Jan 53): The aircraft took off at 2000/I from Kadena AB for a combat mission over North Korea. The aircraft was observed under attack by enemy fighters, firing rockets. A "May Day" call was given at 0026/I and the aircraft was seen to explode in mid-air at 0029/I. Four parachutes were seen open by the light of the explosion, approximately 18 miles east of Sariwon. The number of survivors, if any, was unknown.

SELMAN, Clifford G. Category #5, B-26, (Missing 17 May 53)

lst Lt

AO 1864097

(Retained in active file because two members of the four man crew had been Returned to Military Control)

(*) Capt's Quesnell and Walseth were interviewed at this Division. They stated that Selman and Karpowicz were the first and second to leave the aircraft. Karpowicz carried a URC-4 radio. They knew of no reasons why the bail out would not have been successful.

(From: Det.: #3, 6004th AISS, IR #121, 19 May 53): At 2219/I, the pilot heard a garbled transmission on "D" channel at (YC 5641). It was believed to be a URC-4 transmission. Search results were negative.

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PAGES SHADDICK, John P., III Category #2, B-29, (Missing 29 Jan 53)

2nd Lt

AO 2221920

(From: D/I Memo to G-2 AFFE, 17 Feb 53, Subj: Enemy Air Activity): Between 152225/I and 2259/I, two B-29s at 19,000 and 21,260 ft altitude observed what appeared to be a signal at (YC 4010), consisting of three lights placed in a row at an undetermined distance from each other. There was no distinguishable code, but these lights flashing did appear to the crew as if a signal was intended. At 152300/I, another B-29 at 22,700 ft observed what appeared to be dots and dashes flashing at (YB 2393). These appeared to be the same lights as reported by the other two B-29s.

(From: Hq 5th AF, Office of D/I, 7 Aug 53, Subj: Attempted Rescue of Downed Airmen): A rescue was attempted on 24 May 53, using the snatch pick-up procedure (Green Dragon Rescue Operation). Voice radio (URC-4) was used with lst Lt Ashley directing the pilot to the ground station. (The pilot reported that the voice was definitely that of the American who had previously been identified as Lt Ashley.) Upon approaching the pick-up area, the aircraft was fired upon by machine guns, from the pick-up area as well as from the mountain sides surrounding the area, sustaining damage from small arms fire. Ashley and four crew members, (Turner, Olsen, Shaddick and Ishida) were known to be alive in Communist hands as of the close of the Korean conflict Jul 53.

SHIELDS, Thomas L. Category #5, B-29, (Missing 23 Oct 51)

Capt

AO 837209

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWK 2930, AG #53752, D/I #36729, 24 Oct 51): The aircraft was leading a formation of three aircraft at the coordinates (3953N/12534E). At approximately 0040/Z, the aircraft was damaged by enemy fighter gunfire. Several parachutes were observed to open prior to its exploding in mid-air.

SMITH, James D. Jr. Category #5, B-26 (Missing 25 Nov 51)

2nd Lt

AO 2222046

(*): The last contact with the aircraft was a transmission outbound from the target area at 0507 hours. An order to bail out was heard at 0515 hours from an aircraft at approximately 12,000 ft in the vicinity of (CT 4000) to (CT 4080) believed to be the missing aircraft. Crew members were seen to bail out behind enemy lines at approximate coordinates (CT 3842) by an ROK officer, who believed that they bailed out of a B-26.

SOUTHERLAND, John E. Category #4, F-86, (Missing 6 Jun 53)

lst Lt

AO 1910800

(From: 8th FBW, Cite: FBWD 642F, AG #23977, D/I #11496, 6 Jun 53). The pilot was flying as No. 2 man in a flight of four on a close support mission. After being hit., the canopy was jettisoned and the pilot was ejected. The parachute opened at approximately 12,000 ft. The last observation was at (CT 8957).

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SPATH, Charles R. Category #3, F-86, (Missing 3 Feb 52)

Capt

AO 1910283

(From: Joint Advisory Commission, Korea, May 52): The pilot parachuted safely and was observed on the ground by another flight. He was known to be alive in enemy hands as of May 1952. A rescue operation designated "Hazel," revealed that the pilot was compromised, and may have been killed.

SPENCE, Marvin J. Category #5, B-29, (Missing 9 Sep 50)

Major

AO 732780

(*) The aircraft was damaged by enemy flak and crashed approximately 23 miles north of Pyongyang. Five parachutes were reported to have left the aircraft and landed on the ground at approximate coordinates (3926N/12544E). A report reveals that in Nov 50, the wreckage of the B-29 was locate in the same general area where it had previously been reported last. Interrogation of local residents and careful investigation by GRS resulted in the recovery of what is believed to be the remains of five crew members of the aircraft. Of this number three of the bodies were found by the site of of the crash and another near Pyongyang. No positive identification could be made and a group burial was made. Burial site: Pyongyang cemetery, Plot 1, Row 7, Grave 15.

STEVENSON, Frank J. Category #5 B-29 (Missing 29 Jan 53)

A/3C

AF 13405299

(Retained in active file because three members of the fourteen man crew were Returned To Military Control. One member of the crew was Killed In Action. Five other members of. the crew were known to be alive in Communist hands at the close of the Korean conflict, Jul 53: Green Dragon Rescue Operation.)

(From: 28th Bm Sq, 19th Bm GP Cite: 19th Bm Gp 5059, 28th Bm Sq, AG #A 7502, D/I #02l06, 30 Jan 53): The aircraft took off at 2000/I from Kadena AB for a combat mission over North Korea. The aircraft was observed under attack by enemy fighters, firing rockets. A "May Day" call was given at 0026/I and the aircraft was seen to explode in mid-air at 0029/I. Four parachutes were seen open by the light of the explosion, approximately 18 miles east of Sariwon. The number of survivors, if any, was unknown.

SWENEY, Bruce A. Category #3, F-80, (Missing 2 Oct 51)

lst Lt

AO 1912252

(From: 67th Tac Recon Wg, Cite: CAS 2032, 2 Oct 51): The aircraft was attacked by two enemy MIG 15 aircraft and his plane appeared to explode at an altitude of 20,000 ft. A parachute was seen to open. An F-84 aircraft made a low level pass an observed a parachute in a rice paddy with the pilot lying face down. He made no sign of life or recognition. The next morning when a fighter cap was dispatched to cover the area, the pilot and parachute were gone.

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TAHSEQUAH, Meech, Category #2 B-26, (Missing 6 Dec 50)

Lt Col

10985A

(From: 3rd Bm Gp, NR: 8075 6 Dec 50): ADCC reported that the crew bailed out at (3450N/2930E), the vicinity of Tsushima Island.

(From: TWX DEJEP Hq, 145C, Dec 51): Reported to be a POW by Communist Propaganda.

THOMAS, Lewis A., Jr. Category #5, B-29, (Missing 7 Apr 51)

S/Sgt

AF 37536612

(From: 307 BW, Cite: -307 BWK 0577, dtd 7 Apr 51): The aircraft apparently exploded in mid-air without warning at 1040 hours, at coordinates (3905N/12501E). Three or four parachuted from the aircraft. 2nd Lt. Shallenberger was apparently the only survivor, Returned To Military Control. The Officer states states that he did not seen any of the other who parachuted into the water.

THOMPSON, Charles R. Category #5, B-26, (Missing 25 Nov 51)

2nd Lt

AO 222047

(*): The last contact with the aircraft was a transmission outbound from the target area at 0507 hours. An order to bail out was heard at 0515 hours from an aircraft at approximately 12,000 ft in the vicinity of (CT 4000) to (CT 4080) believed to be the missing aircraft. Crew members were seen to bail out behind enemy lines at approximate coordinates (CT 3842) by an ROK officer, who believed that they bailed out of a B-26.

THOMPSON, Raymond Category #5, B-29, (Missing 19 Nov 52)

A/1C

AF 15432409

(*) The aircraft was on a combat bombing mission on the Sonchon supply dump, North Korea. As the 3rd flare was dropped, 20 search lights were locked on the B-29. Approximately two minutes later, four bursts of fire were received and hits made on No. 2 and 3 engines, which had to be feathered out, and on the wing between the fuselage and No. 3 engine, causing fire to start. Four parachutes were sighted at different locations inland from Cho-do Island. A flight of F-51s discovered a parachute hanging in a tree in the vicinity of coordinates (SC 7273) about 100 ft inland. Two of the crew members were rescued and the remains of two other crew members were recovered from the sea.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Downed Aircraft Report No. 92, Nov 52): The aircraft was placed under attack by enemy night fighters at Sonchon (XE 6307). An emergency call was sent out at 0100 stating that the aircraft had lost two engines. The aircraft commander bailed out and landed on the island of Cho-do (XC 5563), and he stated that he was the last one to leave the aircraft. Parachutes were observed on the ground at (XC 7173) , (XC 675506), (XC 66548) and (XC 645660). A white parachute was observed approximately 75 yards from the shoreline at (XC 7172). It appeared to be attached to a ten man raft.

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THOMPSON, Hugh K. Category #2, B-29 (Missing 23 Jan 52)

2nd Lt

AO 1911888

(Retained in active file because eight men of the fourteen man crew have been Returned To Military Control. Five members of the crew were Killed In Action.).

(From: 19th Bm Wg, 19th Bm Gp, 93rd Bm Sq, 23 Aug 53): Source stated that Thompson was not released at the time Source was released. No physical description was given as the Source did not know him well. He was in Camp #2.

TILLER, Horace N. Category #5, B-29 (Missing 19 Nov 5)

M/Sgt

AF 19052764

(*) The aircraft was on a combat bombing mission on the Sonchon supply dump, North Korea. As the 3rd flare was dropped, 20 search lights were locked on the B-29. Approximately two minutes later, four bursts of fire were received and hits made on No. 2 and 3 engines, which had to be feathered out, and on the wing between the fuselage and No. 3 engine, causing fire to start. Four parachutes were sighted at different locations inland from Cho-do Island. A flight of F-51s discovered a parachute hanging in a tree in the vicinity of coordinates (SC 7273) about 100 ft inland. Two of the crew members were rescued and the remains of two other crew members were recovered from the sea.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Downed Aircraft Report No. 92, Nov 52): The aircraft was placed under attack by enemy night fighters at Sonchon (XE 6307). An emergency call was sent out at 0100 stating that the aircraft had lost two engines. The aircraft commander bailed out and landed on the island of Cho-do (XC 5563), and he stated that he was the last one to leave the aircraft. Parachutes were observed on the ground at (XC 7173) , (XC 675506), (XC 66548) and (XC 645660). A white parachute was observed approximately 75 yards from the shoreline at (XC 7172). It appeared to be attached to a ten man raft.

TRANTHAM, Archie P. Category #5, B-29A (Missing 6 Jun 52)

Capt

AO 725882

(From: 5th Air Force, Cite: INC 673, AG #23961, D/I #15247, 7 Jun 52): At the last contact, the aircraft was on fire at coordinates (XED 6050). The crew is believed to have bailed out.

TURNER, Harold P. Category #2, B-29A (Missing 29 Jan 53)

lst Lt

AO 1283518

(From: D/I Memo to G-2 AFFE, 17 Feb 53, Subj: Enemy Air Activity): Between 152225/I and 2259/I, two B-29s at 19,000 and 21,260 ft altitude observed what appeared to be a signal at (YC 4010), consisting of three lights placed in a row at an undetermined distance from each other. There was no distinguishable code, but these lights flashing did appear to the crew as if a signal was intended. At 152300/I, another B-29 at 22,700 ft observed

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what appeared to be dots and dashes flashing at (YB 2393). These appeared to be the same lights as reported by the other two B-29s.

(From: Hq 5th AF, Office of D/I, 7 Aug 53, Subj: Attempted Rescue of Downed Airmen): A rescue was attempted on 24 May 53, using the snatch pick-up procedure (Green Dragon Rescue Operation). Voice radio (URC-4) was used with lst Lt Ashley directing the pilot to the ground station. (The pilot reported that the voice was definitely that of the American who had previously been identified as Lt Ashley.) Upon approaching the pick-up area, the aircraft was fired upon by machine guns, from the pick-up area as well as from the mountain sides surrounding the area, sustaining damage from small arms fire. Ashley and four crew members, (Turner, Olsen, Shaddick and Ishida) were known to be alive in Communist hands as of the close of the Korean conflict Jul 53.

VAN FLEET; James A. Jr., Category #2, B-26, (Missing 4 Apr 52)

lst Lt

AO 17852A

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Report #493-5-52, D/I #09301, 26 May 52): A twin engine UN bomber crashed at Hangpo-dong (XC 279069) at dawn, 2 Apr 52. The inhabitant observed an American corpse dressed in an OD jacket and no pants lying 30 meters north of where the plane crashed. No other bodies were observed.

(From: MISG/FE Interr Report #KT 3458, D/I #12344, 25 Jul 52): On 28 March Source heard fro a civilian that a UN aircraft possibly a twin engine, crashed in the vicinity of (YC 1968) at 0100 that morning. Later that day, three caucasian were observed about 30 years old, being marched under three guards. The three caucasians were wearing tan uniforms and brown boots. Their uniforms had zippered pockets on the trouser legs. The civilian heard that these three caucasians bailed out from the aircraft and the fourth was believed killed when his parachute failed to open.

(From: 6004th AISS Det #2, Report #302-5-52, D/I 09030, 15 May 52): Information obtained, by this Source from a villager indicated that two friendly aircraft were downed at (YC 400126.) One pilot died in the crash and the other pilot was captured. At 1200 hours, 4 Apr 52, he witnessed a group of Communists investigating the dead pilot's belongings.

(From: 6004th AISS, EEI File #2, 26 Sep 53): Source was told by another returning POW, who got in from a Chinese interrogator, that Lt. VAN FLEET was alive and was being held a prisoner by the Chinese Communists. One Chinese interrogator said that VAN FLEET was alive and another Chinese interrogator said that he was dead. Source received this information on 5 Sep 53, enroute to Kaesong for repatriation.

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(From: 6004th AISS, EEI File #2, 25 Sep 53): An interrogator told Source that VAN FLEET was being held in Pyongyang by the Chinese. He was being interrogated on UN use of bacteriological warfare. The Chinese were also trying to force VAN FLEET to write about "The Glory of the Communists for their Treatment of Prisoners of War." Source felt that the reason that they were told this was that the interrogators felt that by mentioning names of POWs, of high rank or prestige, and the fact that they too were being coerced into signing BW charges, that this would tend to make personnel like Source confess to these charges.

(From: 6004th AISS, EEI File #2, 2, Gen File Vol 4, Sep 53): Source indicated that on or about May 52, and unknown Chinese English speaking interrogator informed Source that Capt VAN FLEET had previously been interrogated at Pyongyang.

(From: IG OSI, Dist Off #2, APO 77, Date Unknown 1953): ".....According to Lee (Source), during a conversation that ensued, (a secondary informant) 'Min' (who was a member of the Social Security Bureau of North Korea) made the statement that General Van Fleet's son, who was a pilot had also been captured. Lee did not recall whether he was alive. He claims to dimly recall 'Min' saying that VAN FLEET was captured in the Koksan area"

WAHLGREN, Edward C. Category #5, B-29, (Missing 23 Oct 51)

Capt

AO 695357

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWK 2930, AG #53752, D/I #36729, 24 Oct 51): The aircraft was leading a formation of three aircraft at the coordinates (3953N/12534E). At approximately 0040/Z, the aircraft was damaged by enemy fighter gunfire. Several parachutes were observed to open prior it its exploding in mid-air.

WEBB, Edward A. Category #5, B-29 (Missing 23 Oct 51)

A/2C

AF 18350787

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWK 2930, AG #53752, D/I #36729, 24 Oct 51): The aircraft was leading a formation of three aircraft at the coordinates (3953N/12534E). At approximately 0040/Z, the aircraft was damaged by enemy fighter gunfire. Several parachutes were observed to open prior it its exploding in mid-air.

WEST, Carl E. Category #5, B-29 ( Missing 23 Oct 51)

A/2C

AF 13346889

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWK 2930, AG #53752, D/I #36729, 24 Oct 51): The aircraft was leading a formation of three aircraft at the coordinates (3953N/12534E). At approximately 0040/Z, the aircraft was damaged by enemy fighter gunfire. Several parachutes were observed to open prior it its exploding in mid-air.

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WHITE, Claude V. Category #5, B-29, (Missing 7 Apr 51)

2nd Lt

AO 1911527

(From: 307 BW, Cite: -307 BWK 0577, dtd 7 Apr 51): The aircraft apparently exploded in mid-air without warning at 1040 hours, at coordinates (3905N/12501E). Three or four parachuted from the aircraft. 2nd Lt. Shallenberger was apparently the only survivor, Returned To Military Control. The Officer states states that he did not seen any of the other who parachuted into the water.

WHITMAN, William Category #5, B-29, (Missing 19 Nov 52)

A/1C

AF 13360399

(*) The aircraft was on a combat bombing mission on the Sonchon supply dump, North Korea. As the 3rd flare was dropped, 20 search lights were locked on the B-29. Approximately two minutes later, four bursts of fire were received and hits made on No. 2 and 3 engines, which had to be feathered out, and on the wing between the fuselage and No. 3 engine, causing fire to start. Four parachutes were sighted at different locations inland from Cho-do Island. A flight of F-51s discovered a parachute hanging in a tree in the vicinity of coordinates (SC 7273) about 100 ft inland. Two of the crew members were rescued and the remains of two other crew members were recovered from the sea.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Downed Aircraft Report No. 92, Nov 52): The aircraft was placed under attack by enemy night fighters at Sonchon (XE 6307). An emergency call was sent out at 0100 stating that the aircraft had lost two engines. The aircraft commander bailed out and landed on the island of Cho-do (XC 5563), and he stated that he was the last one to leave the aircraft. Parachutes were observed on the ground at (XC 7173) , (XC 675506), (XC 66548) and (XC 645660). A white parachute was observed approximately 75 yards from the shoreline at (XC 7172). It appeared to be attached to a ten man raft.

WILLIAMSON, Kenneth E. Category #5, B-29 (Missing 9 Sep 50)

S/Sgt

AF 15255731

(*) The aircraft was damaged by enemy flak and crashed approximately 23 miles north of Pyongyang. Five parachutes were reported to have left the aircraft and landed on the ground at approximate coordinates (3926N/12544E). A report reveals that in Nov 50, the wreckage of the B-29 was locate in the same general area where it had previously been reported last. Interrogation of local residents and careful investigation by GRS resulted in the recovery of what is believed to be the remains of five crew members of the aircraft. Of this number three of the bodies were found by the site of of the crash and another near Pyongyang. No positive identification could be made and a group burial was made. Burial site: Pyongyang cemetery, Plot 1, Row 7, Grave 15.

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WORMACK, Thelbert B. Category #3, F-51, (Missing 14 Aug 50)

2nd Lt

AO 1908612

(From: 5th AF, NR: D/I #11990, 14 Aug 50): The aircraft engine quit and the pilot was seen to bail out four to five miles northwest of Waegwan, Korea. He landed got free of his parachute and ran toward a rice paddy. Four or Five North Korean soldiers were seen in the area.

ZEIGLER, Joseph P Category #3, F-84 (Missing 23 Apr 53)

1st Lt

AO 2224628

(From: 49th Ftr Bmr Wg, cite: 83 DP, AG #D 6336, 23 Apr 53): The pilot called that he was hit and was bailing out in the vicinity of (Bt 718915). A parachute was observed to open. Lt. ZEIGLER was heard to make a transmission on URC-4 radio, "Do you read me."

 

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JOHN R. CURTIS

1st Lt. USAF

OIC, Evasion and Escape Section