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#Name (↑)First NamesRankMilitary ServiceHonoursStatusAircraft TypeTail NumberDateIncident (↑)SquadronGroup or WingCircumstances Of Incident        Notes        Links        Photo          
1 BadzikJohn RudolphUSAFB-29A Superfortress44-61925 Chief Spokane: The Red Eraser1952-01-30This aircraft crashed at Kadena AFB following an in-flight fire in its #1 engine. The aircraft was destroyed by fire. One crew member died in the fire.IP
2 Billingslea Jr.Charles LA1CUSAFMIAB-26B Invader44-342811952-02-2113th Bmb Sq (L)3rd Bmb Wg (L)Working Red One Nine, last contact at 0015L, Kumchon area, 3rd ARS helos and Fifth AF fighters searched area, negative results
3 Burch Hugh MaynardSGTUSAFPurple Heart Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters National Defense Service Medal Korean Service Medal Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation United Nations Service Medal Republic of Korea War Service MedalMIAB-29A Superfortress44-86370 Lucky Dog1951-04-1293rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bombardment WingDamaged during Soviet MiG 15 attack, No. 1 engine caught fire, ditched at sea off Ryongampo, debris and oil slick found, no parachutes observed, extensive SAR effort negativeNew Carlisle, Indiana - born April 22, 1930. Service number was 15277194. Remembered Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington.

Damaged during Soviet MiG 15 attack, No. 1 engine caught fire, ditched at sea off Ryongampo, debris and oil slick found, no parachutes observed, extensive SAR effort negative

Acft seen loosing altitude and trailing smoke. Ditching attempted at 38 deg 45 min N and 124 deg 50 min E. [3rd] Air Sea Rescue reported 2 large rafts, 1 small raft, and debris sighted but no survivors were seen in rafts. 3 British surface vessels searching area. 12 aboard.

Another AF doc sights: Date of Crash: 12 APR 51 - 1018 hrs Crash Location: 38 48'N, 124 32'E [this isn't quite the same as above] Body of 1 crew member [of 12 man crew] was recovered in the water after he had . [then document becomes unreadable] ... crash for survivors was suspended. After negative results, the active search for other crew members who might have parachuted was abandoned. Sea calm. Winds 10-15 knots. Small swells Special marking - 50 inch horizontal black stripe on vertical stabalizer, red markings on nose, wing tips, and top of vertical stabalizer. Capt Charles H. Mullin followed aircraft from target to vicinity of surface vessel (Sandiron). Maintained radio contact until after they announce intent to ditch (~5 min before attempt). Called in two F-51's (Wolfhound and Charley) which assisted in the search. Debris was sighted 10 min later. Capt Mullin flew over the debris at 500 ft and there were no signs of survivors.


4 CareyJohn TUSAFB-29A Superfortress44-61925 Chief Spokane: The Red Eraser1952-01-30This aircraft crashed at Kadena AFB following an in-flight fire in its #1 engine. The aircraft was destroyed by fire. One crew member died in the fire.CFC
5 Carlson Albert BertieMSGTUSAF★ Air Medal ★ Purple HeartMIAB-29A Superfortress44-86370 Lucky Dog1951-04-1293rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bombardment WingDamaged during Soviet MiG 15 attack, No. 1 engine caught fire, ditched at sea off Ryongampo, debris and oil slick found, no parachutes observed, extensive SAR effort negativeLebanon, Missouri - born October 08, 1918. Remembered Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington

Acft seen loosing altitude and trailing smoke. Ditching attempted at 38 deg 45 min N and 124 deg 50 min E. [3rd] Air Sea Rescue reported 2 large rafts, 1 small raft, and debris sighted but no survivors were seen in rafts. 3 British surface vessels searching area. 12 aboard.

Another AF doc sights: Date of Crash: 12 APR 51 - 1018 hrs Crash Location: 38 48'N, 124 32'E [this isn't quite the same as above] Body of 1 crew member [of 12 man crew] was recovered in the water after he had . [then document becomes unreadable] ... crash for survivors was suspended. After negative results, the active search for other crew members who might have parachuted was abandoned. Sea calm. Winds 10-15 knots. Small swells Special marking - 50 inch horizontal black stripe on vertical stabalizer, red markings on nose, wing tips, and top of vertical stabalizer. Capt Charles H. Mullin followed aircraft from target to vicinity of surface vessel (Sandiron). Maintained radio contact until after they announce intent to ditch (~5 min before attempt). Called in two F-51's (Wolfhound and Charley) which assisted in the search. Debris was sighted 10 min later. Capt Mullin flew over the debris at 500 ft and there were no signs of survivors.



6 CaysonWayman AdolphUSAFB-29A Superfortress44-61925 Chief Spokane: The Red Eraser1952-01-30This aircraft crashed at Kadena AFB following an in-flight fire in its #1 engine. The aircraft was destroyed by fire. One crew member died in the fire.Navigator
7 Connolly James Joseph1LTUSAFMIAB-29A Superfortress44-86370 Lucky Dog1951-04-1293rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bombardment WingDamaged during Soviet MiG 15 attack, No. 1 engine caught fire, ditched at sea off Ryongampo, debris and oil slick found, no parachutes observed, extensive SAR effort negativeJersey City, New Jersey - born April 29, 1921

Acft seen loosing altitude and trailing smoke. Ditching attempted at 38 deg 45 min N and 124 deg 50 min E. [3rd] Air Sea Rescue reported 2 large rafts, 1 small raft, and debris sighted but no survivors were seen in rafts. 3 British surface vessels searching area. 12 aboard.

Another AF doc sights: Date of Crash: 12 APR 51 - 1018 hrs Crash Location: 38 48'N, 124 32'E [this isn't quite the same as above] Body of 1 crew member [of 12 man crew] was recovered in the water after he had . [then document becomes unreadable] ... crash for survivors was suspended. After negative results, the active search for other crew members who might have parachuted was abandoned. Sea calm. Winds 10-15 knots. Small swells Special marking - 50 inch horizontal black stripe on vertical stabalizer, red markings on nose, wing tips, and top of vertical stabalizer. Capt Charles H. Mullin followed aircraft from target to vicinity of surface vessel (Sandiron). Maintained radio contact until after they announce intent to ditch (~5 min before attempt). Called in two F-51's (Wolfhound and Charley) which assisted in the search. Debris was sighted 10 min later. Capt Mullin flew over the debris at 500 ft and there were no signs of survivors.
8 DeCesareAnaclethe PatrickMAJUSAF★ Distinguished Flying Cross ★ Air Medal ★ Purple HeartMIAB-29A Superfortress44-86370 Lucky Dog1951-04-1293rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bombardment WingDamaged during Soviet MiG 15 attack, No. 1 engine caught fire, ditched at sea off Ryongampo, debris and oil slick found, no parachutes observed, extensive SAR effort negativeService Number: 11541A. Providence, Rhode Island - born January 13, 1918. Son of Thomas and Catherine De Cesare. Remembered Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington

Acft seen loosing altitude and trailing smoke. Ditching attempted at 38 deg 45 min N and 124 deg 50 min E. [3rd] Air Sea Rescue reported 2 large rafts, 1 small raft, and debris sighted but no survivors were seen in rafts. 3 British surface vessels searching area. 12 aboard.

Another AF doc sights: Date of Crash: 12 APR 51 - 1018 hrs Crash Location: 38 48'N, 124 32'E [this isn't quite the same as above] Body of 1 crew member [of 12 man crew] was recovered in the water after he had . [then document becomes unreadable] ... crash for survivors was suspended. After negative results, the active search for other crew members who might have parachuted was abandoned. Sea calm. Winds 10-15 knots. Small swells Special marking - 50 inch horizontal black stripe on vertical stabalizer, red markings on nose, wing tips, and top of vertical stabalizer. Capt Charles H. Mullin followed aircraft from target to vicinity of surface vessel (Sandiron). Maintained radio contact until after they announce intent to ditch (~5 min before attempt). Called in two F-51's (Wolfhound and Charley) which assisted in the search. Debris was sighted 10 min later. Capt Mullin flew over the debris at 500 ft and there were no signs of survivors.

9 Delgado Raymundo CAPTUSAFFor his leadership and valor, Captain Delgado was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.MIAB-29A Superfortress44-86370 Lucky Dog1951-04-1293rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bombardment WingDamaged during Soviet MiG 15 attack, No. 1 engine caught fire, ditched at sea off Ryongampo, debris and oil slick found, no parachutes observed, extensive SAR effort negativeEl Paso, Texas - born March 15, 1919. Service number was 684951 Remembered Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington

Acft seen loosing altitude and trailing smoke. Ditching attempted at 38 deg 45 min N and 124 deg 50 min E. [3rd] Air Sea Rescue reported 2 large rafts, 1 small raft, and debris sighted but no survivors were seen in rafts. 3 British surface vessels searching area. 12 aboard.

Another AF doc sights: Date of Crash: 12 APR 51 - 1018 hrs Crash Location: 38 48'N, 124 32'E [this isn't quite the same as above] Body of 1 crew member [of 12 man crew] was recovered in the water after he had . [then document becomes unreadable] ... crash for survivors was suspended. After negative results, the active search for other crew members who might have parachuted was abandoned. Sea calm. Winds 10-15 knots. Small swells Special marking - 50 inch horizontal black stripe on vertical stabalizer, red markings on nose, wing tips, and top of vertical stabalizer. Capt Charles H. Mullin followed aircraft from target to vicinity of surface vessel (Sandiron). Maintained radio contact until after they announce intent to ditch (~5 min before attempt). Called in two F-51's (Wolfhound and Charley) which assisted in the search. Debris was sighted 10 min later. Capt Mullin flew over the debris at 500 ft and there were no signs of survivors.


10 Dinger Allen CharlesSSGTUSAF★ Air Medal ★ Purple HeartMIAB-29A Superfortress44-86370 Lucky Dog1951-04-1293rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bombardment WingDamaged during Soviet MiG 15 attack, No. 1 engine caught fire, ditched at sea off Ryongampo, debris and oil slick found, no parachutes observed, extensive SAR effort negativePunxsutawney, Pennsylvania - born June 21, 1929. Service number was 13309774. Remembered Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington.

Acft seen loosing altitude and trailing smoke. Ditching attempted at 38 deg 45 min N and 124 deg 50 min E. [3rd] Air Sea Rescue reported 2 large rafts, 1 small raft, and debris sighted but no survivors were seen in rafts. 3 British surface vessels searching area. 12 aboard.

Another AF doc sights: Date of Crash: 12 APR 51 - 1018 hrs Crash Location: 38 48'N, 124 32'E [this isn't quite the same as above] Body of 1 crew member [of 12 man crew] was recovered in the water after he had . [then document becomes unreadable] ... crash for survivors was suspended. After negative results, the active search for other crew members who might have parachuted was abandoned. Sea calm. Winds 10-15 knots. Small swells Special marking - 50 inch horizontal black stripe on vertical stabalizer, red markings on nose, wing tips, and top of vertical stabalizer. Capt Charles H. Mullin followed aircraft from target to vicinity of surface vessel (Sandiron). Maintained radio contact until after they announce intent to ditch (~5 min before attempt). Called in two F-51's (Wolfhound and Charley) which assisted in the search. Debris was sighted 10 min later. Capt Mullin flew over the debris at 500 ft and there were no signs of survivors.


11 EasterJoseph Warren JrUSAFB-29A Superfortress44-61925 Chief Spokane: The Red Eraser1952-01-30This aircraft crashed at Kadena AFB following an in-flight fire in its #1 engine. The aircraft was destroyed by fire. One crew member died in the fire.Right gunner
12 FosterHarold KennethUSAFB-29A Superfortress44-61925 Chief Spokane: The Red Eraser1952-01-30This aircraft crashed at Kadena AFB following an in-flight fire in its #1 engine. The aircraft was destroyed by fire. One crew member died in the fire.IVO
13 GlennJohn HerschelMAJUSMC Assigned to USAFDFC, Air Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with one star), Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), and the China Service Medal, Korean Service Medal (with two campaign stars), United Nations Korea Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal (with one star), and the Korean War Service Medal.F-86F SabreN000211491953-07-1225th Fighter-Interceptor51st Ftr-Int Gp1 MIG-15 Victory

Glenn's Sabre 'Mig Mad Marine'

Born July 18, 1921 Cambridge Ohio Died December 8, 2016.

Enlisted as a U.S. Navy aviation cadet in March 1942. During advanced training at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas, he accepted an offer to transfer to the U.S. Marine Corps. Commissioned as a second lieutenant. Assigned to Marine Squadron VMJ-353, which flew R4D transport planes from there. Fighter squadron VMO-155 was also at Camp Kearny flying the Grumman F4F Wildcat. Glenn posted to VMO-155 on July 2, 1943, two days before the squadron moved to Marine Corps Air Station El Centro in California.VMO-155 re-equipped with the F4U Corsair in September 1943. Promoted to first lieutenant in October 1943, and shipped out to Hawaii in January 1944. VMO-155 became part of the garrison on Midway Atoll on February 21, then moved to the Marshall Islands in June 1944 and flew 57 combat missions in the area. Volunteered for service with the occupation in North China, believing it would be a short tour. He joined VMF-218 (another Corsair squadron), which was based at Nanyuan Field near Beijing, in December 1946, and flew patrol missions until VMF-218 was transferred to Guam in March 1947. Received the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with one star), Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), and the China Service Medal for his efforts. Ordered to South Korea in October 1952, late in the Korean War. Before he set out for Korea in February 1953, he applied to fly the F-86 Sabre jet fighter-interceptor through an inter-service exchange position with the U.S. Air Force (USAF). Reported to K-3, an airbase in South Korea, on February 3, 1953, and was assigned to be the operations officer for VMF-311, one of two Marine fighter squadrons there while he waited for the exchange assignment to go through. VMF-311 was equipped with the F9F Panther jet fighter-bomber. First mission was a reconnaissance flight on February 26. He flew 63 combat missions in Korea with VMF-311, and was nicknamed 'Magnet Ass' because of the number of flak hits he took on low-level close air support missions. Twice he returned to base with over 250 holes in his plane. In June 1953, Glenn reported for duty with the USAF's 25th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, and flew 27 combat missions in the F-86, a much faster aircraft than the F9F Panther, patrolling MiG Alley. He hoped to become the second Marine jet flying ace after John F. Bolt. Glenn’s USAF squadron mates painted 'MiG Mad Marine' on his aircraft when he complained about there not being any MIGs to shoot at. He shot down his first MiG in a dogfight on July 12, 1953, downed a second one on July 19, and a third on July 22 when four Sabres shot down three MiGs. These were the final air victories of the war, which ended with an armistice five days later.
14 Goodwin Bobbie Alfred1LTUSAFAir Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.MIAB-29A Superfortress44-86370 Lucky Dog1951-04-1293rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bombardment WingDamaged during Soviet MiG 15 attack, No. 1 engine caught fire, ditched at sea off Ryongampo, debris and oil slick found, no parachutes observed, extensive SAR effort negativeAda, Oklahoma - born April 11, 1926. Son of Mrs. Ruth J. Goodwin of Ada, Oklahoma. Service number was 1909842. Remembered Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington.

Acft seen loosing altitude and trailing smoke. Ditching attempted at 38 deg 45 min N and 124 deg 50 min E. [3rd] Air Sea Rescue reported 2 large rafts, 1 small raft, and debris sighted but no survivors were seen in rafts. 3 British surface vessels searching area. 12 aboard.

Another AF doc sights: Date of Crash: 12 APR 51 - 1018 hrs Crash Location: 38 48'N, 124 32'E [this isn't quite the same as above] Body of 1 crew member [of 12 man crew] was recovered in the water after he had . [then document becomes unreadable] ... crash for survivors was suspended. After negative results, the active search for other crew members who might have parachuted was abandoned. Sea calm. Winds 10-15 knots. Small swells Special marking - 50 inch horizontal black stripe on vertical stabalizer, red markings on nose, wing tips, and top of vertical stabalizer. Capt Charles H. Mullin followed aircraft from target to vicinity of surface vessel (Sandiron). Maintained radio contact until after they announce intent to ditch (~5 min before attempt). Called in two F-51's (Wolfhound and Charley) which assisted in the search. Debris was sighted 10 min later. Capt Mullin flew over the debris at 500 ft and there were no signs of survivors.



15 GoudiceDaniel EdwardUSAFB-29A Superfortress44-61925 Chief Spokane: The Red Eraser1952-01-30This aircraft crashed at Kadena AFB following an in-flight fire in its #1 engine. The aircraft was destroyed by fire. One crew member died in the fire.Bombardier
16 HammJoseph Grinnell JrUSAFB-29A Superfortress44-61925 Chief Spokane: The Red Eraser1952-01-30This aircraft crashed at Kadena AFB following an in-flight fire in its #1 engine. The aircraft was destroyed by fire. One crew member died in the fire.Engineer
17 HarveyGordon RFLTLTRAAFDFC DFC (USA) American Air MedalRMCF-51D MustangA68-7721951-01-1977 SquadronRAAFHit by ground fire, caught fire, crash-landed on island in Taedong River SW of Pyongyang. Elevator damage from ground fireChinese Communist Force Headquarters, Pyongyang was the target for the Squadron's first autonomous mission on 19 January 1951. The plan called for two sections of 6 aircraft each. The first section armed with two 500 lb general purpose (GP) bombs and four rockets. The second section armed with two napalm bombs and four rockets. The first section opened the attack by dive bombing the headquarters buildings, scoring four direct hits. The second section then attacked with both its napalm and rockets. The anti-aircraft fire was intense but was quickly silenced when the first section returned to strafe the gun positions.

One wintry afternoon in 1951 he took off to attack Pyongyang on his 84th combat mission. In the skies above Pyongyang Flight-Lieutenant Gordon Harvey fired his brace of rockets at the North Korean capital designated target and headed for home, keeping low to avoid flak. Then ground fire hit his Mustang fighter-bomber. Oil poured out of the engine coating the windscreen black and forcing the then 27-year-old RAAF pilot to fly blind as he desperately scanned the snow. Eventually he spied an open spot and brought his aircraft down for a belly landing on a snowbank outside the town. Lieutenant G. Harvey had radioed that his aircraft (A68-772) was losing power and that he was going to attempt a forced landing. Harvey successfully landed wheels up on an island in the frozen Taedong River, just north west of the North Korean capital.

The following day four of the Squadron's Mustangs searched in hope that Harvey may have evaded capture. The search failed to find any trace of the missing airman who had been taken prisoner soon after landing. On April 28, 1951, Harvey and two Americans escaped and remained on the run for six days until recaptured by Korean civilians. They were punished so severely that one of the Americans died and Harvey was put into a two-metre-deep hole for a month and a half. Harvey was shifted to a Chinese camp where the physical treatment was a little less harsh but he was forced to attend political lectures for eight hours a day and was forced to appear attentive to avoid punishment. He and the other POWs were allowed to read translations of Russian novels and provided with copies of Australian communist newspapers, Sydney's Tribune and Melbourne's Guardian.

FLTLT Harvey (the first pilot in the Squadron to fly 100 missions) He was released on 28 August 1953. He later commanded 77 Squadron in Malaya, flying Sabre jet fighters. Over the next three decades he had command of both 76 and 77 Squadrons and taught fighter tactics at the US "top gun" school in Nevada. He also helped establish the fledgling Malaysian Air Force and served as air attache in Paris. Former RAAF Chief of Air Staff Air Marshall "Jake" Newham described Harvey as "one of the finest; upright in every sense and a great pilot".

He died in 2018 aged 94

Harvey pictured on his release, 20KG lighter.
Harvey with wife Mikie in 2018
18 Henson Shields Taylor 'Toby'SSGTUSAFAir Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.MIAB-29A Superfortress44-86370 Lucky Dog1951-04-1293rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bombardment WingDamaged during Soviet MiG 15 attack, No. 1 engine caught fire, ditched at sea off Ryongampo, debris and oil slick found, no parachutes observed, extensive SAR effort negativeCincinnati, Ohio - born May 20, 1927 Service number was 45007766. Remembered Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington

Acft seen loosing altitude and trailing smoke. Ditching attempted at 38 deg 45 min N and 124 deg 50 min E. [3rd] Air Sea Rescue reported 2 large rafts, 1 small raft, and debris sighted but no survivors were seen in rafts. 3 British surface vessels searching area. 12 aboard.

Another AF doc sights: Date of Crash: 12 APR 51 - 1018 hrs Crash Location: 38 48'N, 124 32'E [this isn't quite the same as above] Body of 1 crew member [of 12 man crew] was recovered in the water after he had . [then document becomes unreadable] ... crash for survivors was suspended. After negative results, the active search for other crew members who might have parachuted was abandoned. Sea calm. Winds 10-15 knots. Small swells Special marking - 50 inch horizontal black stripe on vertical stabalizer, red markings on nose, wing tips, and top of vertical stabalizer. Capt Charles H. Mullin followed aircraft from target to vicinity of surface vessel (Sandiron). Maintained radio contact until after they announce intent to ditch (~5 min before attempt). Called in two F-51's (Wolfhound and Charley) which assisted in the search. Debris was sighted 10 min later. Capt Mullin flew over the debris at 500 ft and there were no signs of survivors.


19 Higgins George WashingtonSSGTUSAFPurple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea War Service MedalRCVB-29A Superfortress44-86370 Lucky Dog1951-04-1293rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bombardment WingDamaged during Soviet MiG 15 attack, No. 1 engine caught fire, ditched at sea off Ryongampo, debris and oil slick found, no parachutes observed, extensive SAR effort negativeMorristown, Tennessee - born February 22, 1928. Service number was 17256935. His remains were recovered on April 17, 1951 by a surface vessel. They were returned to the USA and interned at Emma Jarnigon Cemetery on January 02, 1952 with full military honors by the USAF from Dalton AFB in Greenville, South Carolina.


Acft seen loosing altitude and trailing smoke. Ditching attempted at 38 deg 45 min N and 124 deg 50 min E. [3rd] Air Sea Rescue reported 2 large rafts, 1 small raft, and debris sighted but no survivors were seen in rafts. 3 British surface vessels searching area. 12 aboard.

Another AF doc sights: Date of Crash: 12 APR 51 - 1018 hrs Crash Location: 38 48'N, 124 32'E [this isn't quite the same as above] Body of 1 crew member [of 12 man crew] was recovered in the water after he had . [then document becomes unreadable] ... crash for survivors was suspended. After negative results, the active search for other crew members who might have parachuted was abandoned. Sea calm. Winds 10-15 knots. Small swells Special marking - 50 inch horizontal black stripe on vertical stabalizer, red markings on nose, wing tips, and top of vertical stabalizer. Capt Charles H. Mullin followed aircraft from target to vicinity of surface vessel (Sandiron). Maintained radio contact until after they announce intent to ditch (~5 min before attempt). Called in two F-51's (Wolfhound and Charley) which assisted in the search. Debris was sighted 10 min later. Capt Mullin flew over the debris at 500 ft and there were no signs of survivors.



20 Kirby Jr.Fred StephensonSSGTUSAFMIAB-29A Superfortress44-86370 Lucky Dog1951-04-1293rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bombardment WingDamaged during Soviet MiG 15 attack, No. 1 engine caught fire, ditched at sea off Ryongampo, debris and oil slick found, no parachutes observed, extensive SAR effort negativeTail Gunner. Richmond, Virginia - born July 12, 1925

Acft seen loosing altitude and trailing smoke. Ditching attempted at 38 deg 45 min N and 124 deg 50 min E. [3rd] Air Sea Rescue reported 2 large rafts, 1 small raft, and debris sighted but no survivors were seen in rafts. 3 British surface vessels searching area. 12 aboard.

Another AF doc sights: Date of Crash: 12 APR 51 - 1018 hrs Crash Location: 38 48'N, 124 32'E [this isn't quite the same as above] Body of 1 crew member [of 12 man crew] was recovered in the water after he had . [then document becomes unreadable] ... crash for survivors was suspended. After negative results, the active search for other crew members who might have parachuted was abandoned. Sea calm. Winds 10-15 knots. Small swells Special marking - 50 inch horizontal black stripe on vertical stabalizer, red markings on nose, wing tips, and top of vertical stabalizer. Capt Charles H. Mullin followed aircraft from target to vicinity of surface vessel (Sandiron). Maintained radio contact until after they announce intent to ditch (~5 min before attempt). Called in two F-51's (Wolfhound and Charley) which assisted in the search. Debris was sighted 10 min later. Capt Mullin flew over the debris at 500 ft and there were no signs of survivors.
21 LeoneAnthony JrUSAFB-29A Superfortress44-61925 Chief Spokane: The Red Eraser1952-01-30This aircraft crashed at Kadena AFB following an in-flight fire in its #1 engine. The aircraft was destroyed by fire. One crew member died in the fire.KIA Radio Operator. He was the only fatality in the fire/crash.
22 Little David LCAPTUSAFRMCB-29A Superfortress44-863271951-06-01343rd Bombardment Squadron98th Bombardment Wing4 B-29s headed for Kwaksan RR bridge, downed by MiGs (24 MiGs in area), No. 3 engine on fire, 4 parachutes observed by crew of B-29 6272. Wing set on fire. The pilot of the Russian MiG was Yevgeny Mikhailovich Stelmah. Some crewmen were able to parachute into enemy lines. 4 flights of 4 18th FBGpRemains recovered
23 LittleJames WMajorUSAFF-82 Twin Mustang8099A1950-06-27339th Fighter Interceptor6162nd ABW1 LA-7 Victory
24 LittleDonald E1st LtUSAFF-86 SabreAO08357411952-01-0625th Fighter-Interceptor51st Ftr-Int Gp1 MIG-15 Victory
25 McCowenWilliam IrvingUSAFB-29A Superfortress44-61925 Chief Spokane: The Red Eraser1952-01-30This aircraft crashed at Kadena AFB following an in-flight fire in its #1 engine. The aircraft was destroyed by fire. One crew member died in the fire.Pilot
26 RisnerRobinson 'Robbie'MAJUSAFF-86 Sabre336th Fighter Squadron4th Fighter Interceptor WingBorn Arkansas on January 16, 1925 Died October 22, 2013. 8 Victories KoreaBrigadier General and a fighter pilot in the USAF. During the Vietnam War, Risner was a double recipient of the Air Force Cross, the second highest military decoration for valor that can be awarded to a member of the USAF, awarded the first for valor in aerial combat and the second for gallantry as a prisoner of war of the North Vietnamese for more than seven years. He was the first living recipient of the medal. Risner became an ace in the Korean War and commanded a squadron of F-105 Thunderchiefs in the first missions of Operation Rolling Thunder in 1965. He flew a combined 163 combat missions, was shot down twice, and was credited with destroying eight MiG-15s. Risner retired as a brigadier general in 1976. At his death, Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III observed: 'Brig. Gen. James Robinson Robbie Risner was part of that legendary group who served in three wars, built an Air Force, and gave us an enduring example of courage and mission success... Today's Airmen know we stand on the shoulders of giants. One of 'em is 9 feet tall... and headed west in full afterburner.'

Risner was recalled to active duty in February 1951 while assigned to the 185th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the OKANG at Will Rogers Field in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He subsequently received training in the F-80 Shooting Star at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. Risner's determination to be assigned to a combat unit was nearly ended when on his last day before going overseas he broke his hand and wrist falling from a horse. Robinson deliberately concealed the injury, which would have grounded him, until able to convince a flight surgeon that the injury had healed. He actually had his cast removed to fly his first mission. Risner arrived in Korea on May 10, 1952, assigned to the 15th Reconnaissance Squadron at Kimpo Air Base. In June, when the 336th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, also at Kimpo, sought experienced pilots, he arranged a transfer to 4th Fighter Wing through the intervention of a former OKANG associate. Risner was often assigned to fly F-86E-10, AF serial no. 51-2824, nicknamed Ohio Mike and bearing a large cartoon rendition of Bugs Bunny as nose art, in which he achieved most of his aerial victories. His first two months of combat saw little contact with MiGs, and although a flight leader, he took a three-day leave to Japan in early August. The day after his arrival, he returned to Korea when he learned that MiGs were operational. Arriving at Kimpo in the middle of the night, he joined his flight which was on alert status. The flight of four F-86 Sabres launched and encountered 14 MiG-15s. In a brief dogfight, Risner shot down one to score his first aerial victory on August 5, 1952. On September 15, Risner's flight escorted F-84 Thunderjet fighter-bombers attacking a chemical plant on the Yalu River near the East China Sea. During their defense of the bombers, Risner's flight overflew the MiG base at Antung Airfield, China. Fighting one MiG at nearly supersonic speeds at ground level, Risner pursued it down a dry riverbed and across low hills to an airfield 35 miles inside China. Scoring numerous hits on the MiG, shooting off its canopy, and setting it on fire, Risner chased it between hangars of the Communist airbase, where he shot it down into parked fighters. On the return flight, Risner's wingman, 1st Lt. Joseph Logan, was struck in his fuel tanks by anti-aircraft fire over Antung. In an effort to help him reach Kimpo, Risner attempted to push Logan's aircraft by having him shut down his engine and inserting the nose of his own jet into the tailpipe of Logan's, an unprecedented and untried maneuver. The object of the maneuver was to push Logan's aircraft to the island of Cho Do off the North Korean coast, where the Air Force maintained a helicopter rescue detachment. Jet fuel and hydraulic fluid spewed out from the damaged Sabre onto Risner's canopy, obscuring his vision, and turbulence kept separating the two jets. Risner was able to re-establish contact and guide the powerless plane out over the sea until fluids threatened to stall his own engine. Near Cho Do, Logan bailed out after calling to Risner, 'I'll see you at the base tonight.' Although Logan came down close to shore and was a strong swimmer, he became entangled in his parachute shrouds and drowned. Risner shut down his own engine in an attempt to save fuel, but eventually his engine flamed out and he glided to a deadstick landing at Kimpo. On September 21, he shot down his fifth MiG, becoming the 20th jet ace. In October 1952 Risner was promoted to major and named operations officer of the 336th FIS. Risner flew 108 missions in Korea and was credited with the destruction of eight MiG-15s, his final victory occurring January 21, 1953.

27 RoseJoe BUSAFB-29A Superfortress44-61925 Chief Spokane: The Red Eraser1952-01-30This aircraft crashed at Kadena AFB following an in-flight fire in its #1 engine. The aircraft was destroyed by fire. One crew member died in the fire.Left gunner
28 Rudat Fred OCAPTUSAFAir Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.MIAB-29A Superfortress44-86370 Lucky Dog1951-04-1293rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bombardment WingDamaged during Soviet MiG 15 attack, No. 1 engine caught fire, ditched at sea off Ryongampo, debris and oil slick found, no parachutes observed, extensive SAR effort negativeColumbus, Nebraska - born July 11, 1920. Remembered at Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

Acft seen loosing altitude and trailing smoke. Ditching attempted at 38 deg 45 min N and 124 deg 50 min E. [3rd] Air Sea Rescue reported 2 large rafts, 1 small raft, and debris sighted but no survivors were seen in rafts. 3 British surface vessels searching area. 12 aboard.

Another AF doc sights: Date of Crash: 12 APR 51 - 1018 hrs Crash Location: 38 48'N, 124 32'E [this isn't quite the same as above] Body of 1 crew member [of 12 man crew] was recovered in the water after he had . [then document becomes unreadable] ... crash for survivors was suspended. After negative results, the active search for other crew members who might have parachuted was abandoned. Sea calm. Winds 10-15 knots. Small swells Special marking - 50 inch horizontal black stripe on vertical stabalizer, red markings on nose, wing tips, and top of vertical stabalizer. Capt Charles H. Mullin followed aircraft from target to vicinity of surface vessel (Sandiron). Maintained radio contact until after they announce intent to ditch (~5 min before attempt). Called in two F-51's (Wolfhound and Charley) which assisted in the search. Debris was sighted 10 min later. Capt Mullin flew over the debris at 500 ft and there were no signs of survivors.


29 Sullivan Dave P1LTUSAFMIAB-26B Invader44-342811952-02-2113th Bmb Sq(L) 3rd Bmb Wg (L)Working Red One Nine, last contact at 0015L, Kumchon area, 3rd ARS helos and Fifth AF fighters searched area, negative results
30 Williams Theodore S 'Ted'CAPTUSMCAir MedalNIJF9F-5 Panther1261091953-02-16VMF-311 Tomcats
MAG-33Hit by small arms fire, landed at K-13 in flames, aircraft total lossOne of Glenn’s buddies in VMF-311 was legendary Red Sox hitter Ted Williams. The ball player was called up by the Marine reserves and flew thirty-nine combat missions over Korea. Flak knocked out the hydraulics and electronics of his F9F while he was raiding a training camp south of Pyongyang. Unwilling to risk injury to his knees by ejecting, Williams piloted his flaming Panther all the way back to base. The Californian emerged unscathed from a fiery crash landing. and was playing ball again within a year.
31 Wilson Jr.James Swayne Jr1LTUSAFRCVB-29A Superfortress44-69682 Hot Box1951-04-1293rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bombardment WingAttacked by 15-20 MiGs, No. 2 engine and then entire wing caught fire, exploded, crashed into mountain, tail gunner of B-29 6323 observed crash, no parachutes observed but there is strong evidence that some of the crew survived the attack and were taken POW.Memphis, Tennessee - born September 21, 1921 Remains recovered 1993 KIA April 12, 1951 in Korea, Remains returned 1993
James Swayne Wilson, Jr. Captain, United States Air Force 50 Years Later, MIA Memorialized
Friday, May 25, 2001
WASHINGTON –– Fifty years after losing her father to war on the Korean peninsula, Pat Dunton can finally do more than just imagine his fate. She can bury him. For all those years, she and her family waited and wondered: Did he die when his Air Force B-29 bomber was shot down? Did he survive, only to perish in a POW camp? What became of his remains? Now, this Memorial Day, answers. With the help of DNA samples, military forensics specialists have concluded that remains received from the North Korean government in 1993 are those of Air Force Lieutenant James Swayne Wilson Jr., the navigator on a B-29 shot down by enemy fighters near the Yalu River on April 12, 1951.
Dunton and other family members will hold a memorial service for him June 22, 2001, at the Ft. Myer Chapel, followed by burial next door at Arlington National Cemetery, with military honors.
"I finally know what happened to my dad, and I'm bringing him home," she said in an interview. Wilson was 29 years old and had arrived in Asia to join the war just 16 days before his fateful flight. He was no newcomer to flying, though. He flew B-17s and B-24s during World War II, then got out, only to be recalled for his navigator skills shortly after the Korean War began in 1950. When he shipped out, his wife stayed behind in Tennessee. They planned to build a new house in Memphis for their young family. Dunton, born on her father's birthday in 1947, was 3½ years old when her mother received the news.
"We are doing everything possible to recover your husband," the Air Force wrote.
There was no search for survivors, Dunton found out later, because the B-29 went down in enemy territory. It was attacked by Soviet MiG-15 fighters while making a daylight bombing run against a Yalu River bridge connecting the North Korean city of Sinuiju and Antung, China. As many as three of the 11 men aboard survived the shootdown and were held prisoner. Two returned home when the war ended in 1953. In a wartime report to the International Red Cross and in radio broadcasts, North Korea claimed to be holding other members of the crew, including Wilson. But as it turned out – at least in Wilson's case – that was a lie. U.S. forensics experts were able to determine from his remains that he died in the crash, although that fact did not reach Dunton until last fall.
"It is too hard to relate what I remember about him," she says. "It is more a sense of him than a specific memory. I felt safe."
Wilson was among more than 8,000 U.S. servicemen who had not been accounted for when the Korean War ended in a stalemate. The truce was so tenuous that four decades passed before a U.S. military representative again set foot in that reclusive, communist country to recover bones of the missing. Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea unilaterally turned over 208 sets of remains that it said were American servicemen killed in the war. The first among those to be positively identified were three members of Wilson's B-29 crew: Lieuenant George Aaron, the pilot; Second Lieutenant Elmer T. Bullock, the radar observer, and Master Sergeant Robert Wilson Jones, the flight engineer. Wilson's dog tag was included with the remains, but it took mitochondrial DNA technology to confirm that bones were his. The burial at Arlington will mark the end of a long, emotional journey for Dunton, of Coppell, Texas, who has spent much of her 53 years combing military archives, questioning Air Force casualty officers, working with relatives of other missing-in-action servicemen and even traveling to North Korea in 1997 to observe a Pentagon search for the remains of MIAs.
What she found on that lonely trail sometimes shocked her, often saddened her, always reminded her of why the Korean War, which killed more than 33,000 U.S. troops, became known as the Forgotten War. When the fighting ended, so, by and large, did the Pentagon's efforts to recover the missing or to inform their families. After Dunton turned 21 and gained legal status, as "primary next of kin," to request her father's military records, the Air Force casualty office told her it had kept no Korean War-era records of interest to her. "We threw out all of those records because we had to make room for Vietnam," she says they told her. When you hear Dunton explain what drove her to battle the bureaucracy for decades in search of answers, you understand, if only superficially, the pain the Korean War inflicted on thousands of American families. Dunton grew up wondering what stole her father from her life.
Now that her father's remains can be returned home for a final goodbye, Dunton feels fortunate, though reminders are still there. One is his final letter home, sent the day of his final flight. Looking back on it, Dunton believes her father was trying to shield her mother from the true dangers.
"Don't worry," he wrote. "The only trouble we have is with the weather."
32 Winters Melvin PCAPTUSAFDistinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.MIAB-29A Superfortress44-86370 Lucky Dog1951-04-1293rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bombardment WingDamaged during Soviet MiG 15 attack, No. 1 engine caught fire, ditched at sea off Ryongampo, debris and oil slick found, no parachutes observed, extensive SAR effort negativeTecumseh, Oklahoma - born February 19, 1925. Service number was 17256.

Acft seen loosing altitude and trailing smoke. Ditching attempted at 38 deg 45 min N and 124 deg 50 min E. [3rd] Air Sea Rescue reported 2 large rafts, 1 small raft, and debris sighted but no survivors were seen in rafts. 3 British surface vessels searching area. 12 aboard.

Another AF doc sights: Date of Crash: 12 APR 51 - 1018 hrs Crash Location: 38 48'N, 124 32'E [this isn't quite the same as above] Body of 1 crew member [of 12 man crew] was recovered in the water after he had . [then document becomes unreadable] ... crash for survivors was suspended. After negative results, the active search for other crew members who might have parachuted was abandoned. Sea calm. Winds 10-15 knots. Small swells Special marking - 50 inch horizontal black stripe on vertical stabalizer, red markings on nose, wing tips, and top of vertical stabalizer. Capt Charles H. Mullin followed aircraft from target to vicinity of surface vessel (Sandiron). Maintained radio contact until after they announce intent to ditch (~5 min before attempt). Called in two F-51's (Wolfhound and Charley) which assisted in the search. Debris was sighted 10 min later. Capt Mullin flew over the debris at 500 ft and there were no signs of survivors.
33 Wisdom Warren B1LTUSAFMIAB-26B Invader44-342811952-02-2113th Bmb Sq(L) 3rd Bmb Wg (L)Working Red One Nine, last contact at 0015L, Kumchon area, 3rd ARS helos and Fifth AF fighters searched area, negative results
34 WithunRobert RUSAFB-29A Superfortress44-61925 Chief Spokane: The Red Eraser1952-01-30This aircraft crashed at Kadena AFB following an in-flight fire in its #1 engine. The aircraft was destroyed by fire. One crew member died in the fire.Tail gunner
35 WolfertFrederick EdwinUSAFB-29A Superfortress44-61925 Chief Spokane: The Red Eraser1952-01-30This aircraft crashed at Kadena AFB following an in-flight fire in its #1 engine. The aircraft was destroyed by fire. One crew member died in the fire.VC
36 WynnDonald DeweyUSAFB-29A Superfortress44-61925 Chief Spokane: The Red Eraser1952-01-30This aircraft crashed at Kadena AFB following an in-flight fire in its #1 engine. The aircraft was destroyed by fire. One crew member died in the fire.Aircraft Commander
37 BeyerFrank Ernest1LTUSAFPurple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.MIARB-50RB50G-47145 Little Red Ass1953-07-2991st Strategic RCN SQD55th Strategic Reconnaissance WingShot down on secret missionLost at Sea. AAF MOS 141-Electronics Officer. Service Number AO-209328. From Webber Falls, Oklahoma

Built by Boeing. Manufacture Number 15830. Delivered to the U. S. Air Force (USAF) as B-50B-50-BO Superfortress Serial Number 47-145. This bomber was modified as RB-50G ELINT with additional radar and B-50D type nose, sometimes also referred to as RB-50D. Assigned to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (91st SRS) at Yokato AFB.

Built by Boeing. Manufacture Number 15830. Delivered to the U. S. Air Force (USAF) as B-50B-50-BO Superfortress Serial Number 47-145. This bomber was modified as RB-50G ELINT with additional radar and B-50D type nose, sometimes also referred to as RB-50D. Assigned to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (91st SRS) at Yokato AFB.

This RB-50 flew from Honshu on a mission in North Korea and was shot down over Sea of Japan southeast of Vladivostok at 42-17N, 133-15 East, by two Soviet pilots (Yablonskiy and Rybakov in either MiG 15 or MiG 17) in the region of Cape Gamov on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. Declassified U.S. government documents state that the aircraft was on a 'routine navigational mission in air space over the international waters off the Sea of Japan'.

Memorialized 55th SRWA Memorial USAF Museum Dayton Ohio
38 BrownFrancis LutherMSGTUSAFKilledRB-50 SuperfortressRB50G-47145 Little Red Ass1953-07-2991st Strategic RCN SQD55th Strategic Reconnaissance WingShot down on secret missionFlight engineer. AF1905397 (KIA, BR) Modesto, CA Badly injured, in shock, died from over exposure in Sea of Japan. Body recovered. Brown was officially declared dead on July 29, 1953. He is buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery at section R, site 340.

Built by Boeing. Manufacture Number 15830. Delivered to the U. S. Air Force (USAF) as B-50B-50-BO Superfortress Serial Number 47-145. This bomber was modified as RB-50G ELINT with additional radar and B-50D type nose, sometimes also referred to as RB-50D. Assigned to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (91st SRS) at Yokato AFB.

This RB-50 flew from Honshu on a mission in North Korea and was shot down over Sea of Japan southeast of Vladivostok at 42-17N, 133-15 East, by two Soviet pilots (Yablonskiy and Rybakov in either MiG 15 or MiG 17) in the region of Cape Gamov on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. Declassified U.S. government documents state that the aircraft was on a 'routine navigational mission in air space over the international waters off the Sea of Japan'.

Memorialized 55th SRWA Memorial USAF Museum Dayton Ohio

39 CzyzEdmund Joseph1LTUSAFKilledRB-50 SuperfortressRB50G-47145 Little Red Ass1953-07-2991st Strategic RCN SQD55th Strategic Reconnaissance WingShot down on secret missionNavigator. AO2072656 (MIA / KIA) Chicago, IL

Built by Boeing. Manufacture Number 15830. Delivered to the U. S. Air Force (USAF) as B-50B-50-BO Superfortress Serial Number 47-145. This bomber was modified as RB-50G ELINT with additional radar and B-50D type nose, sometimes also referred to as RB-50D. Assigned to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (91st SRS) at Yokato AFB.

This RB-50 flew from Honshu on a mission in North Korea and was shot down over Sea of Japan southeast of Vladivostok at 42-17N, 133-15 East, by two Soviet pilots (Yablonskiy and Rybakov in either MiG 15 or MiG 17) in the region of Cape Gamov on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. Declassified U.S. government documents state that the aircraft was on a 'routine navigational mission in air space over the international waters off the Sea of Japan'.

Memorialized 55th SRWA Memorial USAF Museum Dayton Ohio
40 GabreeDonald WayneSSGTUSAFKilledRB-50 SuperfortressRB50G-47145 Little Red Ass1953-07-2991st Strategic RCN SQD55th Strategic Reconnaissance WingShot down on secret missionCrew AF19333787 (MIA / KIA) Montpelier, VT. Built by Boeing. Manufacture Number 15830. Delivered to the U. S. Air Force (USAF) as B-50B-50-BO Superfortress Serial Number 47-145. This bomber was modified as RB-50G ELINT with additional radar and B-50D type nose, sometimes also referred to as RB-50D. Assigned to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (91st SRS) at Yokato AFB.

This RB-50 flew from Honshu on a mission in North Korea and was shot down over Sea of Japan southeast of Vladivostok at 42-17N, 133-15 East, by two Soviet pilots (Yablonskiy and Rybakov in either MiG 15 or MiG 17) in the region of Cape Gamov on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. Declassified U.S. government documents state that the aircraft was on a 'routine navigational mission in air space over the international waters off the Sea of Japan'.

Memorialized 55th SRWA Memorial USAF Museum Dayton Ohio. Gabree has a memorial marker at Hope Cemetery in Waterbury, VT. He also has another memorial marker at Golden Gate National Cemetery at section MA, site 46.

Golden Gate Cemetery

Dayton Ohio

Hope Cemetery Vermont
41 GouletRoland EdgarUSAFA1CKilledRB-50 SuperfortressRB50G-47145 Little Red Ass1953-07-2991st Strategic RCN SQD55th Strategic Reconnaissance WingShot down on secret missionCrew AF12323933 (MIA / KIA) Lost at Sea

Built by Boeing. Manufacture Number 15830. Delivered to the U. S. Air Force (USAF) as B-50B-50-BO Superfortress Serial Number 47-145. This bomber was modified as RB-50G ELINT with additional radar and B-50D type nose, sometimes also referred to as RB-50D. Assigned to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (91st SRS) at Yokato AFB.

This RB-50 flew from Honshu on a mission in North Korea and was shot down over Sea of Japan southeast of Vladivostok at 42-17N, 133-15 East, by two Soviet pilots (Yablonskiy and Rybakov in either MiG 15 or MiG 17) in the region of Cape Gamov on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. Declassified U.S. government documents state that the aircraft was on a 'routine navigational mission in air space over the international waters off the Sea of Japan'.

Memorialized 55th SRWA Memorial USAF Museum Dayton Ohio
42 HillDonald GeorgeSSGTUSAFKilledRB-50 SuperfortressRB50G-47145 Little Red Ass1953-07-2991st Strategic RCN SQD55th Strategic Reconnaissance WingShot down on secret missionCrew AF19353976 (MIA / KIA) Built by Boeing. Manufacture Number 15830. Delivered to the U. S. Air Force (USAF) as B-50B-50-BO Superfortress Serial Number 47-145. This bomber was modified as RB-50G ELINT with additional radar and B-50D type nose, sometimes also referred to as RB-50D. Assigned to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (91st SRS) at Yokato AFB.

This RB-50 flew from Honshu on a mission in North Korea and was shot down over Sea of Japan southeast of Vladivostok at 42-17N, 133-15 East, by two Soviet pilots (Yablonskiy and Rybakov in either MiG 15 or MiG 17) in the region of Cape Gamov on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. Declassified U.S. government documents state that the aircraft was on a 'routine navigational mission in air space over the international waters off the Sea of Japan'.

Memorialized 55th SRWA Memorial USAF Museum Dayton Ohio
43 KeithJames Gordon1LTUSAFKilledRB-50 SuperfortressRB50G-47145 Little Red Ass1953-07-2991st Strategic RCN SQD55th Strategic Reconnaissance WingShot down on secret missionNavigator. AO2092926 (WIA, died) Hobart, OK He was situated in the nose of the aircraft and was thrown from his position and mortally wounded.Built by Boeing. Manufacture Number 15830. Delivered to the U. S. Air Force (USAF) as B-50B-50-BO Superfortress Serial Number 47-145. This bomber was modified as RB-50G ELINT with additional radar and B-50D type nose, sometimes also referred to as RB-50D. Assigned to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (91st SRS) at Yokato AFB.

This RB-50 flew from Honshu on a mission in North Korea and was shot down over Sea of Japan southeast of Vladivostok at 42-17N, 133-15 East, by two Soviet pilots (Yablonskiy and Rybakov in either MiG 15 or MiG 17) in the region of Cape Gamov on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. Declassified U.S. government documents state that the aircraft was on a 'routine navigational mission in air space over the international waters off the Sea of Japan'.

Memorialized 55th SRWA Memorial USAF Museum Dayton Ohio
44 O'KelleyStanley KeithCAPTUSAFKilledRB-50 SuperfortressRB50G-47145 Little Red Ass1953-07-2991st Strategic RCN SQD55th Strategic Reconnaissance WingShot down on secret missionPilot. AO776002 (KIA, BR) Dunsmuir, CA. Aircraft commander - died of exposure in Roche's presence while waiting in the water for rescue - body recovered. Pilot O'Kelley was officially declared dead on July 29, 1953. He is buried at San Francisco National Cemetery at section OS, row 9, site 4.

Built by Boeing. Manufacture Number 15830. Delivered to the U. S. Air Force (USAF) as B-50B-50-BO Superfortress Serial Number 47-145. This bomber was modified as RB-50G ELINT with additional radar and B-50D type nose, sometimes also referred to as RB-50D. Assigned to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (91st SRS) at Yokato AFB.

This RB-50 flew from Honshu on a mission in North Korea and was shot down over Sea of Japan southeast of Vladivostok at 42-17N, 133-15 East, by two Soviet pilots (Yablonskiy and Rybakov in either MiG 15 or MiG 17) in the region of Cape Gamov on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. Declassified U.S. government documents state that the aircraft was on a 'routine navigational mission in air space over the international waters off the Sea of Japan'.

Memorialized 55th SRWA Memorial USAF Museum Dayton Ohio

San Francisco
45 RadelinEarl Wilbur JrUSAFA2CKilledRB-50 SuperfortressRB50G-47145 Little Red Ass1953-07-2991st Strategic RCN SQD55th Strategic Reconnaissance WingShot down on secret missionCrew AF14370732 (MIA / KIA) Chattanooga, TN

Built by Boeing. Manufacture Number 15830. Delivered to the U. S. Air Force (USAF) as B-50B-50-BO Superfortress Serial Number 47-145. This bomber was modified as RB-50G ELINT with additional radar and B-50D type nose, sometimes also referred to as RB-50D. Assigned to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (91st SRS) at Yokato AFB.

This RB-50 flew from Honshu on a mission in North Korea and was shot down over Sea of Japan southeast of Vladivostok at 42-17N, 133-15 East, by two Soviet pilots (Yablonskiy and Rybakov in either MiG 15 or MiG 17) in the region of Cape Gamov on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. Declassified U.S. government documents state that the aircraft was on a 'routine navigational mission in air space over the international waters off the Sea of Japan'.

Memorialized 55th SRWA Memorial USAF Museum Dayton Ohio
46 RocheJohn Ernst 'Packy'CAPTUSAFRescuedRB-50 SuperfortressRB50G-47145 Little Red Ass1953-07-2991st Strategic RCN SQD55th Strategic Reconnaissance WingShot down on secret missionCo-pilot - He was rescued the next day on July 30, 1953. AO2029268 DATE OF BIRTH: 03/24/1917 DATE OF DEATH: 11/04/2007 ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

Built by Boeing. Manufacture Number 15830. Delivered to the U. S. Air Force (USAF) as B-50B-50-BO Superfortress Serial Number 47-145. This bomber was modified as RB-50G ELINT with additional radar and B-50D type nose, sometimes also referred to as RB-50D. Assigned to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (91st SRS) at Yokato AFB.

This RB-50 flew from Honshu on a mission in North Korea and was shot down over Sea of Japan southeast of Vladivostok at 42-17N, 133-15 East, by two Soviet pilots (Yablonskiy and Rybakov in either MiG 15 or MiG 17) in the region of Cape Gamov on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. Declassified U.S. government documents state that the aircraft was on a 'routine navigational mission in air space over the international waters off the Sea of Japan'.

Memorialized 55th SRWA Memorial USAF Museum Dayton Ohio

Arlington
47 RussellCharles JosephA2CUSAFKilledRB-50 SuperfortressRB50G-47145 Little Red Ass1953-07-2991st Strategic RCN SQD55th Strategic Reconnaissance WingShot down on secret missionCrew AF13391658 (MIA / KIA) Philadelphia, PA

Built by Boeing. Manufacture Number 15830. Delivered to the U. S. Air Force (USAF) as B-50B-50-BO Superfortress Serial Number 47-145. This bomber was modified as RB-50G ELINT with additional radar and B-50D type nose, sometimes also referred to as RB-50D. Assigned to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (91st SRS) at Yokato AFB.

This RB-50 flew from Honshu on a mission in North Korea and was shot down over Sea of Japan southeast of Vladivostok at 42-17N, 133-15 East, by two Soviet pilots (Yablonskiy and Rybakov in either MiG 15 or MiG 17) in the region of Cape Gamov on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. Declassified U.S. government documents state that the aircraft was on a 'routine navigational mission in air space over the international waters off the Sea of Japan'.

Memorialized 55th SRWA Memorial USAF Museum Dayton Ohio
48 SandersonWarren John1LT (CAPT ?)USAFKilledRB-50 SuperfortressRB50G-47145 Little Red Ass1953-07-2991st Strategic RCN SQD55th Strategic Reconnaissance WingShot down on secret missionCrew AO2066184 (MIA / KIA) Parks Rapids, MN Lost at Sea

Built by Boeing. Manufacture Number 15830. Delivered to the U. S. Air Force (USAF) as B-50B-50-BO Superfortress Serial Number 47-145. This bomber was modified as RB-50G ELINT with additional radar and B-50D type nose, sometimes also referred to as RB-50D. Assigned to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (91st SRS) at Yokato AFB.

This RB-50 flew from Honshu on a mission in North Korea and was shot down over Sea of Japan southeast of Vladivostok at 42-17N, 133-15 East, by two Soviet pilots (Yablonskiy and Rybakov in either MiG 15 or MiG 17) in the region of Cape Gamov on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. Declassified U.S. government documents state that the aircraft was on a 'routine navigational mission in air space over the international waters off the Sea of Japan'.

Memorialized 55th SRWA Memorial USAF Museum Dayton Ohio
49 StalnakerRobert ElbonUSAF1LTKilledRB-50 SuperfortressRB50G-47145 Little Red Ass1953-07-2991st Strategic RCN SQD55th Strategic Reconnaissance WingShot down on secret missionCrew AO761337 (MIA / KIA) Webster Springs, WV Lost at Sea

Built by Boeing. Manufacture Number 15830. Delivered to the U. S. Air Force (USAF) as B-50B-50-BO Superfortress Serial Number 47-145. This bomber was modified as RB-50G ELINT with additional radar and B-50D type nose, sometimes also referred to as RB-50D. Assigned to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (91st SRS) at Yokato AFB.

This RB-50 flew from Honshu on a mission in North Korea and was shot down over Sea of Japan southeast of Vladivostok at 42-17N, 133-15 East, by two Soviet pilots (Yablonskiy and Rybakov in either MiG 15 or MiG 17) in the region of Cape Gamov on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. Declassified U.S. government documents state that the aircraft was on a 'routine navigational mission in air space over the international waters off the Sea of Japan'.

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50 TejedaFrancisco JosephUSAFMAJKilledRB-50 SuperfortressRB50G-47145 Little Red Ass1953-07-2991st Strategic RCN SQD55th Strategic Reconnaissance WingShot down on secret missionCrew AO726704 (MIA / KIA) Lost at Sea

Built by Boeing. Manufacture Number 15830. Delivered to the U. S. Air Force (USAF) as B-50B-50-BO Superfortress Serial Number 47-145. This bomber was modified as RB-50G ELINT with additional radar and B-50D type nose, sometimes also referred to as RB-50D. Assigned to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (91st SRS) at Yokato AFB.

This RB-50 flew from Honshu on a mission in North Korea and was shot down over Sea of Japan southeast of Vladivostok at 42-17N, 133-15 East, by two Soviet pilots (Yablonskiy and Rybakov in either MiG 15 or MiG 17) in the region of Cape Gamov on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. Declassified U.S. government documents state that the aircraft was on a 'routine navigational mission in air space over the international waters off the Sea of Japan'.

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51 WardJohn CyrusCAPTUSAFKilledRB-50 SuperfortressRB50G-47145 Little Red Ass1953-07-2991st Strategic RCN SQD55th Strategic Reconnaissance WingShot down on secret missionCrew AO865270 (MIA / KIA) Lost at Sea.

Built by Boeing. Manufacture Number 15830. Delivered to the U. S. Air Force (USAF) as B-50B-50-BO Superfortress Serial Number 47-145. This bomber was modified as RB-50G ELINT with additional radar and B-50D type nose, sometimes also referred to as RB-50D. Assigned to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (91st SRS) at Yokato AFB.

This RB-50 flew from Honshu on a mission in North Korea and was shot down over Sea of Japan southeast of Vladivostok at 42-17N, 133-15 East, by two Soviet pilots (Yablonskiy and Rybakov in either MiG 15 or MiG 17) in the region of Cape Gamov on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. Declassified U.S. government documents state that the aircraft was on a 'routine navigational mission in air space over the international waters off the Sea of Japan'.

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52 WigginsLloyd Clayton1LTUSAFKilledRB-50 SuperfortressRB50G-47145 Little Red Ass1953-07-2991st Strategic RCN SQD55th Strategic Reconnaissance WingShot down on secret missionNavigator AO695999 (MIA / KIA) Lost at Sea.

Built by Boeing. Manufacture Number 15830. Delivered to the U. S. Air Force (USAF) as B-50B-50-BO Superfortress Serial Number 47-145. This bomber was modified as RB-50G ELINT with additional radar and B-50D type nose, sometimes also referred to as RB-50D. Assigned to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (91st SRS) at Yokato AFB.

This RB-50 flew from Honshu on a mission in North Korea and was shot down over Sea of Japan southeast of Vladivostok at 42-17N, 133-15 East, by two Soviet pilots (Yablonskiy and Rybakov in either MiG 15 or MiG 17) in the region of Cape Gamov on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. Declassified U.S. government documents state that the aircraft was on a 'routine navigational mission in air space over the international waters off the Sea of Japan'.

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53 WoodsJames EdwinA2CUSAFKilledRB-50 SuperfortressRB50G-47145 Little Red Ass1953-07-2991st Strategic RCN SQD55th Strategic Reconnaissance WingShot down on secret missionTail gunner. AF2441312 (MIA / KIA) Buckingham, WV

Built by Boeing. Manufacture Number 15830. Delivered to the U. S. Air Force (USAF) as B-50B-50-BO Superfortress Serial Number 47-145. This bomber was modified as RB-50G ELINT with additional radar and B-50D type nose, sometimes also referred to as RB-50D. Assigned to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (91st SRS) at Yokato AFB.

This RB-50 flew from Honshu on a mission in North Korea and was shot down over Sea of Japan southeast of Vladivostok at 42-17N, 133-15 East, by two Soviet pilots (Yablonskiy and Rybakov in either MiG 15 or MiG 17) in the region of Cape Gamor on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. Declassified U.S. government documents state that the aircraft was on a "routine navigational mission in air space over the international waters of the Sea of Japan". Total time elapse between the time the attack started until components of the aircraft fell into the water was approximately two minutes. There was a crew of 17 - 1 survivor, 2 remains recovered, 1 KIA, 13 MIA. Declassified documents list the names of the crew members, but none of their names show up on the government's official KORWALD list as having been killed, missing, or lone survivor. The co-pilot was the only crew member recovered. He was rescued by an American ship 40 miles from the Soviet coast to the south of Cape Povorotny. The pilot and co-pilot bailed out at the same time. The co-pilot assumed the rest of the crew bailed out, too. A search and rescue aircraft dropped a life raft to other survivors. At least four of them (and possibly more) were seen sitting in the raft. Also seen were nine Soviet PT-type boats in the area and at least six of them were heading to the location where debris from the aircraft was later discovered. A Soviet trawler was also spotted in the approximate area. Lost at sea.

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