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Never Forget That They Gave Their Lives
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Capt. Robert Richard Hebert
B-29 (44-62083)
Lost on a training mission
1/31/1952, Sea of Japan

Capt. Richard Harold Simpson
Crew member of Hot Box on April 12, 1951 when it was attacked by 15-20 MiGs. Years later, Captain Simpson's remains were recovered.

Capt. Ara Mooradian
Bombardier on 44-61940 when MiGs shot the left wing off during Black Tuesday. POW/MIA reported in a Russian prison in 1953.
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This page listing every B-29 fatality of the Korean War was created by using several online sources.  It would not have been possible without the valuable information found on John Zimmerlee's Korean War POW/MIA Network website, the Barker brothers' Korean War Project, American Battle Monuments website, and Findagrave.

The Korean War Educator is searching for information and a photograph of each and every man listed on this page.  To add your loved one's name, further information, or photograph, contact Lynnita Brown at 111 E. Houghton Street, Tuscola, Illinois 61953; ph. 217-253-4620; e-mail lynnita@thekwe.org. Please note that the Air Force casualties listed here are fatalities.  No cost is associated with adding material to the KWE.

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A

  • Aaron, 1Lt. George - Captain Aaron was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Hot Box" #44-69682) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing. On April 12, 1951, while on a combat mission, the aircraft was attacked by fifteen to twenty MiGs. It exploded and crashed into a mountain near Sinuiju, North Korea. There were nine fatalities.  His remains were recovered on December 8, 1993. Lieutenant Aaron was born July 06, 1917.  He was from New York, New York.
     
  • Abcock, Maj. Hugh S. Jr. - Major was the CO of the 375th Bomber Squadron.   B-29 Superfortress Bomber (#44-61747) was assigned to the 375th Bomber Squadron, 308th Bomber Wing based at Hunter Air Force Base. On March 29, 1953, the aircraft departed from Lajes Field, Azores en route to Hunter AFB. Shortly after takeoff it crashed near Praia, Terceira Island, Azores killing the six airmen onboard, including Major Abcock.  Born in 1916, World War II veteran Abcock was from St. Petersburg, Florida.
     
  • Abney, A/2c Donald Lee - Airman Second Class Abney was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Star Duster/Rough Roman" #44-69818) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On July 7, 1953, as the aircraft was returning from a bombing mission, it crashed during the landing approach to Pohang Airfield (K-3), South Korea. All thirteen airmen were killed.  Donald was born March 04, 1933, son of Mildred H. Abney (Wildt).  His home of record was Louisville, Kentucky.  He is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky.
     
  • Acebedo, Maj. Bruce Hamilton - Attached to the 55th SRS (M) Weather at McClellan AFB, California, his B-29 weather plane (WB-29 #44-87756) crashed on April 05, 1952, as it approached for landing at McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento, California. The crash occurred three miles short of the runway after returning from a 19-hour flight. Acebedo, the pilot, was a World War II veteran and Distinguished Flying Cross recipient.  Born August 08, 1917, he is buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Fresno, California.  His home of record was Del Paso Heights, California.
     
  • Adams, Capt. Donald Lester - Captain Adams was a navigator of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Lubricating Lady" #44-61751) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa. On October 31, 1952, when his aircraft was returning from a mission over Korea and was about 110 miles from Kadena, it developed engine trouble and crashed into the ocean. Eleven crew members were lost. His remains were not recovered.  Captain Adams was born March 20, 1923.  His home of record was Houstonia, Missouri.
     
  • Adams, 1Lt. John Howard - Captain Adams was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Hot to Go" #44-62183) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On June 10, 1952, while on a night mission, the aircraft was hit by rocket fire from a MiG near Kwaksan, North Korea and exploded. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954.  Born February 14, 1923, his home of record was Los Angeles, California.
     
  • Adams, Capt. Robert Henry - He was declared MIA when his B-29 (#44-62083) was lost on a training mission in the Sea of Japan on January 31, 1952. Speculation among others stationed in Okinawa was that bombs aboard the aircraft detonated accidentally en route to their target killing everyone onboard.  Born March 16, 1917, his home of record was Woodbury, New Jersey.
     
  • Adler, 1Lt. Junior M. - Attached to 98th Bomb Wing, B-29 (#44-86371) was hit by AAA over Pyongyang on May 07, 1951.  It damaged No. 3 & 4 engines hit which possibly caused explosion, lost wing, 4-5 chutes observed, Navy SA-16 and USS Bataan fighter aircraft conducted SAR effort with negative results.  Adler is missing in action.
     
  • Ahigrim, A/2 Howard Keith - On July 10, 1953, Airman Second Class Howard Ahlgrim was aboard B-29 bomber (#44-83985) when it crashed seven miles from Hunter Air Force Base. This crash killed all 10 crew members aboard. His body was returned to South Dakota and buried with military honors at Bluff View Cemetery.  Howard Keith Ahlgrim was born on October 19, 1929, to Ellery Conrad John and Evelyn Agnes (Walz) Ahlgrim. Howard had two siblings: a brother, Harold Andrew, and a sister, Charlotte Anne (Ahlgrim) Erickson. Howard first went to school at Austin Grade School and then graduated from Vermillion High School in1949 and from Union Pacific Teletype School in 1950. Howard had many interests that included drawing, painting, gardening, and being with friends and family. Howard worked for his dad at Ahlgrim Trucking and also as a telegrapher at Union Pacific Railroad in Colorado.  Howard enlisted in the Air Force in August 1951. Howard was assigned to various air fields, including Kessler AFB in Mississippi, Randolph Field, Texas, and his last being Hunter Field in Savannah, Georgia, where he was a radio operator for a B-29 bomber in the Second Air Refueling Squadron. [Source: Chantelle Rae Janke]
     
  • Akins, Sgt. Larry B. - B-29 (#44-86268) was on a combat mission over North Korea on April 07, 1951. F-84s escorting, when it was damaged by two MiGs.  Two engines went out, the pilot ordered bail out, and the aircraft crashed into the water four miles off NW North Korea. Seven fighter aircraft and three SAR aircraft participated in SAR effort.  Only crewman (2Lt. Charles Shallenberger) was rescued and one crew member became a POW (Pfc. James Lewis Jones).  The rest are still missing in action.  Akins is MIA.
     
  • Albright, SSgt. Richard Louis - His aircraft ("So Tired/Seven-to-Seven" RB-29A #44-61727) was shot down by MiG while on a photo reconnaissance mission over Sinanju, North Korea on July 4, 1952.  11 crew survived/2 missing in action.  Born August 4, 1931, he was from Clovis, New Mexico.
     
  • Allen, 1Lt. Charles Edward Jr. - He was declared MIA when his B-29 (#44-72083) was lost on a training mission in the Sea of Japan on January 31, 1952. Speculation among others stationed in Okinawa was that bombs aboard the aircraft detonated accidentally en route to their target killing everyone onboard.  Born September 05, 1923, his home of record was Tunica, Mississippi.
     
  • Angstman, 1Lt. Forrest B. - First Lieutenant Angstman was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress ("Fujigmo" #44-62166) from the 371st Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group, 307th Bomber Wing. On July 22, 1952, while on a combat mission, his aircraft caught fire northeast of Ocho-o, South Korea and crashed. All thirteen airmen were killed.  Born February 27, 1918, his home of record was Livingston, Montana.
     
  • Angulo, 2Lt. Sigfredo - died after bailing out of the ("Tiger Lil" #42-94000) B-29 after it was shot down by MiG's over the Sea of Japan on November 07, 1954.  It was reported that he was the first crew member to bail out, hit a coastal cliff, and died.  Sigfredo was born in Puerto Rico, the son of Buenaventura and Felicidad Vasquez Angulo.  His siblings were Edilberto David Angulo, William Angulo, Elia Angulo, Nelly Angulo, and Nancy Angulo.
     
  • Archerd, MSgt. James O. - B-29 aircraft (#44-62279) developed an engine fire in the climb after takeoff.  Steps taken to maintain flight caused the bombs on board to detonate and sever the control wires, and the plane crashed into the China Sea off the coast of Okinawa on October 19, 1950.  There were numerous fatalities. Archerd, who was one of them, was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma on September 01, 1924.
     
  • Ardoin, Cpl. Sherley B. - Four minutes after take-off, his aircraft ("Heart's Desire" #44-86400) struck a small hill near the village of Daimon, six miles northwest of Yokota AB, Japan and burned on March 31, 1952. He was a fatality.  Corporal Ardoin was born November 12, 1929.  He is buried in Orange Grove Cemetery, Lake Charles Louisiana.
     
  • Argetis, 1Lt. James - His aircraft ("Double Whammy" #44-87734) crashed into the Sea of Japan between Okinawa and southern Korea north of Chinnampo on January 23, 1952 after a runaway propeller sheared and cut the fuselage.  MIA.  Argetis was born October 11, 1924 and was from Denver, Colorado.
     
  • Armstrong, 1Lt. Lonzo P. - His aircraft (#44-27261) crashed on takeoff from Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya on February 2, 1953. The cause of the crash was because an engine that had recently been replaced had a missing piston and the engine didn't have enough power.  All 15 onboard were killed.  Lieutenant Armstrong was born April 21, 1926 in Okemah, Oklahoma, son of John S. and Hazel E. Dunham Armstrong.
     
  • Arnold, MSgt. Clyde L. - His aircraft (#44-87774) rammed B-29 (#44-62223) on March 12, 1952 near San Antonio, Texas.  Both planes crashed and all personnel were killed in this mid-air collision. B-29 #44-87774 had a crew of eight.  Born August 03, 1919 at Orefino, Idaho, Clyde was a son of Edgar and Emerette Arnold.  He went to school in Tooele, Utah, and then entered the Army Air Corps at the age of 17.  He served in the African and Italian campaigns during World War II.  He was survived by his widow, Lennelle N. Arnold, brothers Robert and Evan Arnold, and a cousin, Mrs. Leatha Winkler of Portland.
     
  • Aschenbrenner, Capt. Leroy Edward - Captain Aschenbrenner was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress ("Fujigmo" #44-62166) from the 371st Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group, 307th Bomber Wing. On July 22, 1952, while on a combat mission, his aircraft caught fire northeast of Ocho-o, South Korea and crashed. All thirteen airmen were killed. Born August 17, 1919, Captain Aschenbrenner is buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.  His home of record was Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
     
  • Ashcroft, MSgt. Floyd D. - He was a member of the crew of ("Dragon Lady" #44-61751) when its #3 engine caught fire and a wing blew away on October 31, 1951.  Ten of the 12 crew members perished when the aircraft crashed 40 miles north of Kadena.
     
  • Ashley, 1Lt. Gilbert Lamour Jr. - Captain Ashley was the aircraft commander of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Shady Lady/Double or Nuthin'" #42-65357) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On January 29, 1953, the aircraft was shot down by MiGs eleven miles south of Pyongyang and eighteen miles east of Sariwon. He was taken Prisoner of War and died as a prisoner. He was presumed dead on January 30, 1954. His remains were not recovered. His affectionate nickname was "Coogs." Born Baltimore, Maryland, hometown Rock Hall, Maryland.
     
  • Attinger, A/2c Douglas E. - Airman First Class Attinger was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Miss Jackie The Rebel" #44-61967) with the 30th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing. On June 10, 1952, after completing a bomb run, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire near a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, North Korea, and contact was lost. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.  Born October 06, 1932, he was the son of Frank Sylvester nd Ruth K. Loser Attinger.  His home of record was Middleburg, Pennsylvania.
     
  • Avery, TSgt. Charles Tillman - B-29 (#44-86268) was on a combat mission over North Korea on April 07, 1951. F-84s escorting, when it was damaged by two MiGs.  Two engines went out, the pilot ordered bail out, and the aircraft crashed into the water four miles off NW North Korea. Seven fighter aircraft and three SAR aircraft participated in SAR effort.  Only crewman (2Lt. Charles Shallenberger) was rescued and one crew member became a POW (Pfc. James Lewis Jones).  The rest are still missing in action.  Avery is MIA.
     
  • Ayers, 2Lt. Merle Truman - Second Lieutenant Ayers was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Bait Me" #44-69802) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On September 12, 1952, while on a combat mission, the aircraft's wings iced up and caused the aircraft to stall and crash 21 miles southwest of Kangnung, South Korea. His remains were recovered. He was buried along with his crew members George D. Jones, Jr., and John L Roberts.  Lieutenant Ayers was born September 01, 1928.  His home of record was Arlington, Virginia.  He is buried in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky.

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B

  • Bacon, Cpl. Raymond R. - Attached to 98th Bomb Wing, B-29 (#44-86371) was hit by AAA over Pyongyang on May 07, 1951.  It damaged No. 3 & 4 engines hit which possibly caused explosion, lost wing, 4-5 chutes observed, Navy SA-16 and USS Bataan fighter aircraft conducted SAR effort with negative results. Bacon is missing in action.
     
  • Baird, Capt. Donald M. - weather observer, lost at sea when his aircraft, ("Typhoon Goon II" #44-69770) disappeared on the morning of October 26, 1952 on a 14-hour over-water flight to obtain information about Typhoon Wilma.
     
  • Baker, 1Lt. Allen Frisbee - Lieutenant Baker was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Tail Wind/Burke's Jerks/Sweet Judy II" #45-21721) with the 345th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On February 7, 1952, while departing on a combat mission, his aircraft crashed during snow three miles northwest of Yokota Air Base, Japan, and Baker was killed in the crash. Baker's home of record was Aurora, New York.  Lieutenant Baker was the son of Arthur and Helen Frisbie Baker of New York.
     
  • Baker, SSgt. Thomas Charles - Staff Sergeant Baker was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Loaded 'Leven" #44-69803) with the 344th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On February 28, 1952, while on a bombing mission, the aircraft's engines developed problems and the crew bailed out. His remains were recovered. His friends knew him as "Tom."  Baker was born on January 28, 1930.  His home of record was LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
     
  • Bakich, MSgt, Michael Alcott Sr. - ("United Notions" #44-27326) crashed into a mountain near Taeam-dong, Korea, approximately 3-5 northeast of K-2 (Taegu) on September 13, 1951.  All 14 on board were killed. Michael Bakich Sr. was born May 22, 1917.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  He and Mary Sue Thompson Bakich were parents of Michael Alcott Bakich Jr. (1947-2014), Patricia E. Bakich Drake, and SueAnne Bakich Hoyt.
     
  • Barnes, Capt. Bernard Eugene - His aircraft ("Bust 'N The Blue" #44-62167) crashed on August 30, 1952, four miles north of Taegu.  He and all 11 other crew members died.  His body was recovered. Barnes was born on September 14, 1915, son of T.V. and Dena Catherine Uerling Barnes.  He was from Burnettsville, Indiana.

    LOGANSPORT PHAROS TRIBUNE
    MONDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 15, 1952.

    Details of the bomber crash in which Capt. Bernard E. Barnes, former employee of the local Sears-Roebuck Store, was killed on Aug.29th have been received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.V. Barnes of Burnettsville, from Lt. Col. William F. Crawley. Crawley stated in his letter that on the night of 29th of August, 1952, Bernard and his crew members took off from air force base here in Japan for a combat mission over North Korea After reaching the target area it was necessary for them to make a second bombing run before the bombs could be released. As a result of this additional flying over the target it is probable that they did not have sufficient fuel to return all the way to Japan. It is assumed that the decision was made to land at one of our South Korean air force bases for fuel. The weather was poor with low clouds and light rain. The aircraft crashed into a hillside about 4 miles north of Taegu air force base, Korea, at 3:15 a. m. on Aug. 30, 1952. "All evidence points to the fact that Bernard and the other members of his crew were killed instantly, suffering neither pain nor anxiety." Colonel Crawley said Captain Barnes was well liked and respected by every member of his squadron. A navigator in World War II, he was recalled to active service in September, 1951. The others in the crew also were World War II veterans and all of them except Barnes had families.
     
  • Barrentine, Maj. George T. - He was a member of the crew of ("Dragon Lady" #44-61835) when its #3 engine caught fire and a wing blew away on October 31, 1951.  Ten of the 12 crew members perished when the aircraft crashed 40 miles north of Kadena.
     
  • Barrington, A/1c Edgar Foy - Staff Sergeant Barrington was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Hot to Go" #44-62183) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On June 10, 1952, while on a night mission, the aircraft was hit by rocket fire from a MiG near Kwaksan, North Korea and exploded. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954.  Born February 18, 1927, he was the second of five children born to John Evan and Sallie Barrington.  His home of record was Live Oak, Florida.
     
  • Baumer, 1Lt. Robert Black - First Lieutenant Baumer was a veteran of World War II, flying 51 missions in Europe. In Korea, he was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Hot to Go" #44-62183) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On June 10, 1952, while on a night mission, the aircraft was hit by rocket fire from a MiG near Kwaksan, North Korea and exploded. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954.
     
  • Baurichter, 1Lt. Ralph R. - First Lieutenant Baurichter was the co-pilot of a B-29 Superfortress Bomber (#44-83985) with the 2nd Air Rescue Squadron, 2nd Bomber Wing based at Hunter Air Force Base, Georgia. On July 10, 1953, his aircraft crashed about seven miles from Hunter AFB, killing all 10 crew members.   Lieutenant Baurichter was from Clarksville, Arkansas.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Baurichter of Clarksville, Arkansas, husband of Nancy Callahan Baurichter of Baltimore, Maryland, and grandson of John Steinker, Clarksville.
     
  • Beal, Maj. Lawrence W. - A crew member of ("Lil' Darlin'" #44-86273), his B-29 crashed into the Yokota Bowling Alley and clothing sales while returning from a bomb mission on October 14, 1951. 
     
  • Becker, SSgt. Roscoe George - crew member of ("Southern Comfort" #44-61810), shot down by two Russian MiGs over Sea of Japan on June 13, 1952.  All 12 crew members were lost.
     
  • Belcher, Capt. Robert Benjamin Jr. - He was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Tail Wind/Burke's Jerks/Sweet Judy II" #45-21721) with the 345th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On February 7, 1952, while departing on a combat mission, his aircraft crashed during snow three miles northwest of Yokota Air Base, Japan, and he was killed.  He was born July 27, 1921.
     
  • Bell, A1/c James Lloyd Bell - His aircraft ("Double Whammy" #44-87734) crashed into the Sea of Japan between Okinawa and southern Korea north of Chinnampo on January 23, 1952 after a runaway propeller sheared and cut the fuselage.  MIA.  He was born December 16, 1932 and was from San Francisco, California.
     
  • Bellette, AMN Harold D. - His aircraft (#44-27261) crashed on takeoff from Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya on February 2, 1953. The cause of the crash was because an engine that had recently been replaced had a missing piston and the engine didn't have enough power.  All 15 onboard were killed.
     
  • Bennett, Cpl. Bruce Bolen -  Returning to Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, after a seven-hour training flight, this aircraft (#45-21771) crashed ten miles southwest of Seguin, Texas on January 11, 1951. At 8,000 feet the pilot, Captain Norman A. Bivens, cut off the automatic pilot and began descending through an overcast, flying on instruments. Bivens reported losing all flight instruments and the aircraft became uncontrollable. Six of the crew members were killed, while five others parachuted to safety.  Corporal Bennett, right gunner, was born October 30, 1926 in Huntingdon, Tennessee.  He married Bettie J. Bates.  Corporal Bennett is buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Paris, Tennessee. 
     
  • Berg, SSgt. Eddie R. - crew member of ("Southern Comfort" #44-61810), shot down by two Russian MiGs over Sea of Japan on June 13, 1952.  All 12 crew members were lost.
     
  • Berg, 1Lt. Howard A. - Aircraft (#44-62078), based out of March AFB, crashed at Prairie Bay, Azores, on December 07, 1951.  The plane was on its way home for Christmas when it got caught in tail winds and crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff.  The men had been in England for three months on a routine training mission. Lieutenant Berg was born December 04, 1923.  He was from Riverside, California.
     
  • Bergmann, Sgt. Louis Henry - MIA on April 12, 1951 when his plane, ("Hot Box" #44-69682) was attacked by MiGs and crashed into a mountain near Sinuiju.  He was from St. Paul, Minnesota.
     
  • Bertog, Cpl. Wallace L.  - His aircraft (#44-87774) rammed B-29 (#44-62223) on March 12, 1952 near San Antonio, Texas.  Both planes crashed and all personnel were killed in this mid-air collision. B-29 #44-87774 had a crew of eight. 
     
  • Bevans, Sgt. Robert - MIA on April 12, 1951 when his plane, ("Hot Box" #44-69682) was attacked by MiGs and crashed into a mountain near Sinuiju.
     
  • Beyer, Capt. Frank E. - His B-29 (Little Red Ass RB50G-#47145) 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 the region of Cape Gamor on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. All crew but one (1Lt. John Roche) were lost.
     
  • Bichard, Sgt. Robert O'Neal - On September 19, 1951, while on a leaflet dropping mission, his aircraft (#44-86415 "Miss Manuki/Squeeze Play") developed engine problems and it was ditched in the Sea of Japan.  Its entire crew was lost.
     
  • Bigham, Capt. Donald G. - At 0025 hours on November 9, 1951, Captain Bigham's plane (#42-93974) was hit by flak but stayed aloft long enough to allow the crew to bail out over the friendly island of Pawengnyong-do.  He was seen bailing out with a dinghy attached.  All other crew members were rescued.  He was from Tucson, Arizona and had a wife Vera and children.
     
  • Bird, Capt. Robert James - MIA following the bailout of ("Wright's Delights, They Chosen Flew" #44-86392) on November 19, 1952.  He was born March 2, 1919.
     
  • Black, Lt. Col. Vance Eugene - Attached to 98th Bomb Wing, B-29 (#44-86371) was hit by AAA over Pyongyang on May 07, 1951.  It damaged No. 3 & 4 engines hit which possibly caused explosion, lost wing, 4-5 chutes observed, Navy SA-16 and USS Bataan fighter aircraft conducted SAR effort with negative results.  Black was taken prisoner of war and died from burns.
     
  • Black, Capt. Wayne Forrest - radio operator on (#44-61940) when it was shot down on Black Tuesday.  He was on Captain James Foulks' crew.  Died while POW. MiGs shot the left wing off the plane on October 23, 1951.  When the plane engine caught fire, the B-29 headed for safety, but before it could get back to base the crew had to bail out in the Yellow Sea.  Of the crew of 13, one was picked up after landing in the Yellow Sea by an Australian destroyer, one man's body was found the next day washed ashore.  Five of the men were taken prisoners of war and returned in 1953.  The remaining men were not heard from again.  See Black Tuesday.   Captain Black was born on May 29, 1927 in Murfreesburg, Tennessee.
     
  • Blizzard, SSgt. William A. - crew member of ("Southern Comfort" #44-61810), shot down by two Russian MiGs over Sea of Japan on June 13, 1952.  All 12 crew members were lost.
     
  • Bloesch, 1Lt. Fred Ernest - Captain Bloesch was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Wolf Pack" #44-86343)  with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 13, 1952, while making a bomb run on the Suiho Hydroelectric Plant, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. Lieutenant Bloesch was born June 17, 1917.  His home of record was San Diego, California.
     
  • Bochnovic, 2Lt. Michael - navigator, KIA on ("Lubricating Lady" #44-61751) on October 31, 1952.  Born May 08, 1930, he was from Jersey City, New Jersey.
     
  • Bolstad, TSgt. David W. - His aircraft (#44-27261) crashed on takeoff from Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya on February 2, 1953. The cause of the crash was because an engine that had recently been replaced had a missing piston and the engine didn't have enough power.  All 15 onboard were killed.  Sergeant Bolstad was born October 30, 1930.
     
  • Bonney, A/1c Buddy Joe - Staff Sergeant Bonney was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Miss Jackie The Rebel" #44-61967) with the 30th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing. On June 11, 1952, after completing a bomb run, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire near a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, North Korea, and contact was lost. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.  Buddy was born July 22, 1932, the son of Duree Virgil and Grace Virginia Minton Bonney.  His home of record was Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
     
  • Bonura, SSgt. Leon F. - crew member of ("Southern Comfort" #44-61810), shot down by two Russian MiGs over Sea of Japan on June 13, 1952.  All 12 crew members were lost.
     
  • Borum, 1Lt. Ralph Lee - A crew member of ("Lil' Darlin'" #44-86273), his B-29 crashed into the Yokota Bowling Alley and clothing sales while returning from a bomb mission on October 14, 1951.  He was the son of Claude Eugene Borum and the husband of Marguerite Jean Laroy Borum of Memphis, Tennessee.
     
  • Botter, TSgt. William Joseph - flight engineer on (#44-61940) when it was shot down on Black Tuesday on October 23, 1951.  He was on Captain James Foulks' crew.  MIA/POW.  He had a wife and children.
     
  • Bowden, SSgt. Arthur J. - He was a member of the crew of ("Dragon Lady" #44-61835) when its #3 engine caught fire and a wing blew away on October 31, 1951.  Ten of the 12 crew members perished when the aircraft crashed 40 miles north of Kadena.
     
  • Bowen, Capt. Louis Carl - Captain Bowen was the aircraft commander of a B-29 Superfortress Bomber (#44-61747) assigned to the 375th Bomber Squadron, 308th Bomber Wing based at Hunter Air Force Base. On March 29, 1953, the aircraft departed from Lajes Field, Azores en route to Hunter AFB. Shortly after take off it crashed near Praia, Terceira Island, Azores killing six airmen. Captain Bowen was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. Born September 14, 1915 in Atlanta, Georgia, he is buried in Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia.
     
  • Brandon, SSgt. N.Y. - His aircraft (#44-62279) developed an engine fire in the climb after takeoff. Steps taken to maintain flight caused the bombs on board to detonate and sever the control wires, and the plane crashed into the China Sea off the coast of Okinawa on October 19, 1950. Sergeant Brandon was among several fatalities.  Sergeant Brandon was the husband of Mrs. Ruth B. Brandon, March Air Force Base.  He was the son of Walter S. and Bertha Brandon of Kentucky.
     
  • Brendle, SSgt. Dillman L. -  Aircraft (#45-21814) was shot down by MiGs about seven miles southwest of Kusong, North Korea while on a bombing mission near the Yalu River on November 10, 1950.  Sergeant Brendle was taken POW and is MIA.
     
  • Brewton, A/1C Alton Beverly Jr. - lost at sea when his aircraft, ("Typhoon Goon II" #44-69770), disappeared while on a weather reconnaissance mission during Typhoon Wilma.  See Losses - Aircraft section. on October 26, 1952.
     
  • Brine, SSgt. Donald E. - Staff Sergeant Brine was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#42-94072) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 8, 1950, while returning from a bombing mission over Korea, his aircraft crashed into the East China Sea five miles north of Okinawa, killing eight crew members.  Brine was born February 17,1917.  His home or record was Hanson, Massachusetts.
     
  • Bristol, 2Lt. Richard Graves - He was declared MIA when his B-29 (#44-62083) was lost on a training mission in the Sea of Japan on January 31, 1952. Speculation among others stationed in Okinawa was that bomb aboard the aircraft detonated accidentally in route to their target killing everyone onboard.  Born July 08, 1929 in Clinton, Iowa, he was the son of Guy Leonard and Alice Marjorie Graves Bristol.
     
  • Brock, 1Lt. Paul E. - His aircraft (Sunbonnet King #44-61815) shot down by two Soviet LA-11 fighters near Yuri Island while on a photo mission over Northern Hokkaido on October 07, 1952.  All eight crew members of the "Sunbonnet King" were lost.
     
  • Brodeur, Cpl. Ronald F. - ("United Notions" #44-27326) crashed into a mountain near Taeam-dong, Korea, approximately 3-5 northeast of K-2 (Taegu) on September 13, 1951.  All 14 on board were killed. Brodeur was born May 04, 1932.  His home of record was Hartford, Connecticut.
     
  • Brown, MSgt. Cleo A. - Master Sergeant Brown was the flight engineer of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-27262) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On January 27, 1953 the aircraft was on a combat mission when it crashed 3 miles north of Suwon Air Base (K-13), South Korea, killing him and two other airmen. He was born in Wichita, Kansas on September 12, 1918 to Edna and Guy O. Brown. The family soon moved to Portland, Oregon, then Tacoma, Washington. He was married to Pearl Viola Vigins in 1934 in Tacoma, Washington.
     
  • Brown, 1Lt. Donald Dinwiddie - ("United Notions" #44-27326) crashed into a mountain near Taeam-dong, Korea, approximately 3-5 northeast of K-2 (Taegu) on September 13, 1951.  All 14 on board were killed, including Brown.  He was born April 24, 1917, in Jordan Valley, Oregon. 

    Crash Claims Local Airman

    Death of 1st Lt. Donald Dinwiddie Brown, 34, of 3414 S.E. Tolman Street, in an air crash overseas has been reported to relatives by the United States Air Force. Lieutenant Brown, a bomber navigator, left with a plane from Spokane three weeks ago. Date of his death was reported as September 13.

    In World War II, Lieutenant Brown was a navigator with the 8th air force, and saw action from English bases. Following the war, he served as an instructor at Clovis, N. M. He won the silver star, distinguished flying cross and air medal. He was employed by United Air Lines in Seattle, Denver and San Francisco following the war until he was called up with the reserves.

    Survivors include his mother, Elsie D. Bartlett, of San Francisco; two sisters, Mrs. F. W. Caleson of 3414 S.E. Tolman street and Mrs. Lee N. Bates of Boise, Idaho; and an uncle, Rufus M. Dinwiddie of 8001 S.E. 35th avenue.  His father was Charles Albert Brown (1889-1974).  Cleo Brown is buried in Williamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon.
     
  • Brown, MSgt. Francis Luther - His B-29 ("Little Red Ass" RB50G-#47145) 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 the region of Cape Gamor on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. All crew but one (1Lt. John Roche) were lost.
     
  • Brown, M/Sgt. Nelson Marion - Master Sergeant Brown was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Wolf Pack" #44-86343) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 13, 1952, while making a bomb run on the Suiho Hydroelectric Plant, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954.  Sergeant Brown was born August 08, 1917.  His home of record was Ellston, Iowa.
     
  • Buckley, 1Lt. John Harrison - His aircraft ("Bust 'N The Blue" #44-62167) crashed on August 30, 1952, four miles north of Taegu.  (See also Barnes, Capt. Bernard E. for more crash details.) He and all 11 other crew members died.  His body was recovered. Lieutenant Buckley was born August 28, 1924.  He is buried in Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, Georgia.
     
  • Buckner, 1Lt. John Lennon - B-29 (#44-86268) was on a combat mission over North Korea on April 07, 1951. F-84s escorting, when it was damaged by two MiGs.  Two engines went out, the pilot ordered bail out, and the aircraft crashed into the water four miles off NW North Korea. Seven fighter aircraft and three SAR aircraft participated in SAR effort.  Only crewman (2Lt. Charles Shallenberger) was rescued and one crew member became a POW (Pfc. James Lewis Jones).  The rest are still missing in action.  Buckner is MIA.
     
  • Bullman, SSgt. Robert E. - Staff Sergeant Bullman was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Deal Me In" #44-69805) with the 325th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group. On October 14, 1950, while on a bombing mission, the aircraft's engines caught fire and the crew was ordered to bail out. Later, the fire was extinguished and the order was cancelled. He landed in Sagami Bay and drowned. Sergeant Bullman was the only one on the crew who was a fatality.  His remains were recovered.  Sergeant Bullman was born January 28, 1929 in Kalispell, Montana, son of Edward and Elaine E. Stoican Bullman.  He married Barbara J. Olmstead on October 09, 1948 in Kalispell.  He is buried in Fort George Wright Cemetery, Spokane, Washington.
     
  • Bullock, 2Lt. Elmer - KIA on April 12, 1951 when his plane ("Hot Box" #44-69682) was attacked by MiGs and crashed into a mountain near Sinuiju.  Remains recovered 1994.
     
  • Burch, Sgt. Hugh Maynard - Staff Sergeant Burch was a crew member of a B- 29A Superfortress Bomber ("Lucky Dog" #44-86370) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On April 12, 1951, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy MiGs and it was ditched. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 31, 1954.  Sergeant Burch was born April 22, 1930.  His home of record was New Carlisle, Indiana.
     
  • Burchell, 1Lt. William D. - navigator,  lost at sea when his aircraft, ("Typhoon Goon II" #44-69770), disappeared while on a weather reconnaissance mission during Typhoon Wilma on October 26, 1952. 
     
  • Busch, Maj. Samuel Nathan - senior pilot of ("Southern Comfort" #44-61810), shot down by two Russian MiGs over Sea of Japan on June 13, 1952.  All 12 crew members were lost.
     
  • Buss, A/2c Donald Henry - His aircraft ("Bust 'N The Blue" #44-62167) crashed on August 30, 1952, four miles north of Taegu.  He and all 11 other crew members died.  His body was recovered. Born July 16, 1931, he was from Chicago, Illinois.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
     
  • Buttler, Cpl. Leland Louis - Corporal Buttler was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (RB-45 #21749) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On March 29, 1951, while on a combat mission, his aircraft lost two engines over the East China Sea, northwest of Okinawa and crashed. His remains were not recovered.  Buttler was born February 19, 1927.  His home of record was Garvin, Oklahoma.

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  • Caldwell, SSgt. Richard Bruce - His aircraft ("Double Whammy" #44-87734) crashed into the Sea of Japan between Okinawa and southern Korea north of Chinnampo on January 23, 1952 after a runaway propeller sheared and cut the fuselage.  MIA.  He was born May 27, 1929 and was from Wauzeka, Wisconsin.
     
  • Calkins, Capt. Leonard H. -  Returning to Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, after a seven-hour training flight, this aircraft (#45-21771) crashed ten miles southwest of Seguin, Texas on January 11, 1951. At 8,000 feet the pilot, Captain Norman A. Bivens, cut off the automatic pilot and began descending through an overcast, flying on instruments. Bivens reported losing all flight instruments and the aircraft became uncontrollable. Six of the crew members were killed, while five others parachuted to safety.  Captain Calkins was born March 09, 1903 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  He was the navigator on the plane that day.  He is buried in Graceland Memorial Park, Coral Gables, Florida.
     
  • Cameron, Cpl. Donald James -  Returning to Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, after a seven-hour training flight, this aircraft (#45-21771) crashed ten miles southwest of Seguin, Texas on January 11, 1951. At 8,000 feet the pilot, Captain Norman A. Bivens, cut off the automatic pilot and began descending through an overcast, flying on instruments. Bivens reported losing all flight instruments and the aircraft became uncontrollable. Six of the crew members were killed, while five others parachuted to safety.  Born August 12, 1928, Corporal Cameron was a tailgunner on this B-29.  He is buried in Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois.
     
  • Campbell, Lt. Col. Edward Everett - Lieutenant Colonel Campbell was aircraft commander of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Star Duster/Rough Roman" #44-69818) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On July 7, 1953, as the aircraft was returning from a bombing mission, it crashed during the landing approach to Pohang Air Base (K-3). All thirteen airmen were killed.  Lt. Colonel Campbell was born December 21, 1918.  His home of record was Oak Hill, Ohio.  He is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, McCook, Nebraska.  Enlistment Date: 27 September 1941, Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio.  He attended three years of college, and at the time of his death was single, without dependents.
     
  • Canning, SSgt. William Alfred -  Technical Sergeant Canning was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Hot to Go" #44-62183) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On June 10, 1952, while on a night mission, the aircraft was hit by rocket fire from a MiG near Kwaksan, North Korea and exploded. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954.  Born August 05, 1929, his home of record was Lowell, Michigan.
     
  • Capron, TSgt. Donald Vincent - Technical Sergeant Capron was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("United Notions" #44-27326) with the 372th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 13, 1951, the aircraft was on a combat mission when it crashed into a mountain near Taem-dong, South Korea killing all 14 servicemen on board.  Capron was born July 22, 1920 in Manilla, Iowa.  He had one child, a daughter Kathleen Ann.  His wife never remarried.  He is buried in Nishnabotna Cemetery, Manilla.
     
  • Cardinal, Pfc. Kenneth P. - Pfc. Cardinal was a crewman on U.S. Air Force KB-29M Superfortress (#44-87782), serving with the 43rd Aerial Refueling Squadron, 43rd Bomber Wing. The aircraft experienced engine failures on takeoff, and was attempting to return to the airfield at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, Arizona, when it crashed short of the runway. All eight aboard were killed.  Pfc. Cardinal was born November 11, 1930 in Shelton, Washington, a son of Lawrence W. and Anna M. Vizzard Cardinal.  He had two brothers, Leo and Lawrence, and a baby sister (1926-1926).  He is buried in Shelton Memorial Park, Shelton, Washington.
     
  • Carlisle, Capt. Osborne Tomee - At 1612 hours on February 28, 1952, Captain Carlisle's plane ("Loaded 'Leven" #44-69803) departed on a bombing mission.  The #2 engine was smoking heavily at takeoff.  Five minutes after coast-in, #2 began vibrating.  Excessive vibration continued and one engine burst into flames.  The order was given to bail out at 14,000 feet.  The plane crashed 15 miles southwest of Kaesong, North Korea at 2042 hours.  All crew members were accounted for except Captain Carlisle, A/2C Willard M. Denn, and 2Lt. Lawrence A. Nelson.  Seven were recovered by friendly forces, one was killed by enemy forces, and the remains of another were recovered near the scene of the crash.  Captain Carlisle had a wife and two children.
     
  • Carlson, MSgt. Albert Bertie - Master Sergeant Carlson was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Lucky Dog" #44-86370) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On April 12, 1951, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy MiGs and it was ditched. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 31, 1954.  Born October 08, 1918, his home of record was Lebanon, Missouri.  Sergeant Carlson married Flora Anne Seravalli and they had three sons, Michael, Eugene, and Albert J. Carlson.
     
  • Carrara, 2Lt. Jack - Second Lieutenant Carrara was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("United Notions: #44-27326) with the 372th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 13, 1951, the aircraft was on a combat mission when it crashed into a mountain near Taem-dong, South Korea killing all 14 servicemen on board. Born September 18, 1927, he was originally from Texas.  He is buried in South Park Cemetery, Roswell, New Mexico.
     
  • Cays, 1Lt. Edmund Joseph - His B-29 ("Little Red Ass" RB50G-#47145) 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 the region of Cape Gamor on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. All crew but one (1Lt. John Roche) were lost.
     
  • Cessna, Capt. Marvin Jr. -  Staff Sergeant Cessna was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Miss Jackie The Rebel" #44-62967) with the 30th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing. On June 10, 1952, after completing a bomb run, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire near a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, North Korea, and contact was lost. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.  Born March 29, 1932, he was the son of Marvin and Jesse Cessna.  His home of record was Ontario, California.
     
  • Chapman, Capt. Dewey L. - Attached to 98th Bomb Wing, B-29 (#44-86371) was hit by AAA over Pyongyang on May 07, 1951.  It damaged No. 3 & 4 engines hit which possibly caused explosion, lost wing, 4-5 chutes observed, Navy SA-16 and USS Bataan fighter aircraft conducted SAR effort with negative results. Chapman is missing in action.
     
  • Chapman, 1Lt. Neil Adelbert - First Lieutenant Chapman was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Hoxie's Hoax" #44-61923) with the 325th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group. On July 13, 1950, while making a bombing run at Oki-Gunto, bombs prematurely exploded and the aircraft crashed near Dogo Island, Japan. His remains were recovered. He was born July 17, 1921 in Augusta, Maine, the son of Adelbert Asa and Louise Helen Perry Chapman.  He married Erika M. Weiland and they had two sons, Neil E. Chapman (1947-2006) and Jack Christopher Chapman (1949-2007). Neil E. Chapman had two children, Amy and Ryan.  Jack Christopher Chapman had two children, Marc Christopher and Christine Michelle.
     
  • Cherry, SSgt. Clarence Martin - From Salem, Oregon, his aircraft ("United Notions" #44-62084) was hit by AAA on September 09, 1950 and exploded in mid-air near Wolbong-ni.  POW. Born in Comanche, Montana, he was the son of Harold A. and Minnie Cherry of Salem, Oregon.  He was a husband and a father.
     
  • Cherry, A/1c Jimmy D. - Jimmie was living in Blue Lake, California when he entered the service and was the radio operator of a B-29 Superfortress Bomber (#44-61747) assigned to the 375th Bomber Squadron, 308th Bomber Wing based at Hunter Air Force Base. On March 29, 1953, the aircraft departed from Lajes Field, Azores en route to Hunter AFB. Shortly after take off it crashed near Praia, Terceira Island, Azores killing six airmen. Airman First Class Cherry was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. Born May 19, 1933, he is buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California.
     
  • Chesnowsky, TSgt. Frank J. - Attached to 98th Bomb Wing, B-29 (#44-86371) was hit by AAA over Pyongyang on May 07, 1951.  It damaged No. 3 & 4 engines hit which possibly caused explosion, lost wing, 4-5 chutes observed, Navy SA-16 and USS Bataan fighter aircraft conducted SAR effort with negative results. Chesnowsky is still missing in action.
     
  • Christopher, 1Lt. Dominick J. - B-29 (#44-87754)  had taken off from Guam on its way to its base near Mountain Home, Idaho when one of the engines failed about 15 minutes after takeoff and the crew turned around to go back to Guam, which is 3,700 miles west of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean. During emergency landing at Andersen AFB, Guam, on December 17, 1953, the plane failed to reach the runway and crashed into an officers housing area at the base, demolishing ten homes and damaging three more.  Nine of the 16 crew members were killed, as were seven on the ground.  Lieutenant Christopher was a fatality.
     
  • Clarkson,  Sgt. John R. - USAF Strategic Air Command experimental project MX-1018, Project Tip-Tow, an attempt to extend fighter escort for bombers on long-range missions by coupling a pair of Republic F-84s onto bomber wingtips, suffered a setback when EF-84D, 48-641, lost control, rolled upside down, and hit the wing of Boeing ETB-29A-60-BN Superfortress (#44-62093), sending both aircraft down to crash in Peconic Bay, New York, on April 24, 1953. The program was immediately cancelled. The B-29 had five crew members and fatalities.  Sergeant Clarkson was born March 30, 1921, a son of John Clifford and Nannie Mae Hughes Clarkson.  He had siblings Lottie, Maria, Shirley, James Clifford, Wilbur Lee, and Houston Shelton Clarkson.  The Clarkson family was from Nelson County, Virginia.  Sergeant Clarkson is buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Clayton, Cpl. Raymond Leroy -  Corporal Raymond L. Clayton was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (United Notions #44-27326) with the 372th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa.  On September 13, 1951, the aircraft was on a combat mission when it crashed into a mountain near Taem-dong, South Korea killing all 14 servicemen on board.  Corporal Clayton was born January 1, 1931.  His home of record was Coalinga, California.  He is buried in King City Cemetery, King City, California.
     
  • Coffey, A/1C Arthur G. - tailgunner on (#44-61940).  MiGs shot off the left wing of the plane on Black Tuesday on October 23, 1951.  Loss of aircraft.  KIA - remains recovered by a crash boat near Taehwado, Korean Bay. 
     
  • Coggins, A/3c James E. - Search and rescue plane (SB-29 (#44-69982) of the 52d Air Rescue Squadron, 6th Air Rescue Group, based at Harmon Air Force Base, Newfoundland, was sent out to assist in search efforts on March 18, 1953 to find a missing B-36 bomber (Convair B-36H 51-13721). The B-29 disappeared shortly before landing, crashing into St. Georges Bay, a few miles from the runway, killing all ten crew members. Coggins was from Allston, Massachusetts.  He was born September 18, 1935 in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
     
  • Cogswell, Maj. Robert Whitney - crew member on (#44-61940) when it was shot down on Black Tuesday on October 23, 1951.  He was on Captain James Foulks' crew.  POW/MIA.  He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on August 18, 1917.
     
  • Colgan, SSgt. Samuel A. - His aircraft ("Sunbonnet King" #44-61815) shot down by two Soviet LA-11 fighters near Yuri Island while on a photo mission over Northern Hokkaido on October 07, 1952.  All eight crew members of the "Sunbonnet King" were lost.
     
  • Colgan, A/1C William - flight mechanic/scanner, lost at sea when his aircraft, ("Typhoon Goon II" #44-69770) disappeared on the morning of October 26, 1952 on a 14-hour over-water flight to obtain information about Typhoon Wilma.
     
  • Collins, 1Lt. John S. - Attached to 98th Bomb Wing, B-29 (#44-86371) was hit by AAA over Pyongyang on May 07, 1951.  It damaged No. 3 & 4 engines hit which possibly caused explosion, lost wing, 4-5 chutes observed, Navy SA-16 and USS Bataan fighter aircraft conducted SAR effort with negative results. Collins is still missing in action.
     
  • Colombel, Sgt. Rexford Lage - On September 19, 1951, while on a leaflet dropping mission, his aircraft ("Miss Manuki/Squeeze Play" #44-86415) developed engine problems and it was ditched in the Sea of Japan.  Its entire crew was lost.
     
  • Colyer, 1Lt. Howard T. - Lieutenant Colyer was a fatality on (#44-27314), a B-29 attached to the 307th Bomb Wing, when one engine went out after take-off and it crashed five miles east of Kadena AB, Okinawa on December 04, 1951. There were nine fatalities.  Born February 05, 1929, Colyer is buried in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas.
     
  • Connolly, 1Lt. James Joseph - Captain Connolly was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Lucky Dog" #44-86370) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On April 12, 1951, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy MiGs and it was ditched. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 31, 1954.  Lieutenant Connolly was born April 19, 1921.  His home of record was Jersey City, New Jersey.
     
  • Corvelli, Lt. Daniel D. - His aircraft (#44-27261) crashed on takeoff from Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya on February 2, 1953. The cause of the crash was because an engine that had recently been replaced had a missing piston and the engine didn't have enough power.  All 15 onboard were killed.  Lieutenant Corvelli was born April 11, 1922.
     
  • Cowles, S/Sgt. Glenn Richard - B-29 (44-62078) based out of March AFB, crashed at Prairie Bay, Azores, on December 07, 1951. The plane was on its way home for Christmas when it got caught in tail winds and the plane went down in the sea.  Sergeant Cowles was born August 30, 1928 in Ft. Madison, Iowa, son of Elder E. and Esther Lucille Levick Cowles.  He had several siblings.  His body was lost at sea.
     
  • Crocker, SSgt. Charles William Jr. - Staff Sergeant Crocker was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-86327) with the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On June 1, 1951, while bombing a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, North Korea, his aircraft was attacked by MiGs setting its wing on fire. Some crewmen were able to parachute into enemy lines. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 31, 1954. He was from Crovallis, Oregon.
     
  • Crutchfield, TSgt. Robert - Robert was a crew member (engineer) of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Tail Wind/Burke's Jerks/Sweet Judy II" #45-21721) with the 345th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On February 7, 1952, while departing on a combat mission, his aircraft crashed during snow three miles northwest of Yokota Air Base, Japan, and Crutchfield was killed.
     
  • Curran, Cpl. Robert G. - He was a crew member of a SB-29 Superfortress rescue aircraft (#44-84124) with the 3rd Air Rescue Squadron, U.S. Air Force.  On January 31, 1951, while on a rescue mission, engines three and four failed and the electric system went out. The aircraft crashed three miles south of Johnson Air Base, killing three members of the crew. He was born September 02, 1931.  His home of record was Waltham, Massachusetts.
     
  • Czyz, Capt. Edmund J. - His aircraft ("Little Red Ass" RB50G-#47145) 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 the region of Cape Gamor on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. shot down by two Russian MiGs over Sea of Japan on July 29, 1953.  All crew but one (1Lt. John Roche) were lost.

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  • Dale, Capt. James L. - He was a member of the crew of ("Dragon Lady" #44-61835) when its #3 engine caught fire and a wing blew away on October 31, 1951.  Ten of the 12 crew members perished when the aircraft crashed 40 miles north of Kadena .
     
  • Daniel, T/Sgt. Isaac Moye - Sergeant Daniel was the flight engineer of a B-29 Superfortress Bomber (#44-61747) assigned to the 375th Bomber Squadron, 308th Bomber Wing based at Hunter Air Force Base. On March 29, 1953, the aircraft departed from Lajes Field, Azores en route to Hunter AFB. Shortly after take off it crashed near Praia, Terceira Island, Azores killing six airmen. Sergeant Daniel was born February 26, 1928 in Laurens County, Georgia, son of Beverly Moye and Sarepta Taylor Daniel.  His older brother was Beverly Taylor "Slim" Daniel.  Isaac is buried in Snow Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Rentz, Georgia.
     
  • Davis, A/1c Earl Arthur - Airman First Class Davis was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Star Duster/Rough Roman" #44-69818) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On July 7, 1953, as the aircraft was returning from a bombing mission, it crashed during the landing approach to Pohang Air Base (K-3), South Korea. All thirteen airmen were killed.  Davis was born August 03, 1931.  He was from Wixom, Michigan.  He is buried in Wixom Cemetery, Wixem, Michigan.
     
  • Davis, Capt. George Arthur Jr. - B-29 aircraft (#44-62279) developed an engine fire in the climb after takeoff.  Steps taken to maintain flight caused the bombs on board to detonate and sever the control wires, and the plane crashed into the China Sea off the coast of Okinawa on October 19, 1950.  There were numerous fatalities, including Davis. He graduated from West Point in 1944 and was trained as a B-17 and B29 pilot in the last year of World War II. He served primarily on Okinawa and in California in the late 1940s. At the start of the Korean War his unit was deployed to Okinawa. He was the husband of Mrs. Ruth M. Davis of Perris.
     
  • DeBoer, 1Lt. Howard Leo - B-29 (#44-87754)  had taken off from Guam on its way to its base near Mountain Home, Idaho when one of the engines failed about 15 minutes after takeoff and the crew turned around to go back to Guam, which is 3,700 miles west of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean. During emergency landing at Andersen AFB, Guam, on December 17, 1953, the plane failed to reach the runway and crashed into an officers housing area at the base, demolishing ten homes and damaging three more.  Nine of the 16 crew members were killed, as were seven on the ground. Lieutenant DeBoer, a bombardier on the plane, was one of the fatalities.  Born January 30, 1922, he is buried in Saint Josephs Cemetery, York, Nebraska.
     
  • Decesare, Maj. Anaclethe Patrick - Major Decesare was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Lucky Dog" #44-86370) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On April 12, 1951, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy MiGs and the plane ditched. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 31, 1954. Born January 13, 1918, his home of record was Providence, Rhode Island.
     
  • Degolyer, Sgt. David Elmer - B-29 (#44-86268) was on a combat mission over North Korea on April 07, 1951. F-84s escorting, when it was damaged by two MiGs.  Two engines went out, the pilot ordered bail out, and the aircraft crashed into the water four miles off NW North Korea. Seven fighter aircraft and three SAR aircraft participated in SAR effort.  Only crewman (2Lt. Charles Shallenberger) was rescued and one crew member became a POW (Pfc. James Lewis Jones).  The rest are still missing in action.  Degolyer is MIA.
     
  • DeLancy, A/2c John Glendale - Airman Second Class DeLancy was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Star Duster/Rough Roman" #44-69818) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On July 7, 1953, as the aircraft was returning from a bombing mission, it crashed during the landing approach to Pohang Airfield (K-3), South Korea. All thirteen airmen were killed.  Airman DeLancy was born July 27, 1931 and his home of record was Raceland, Kentucky.  He is buried in Woodmere Memorial Park, Huntington, West Virginia.
     
  • Delgado, Capt. Raymundo - Captain Delgado was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Lucky Dog" #44-86370) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On April 12, 1951, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy MiGs causing it to be ditched. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 31, 1954.  Born March 15, 1919, his home of record was El Paso, Texas.
     
  • Denn, A2c Willard Martin - Airman First Class Denn was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Loaded 'Leven" #44-69803) with the 344th Bomber Squadron, 998th Bomber Wing. On February 28, 1952, while on a bombing mission, the aircraft's engines developed problems and the crew bailed out. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. Born on September 27, 1932, in Mapleton, Minnesota, he lived in Mankato, Minnesota.
     
  • Davlin, S/Sgt. Wilmer R.  - Sergeant Davlin was a passenger in a B-29 Superfortress Bomber (#44-61747) assigned to the 375th Bomber Squadron, 308th Bomber Wing based at Hunter Air Force Base. On March 29, 1953, the aircraft departed from Lajes Field, Azores en route to Hunter AFB. Shortly after take off it crashed near Praia, Terceira Island, Azores killing six airmen. Born May 10,  1925, he is buried in Stanaford Cemetery, Stanaford, West Virginia.
     
  • Differ, MSgt. Patrick Michael - Master Sergeant Differ was a crew member on a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-62011) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On December 30, 1952, after delivering bombs on the enemy near Taesong-Dong, North Korea, the aircraft was attacked by MiG fighters, and the crew was ordered to bail out about 25 miles north of Pyongyang. He was taken Prisoner of War and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. His remains were not recovered. He was born in Kirkintilloch, Scotland, and lived in Baltimore, Maryland. He was known as "Pat."
     
  • Dingeldein, S/Sgt. Fred "Fritz" - Aircraft (#44-62078), based out of March AFB, crashed at Prairie Bay, Azores, on December 07, 1951. The plane was on its way home for Christmas when it got caught in tail winds and crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff. The men had been in England for three months on a routine training mission. Age 28 from Appleton, Wisconsin, Sergeant Dingeldein was the son of George and Carrie Christianson Dingeldein.  His siblings were George, Dewey, Florence, Dorothy, Marion, Violet, Ethel, and Mildred.
     
  • Dinger, SSgt. Allen Charles "Bud"  - Staff Sergeant Dinger was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Lucky Dog" #44-86370) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On April 12, 1951, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy MiGs and it was ditched in the China Sea. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 31, 1954.  Bud Dinger was born on June 21, 1929 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  He was engaged to marry Joyce Mae Kromer-Gosnell  (died in 1991) and he had several siblings.
     
  • Domaleski, Cpl. Robert Paul - Corporal Domaleski was a crew member of a B- 29A Superfortress Bomber (RB-45 #21749) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On March 29, 1951, while on a combat mission, his aircraft lost two engines over the East China Sea, northwest of Okinawa. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 18, 1951. Born March 18, 1931, Paul Domaleski's home of record was Scranton, Pennsylvania.
     
  • Dougherty, SSgt. Joseph Steen - crew member of (#44-70151) on Black Tuesday October 23, 1951.  The crew bailed out in the Chinnampo, North Korea area.  Dougherty is on the Nielsen-Henderson List.
     
  • Dreese, 1Lt. John Longcoy - First Lieutenant Dreese was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Bait Me" #44-69802) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On September 12, 1952, while on a combat mission, the aircraft's wings iced up and caused the aircraft to stall and crash 21 miles southwest of Kangnung Airfield (K-18), South Korea. His remains were recovered.  Lieutenant Dreese was born October 01, 1924 .  His home of record was Ravenna, Ohio.  He is buried in Standing Rock Cemetery, Kent, Ohio.
     
  • Dugger, Cpl. Robert B. Jr. - He was a crew member on B-29 (#44-61908) flying out of Okinawa when it went down in the Sea of Japan on February 1, 1952, killing all of its 12-man crew.  The wing of the bomber was struck by another B-29 (42-65392) in the formation in which it was flying (a training flight), causing the planes to crash ten miles northwest of Kadena AFB, Okinawa.  There were no survivors on #44-61908, but #42-86392 landed safely with no fatalities.
     
  • Duncan, SSgt. James Harold - His aircraft ("United Notions" #44-62084) was hit by anti-aircraft fire on September 09, 1950 and exploded mid-air near Wolbong-ni.  He was taken prisoner.  MIA. Duncan was from Spokane, Washington.
     
  • Dunham, Capt. John R. "Chute" - shot down by two Soviet LA-11 fighters near Yuri Island while on a photo mission over Northern Hokkaido on October 07, 1952.  All eight crew members of the ("Sunbonnet King" #44-61815) were lost.  His remains were returned in 1993.  He was from Easton, Maryland.

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  • Earns, 1Lt. William Sidney -  Captain Earns was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Miss Jackie The Rebel" #44-61967) with the 30th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing. On June 10, 1952, after completing a bomb run, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire near a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, North Korea, and contact was lost. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.  Born November 10, 1922, his home of record was San Diego, California.
     
  • Edwards, Capt. Morton G. - navigator on ("Police Action" #44-86295) on Black Tuesday.  He was the only fatality on the crew when the plane crash landed.  He was helo-evacuated to 121 Evacuation Hospital, where he died of his wounds. Morton G. Edwards was from Wichita, Kansas.  He was born November 4, 1924 and died October 25, 1951 in Korea. Captain Edwards was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress with the 372th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On October 25, 1951, while on a combat mission, his aircraft was attacked by enemy MiGs and he was killed on board. Captain Edwards was awarded 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.
     
  • Ehrlich, 1Lt Edgar A. - On April 10, 1951, while on a night intruder mission against Sinanju and Kunu-ri, North Korea, in a B-29 Superfortress ("Myakinas" #44-62108), two of the aircraft's engines stopped and the plane crash landed at Taegu Airfield (K-2), South Korea. His remains were recovered.  He was born March 15, 1921.  He was from St. Louis, Missouri.
     
  • Eley, Capt. Charles Wayne - His aircraft (#44-27261) crashed on takeoff from Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya on February 2, 1953. The cause of the crash was because an engine that had recently been replaced had a missing piston and the engine didn't have enough power.  All 15 onboard were killed.  Captain Eley was born November 18, 1918.
     
  • Elsman, Sgt,. Ralph Jr. - KIA on April 12, 1951 when his plane, ("Hot Box" #44-69682) was attacked by MiGs and crashed into a mountain near Sinuiju.
     
  • Engler, SSgt. Claude Melvin Jr. - Staff Sergeant Engler was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Hoxie's Hoax" #44-61923) with the 325th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group. On July 13, 1950, while making a bombing run at Oki-Gunto, Korea, bombs prematurely exploded and the aircraft crashed near Dogo Island, Japan. His remains were recovered. He was born January 14, 1924, in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, son of Claude Melvin and Bertha Ann Howey Engler.
     
  • English, Capt. Eugene M. - shot down by two Soviet LA-11 fighters near Yuri Island while on a photo mission over Northern Hokkaido on October 07, 1952.  All eight crew members of the ("Sunbonnet King" #44-61815) were lost.
     
  • Erickson, Pfc. Dean John - Private First Class Erickson was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Miss Manukie/Squeeze Play" #44-86415) with the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On September 19, 1951, while on a leaflet dropping mission, his aircraft developed engine problems and it was ditched in the Sea of Japan. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on July 29, 1952.  Erickson was born March 17, 1930.  His home of record is Minneapolis, Minnesota.
     
  • Erickson, SSgt. Lee Eldon - Attached to 98th Bomb Wing, B-29 (#44-86371) was hit by AAA over Pyongyang on May 07, 1951.  It damaged No. 3 & 4 engines hit which possibly caused explosion, lost wing, 4-5 chutes observed, Navy SA-16 and USS Bataan fighter aircraft conducted SAR effort with negative results. Erickson is missing in action.
     
  • Errico, 1Lt. Robert - Search and rescue plane (SB-29 (#44-69982) of the 52d Air Rescue Squadron, 6th Air Rescue Group, based at Harmon Air Force Base, Newfoundland, was sent out to assist in search efforts on March 18, 1953 to find a missing B-36 bomber (Convair B-36H 51-13721). The B-29 disappeared shortly before landing, crashing into St. Georges Bay, a few miles from the runway, killing all ten crew members. Lieutenant Errico was from Bronx, New York.
     
  • Errington, SSgt. John Harrison - Technical Sergeant Errington was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Miss Jackie The Rebel" #44-61767) with the 30th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing. On June 10, 1952, after completing a bomb run, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire near a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, North Korea, and contact was lost. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.  Born June 17, 1927, he was a son of Max Carey Errington Sr. and Lela Easley Harrington.  His home of record was McComb, Mississippi.
     
  • Evans, 1Lt. Emmett O. - First Lieutenant Evans was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-62073) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On November 8, 1952, while on a night bombing mission, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed. He was listed as Killed in Action on November 9, 1953. His remains were not recovered. He was born at Fort Payne, Alabama on September 10, 1924, and lived in Houston, Texas.  He had a daughter, Vicki Evans Wilson, now of Nashville, Tennessee
     
  • Evenskaas, SSgt. George E. - Staff Sergeant Evenskaas was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-27314) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On December 4, 1951, while departing on a combat mission, one engine quit after take-off and the aircraft crashed five miles east of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, killing nine crew members. Born April 18, 1929, Sergeant Evenskaas was from Montana.
     
  • Evert, 2Lt. William Frank - Four minutes after take-off, his aircraft ("Heart's Desire" #44-86400) struck a small hill near the village of Daimon, six miles northwest of Yokota AB, Japan and burned on March 31, 1952. He was a fatality.

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  • Faeth, Sgt. William Patrick - His aircraft ("United Notions" #44-62084) was hit by AAA on September 09, 1950 and exploded in mid-air near Wolbong-ni.  Faeth was from St. Paul, Minnesota.  MIA.
     
  • Farler, Capt. Hugh P. - Captain Farler was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-86327) with the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On June 1, 1951, while bombing a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, North Korea, his aircraft was attacked by MiGs setting its wing on fire. Some crewmen were able to parachute into enemy lines. His remains were recovered and he is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
     
  • Fasullo, A/1c Anthony J. - radio operator, lost at sea when his aircraft, ("Typhoon Goon II" #44-69770), disappeared while on a weather reconnaissance mission during Typhoon Wilma on October 26, 1952.  See Losses - Aircraft section.
     
  • Fiser, Capt. Leonard E. - Captain Fiser was a crew member of a B-29 Superfortress Bomber (#44-83985) with the 2nd Air Rescue Squadron, 2nd Bomber Wing based at Hunter Air Force Base, Georgia. On July 10, 1953, his aircraft crashed about seven miles from Hunter AFB, killing all 10 crew members.  Captain Fiser was born Octgober 10, 1920.  He was a World War II veteran.  He is buried in the IOOF Cemetery, Marengo, Iowa.
     
  • Fisher, Capt. William Royal - His aircraft ("Double Whammy" #44-87734) crashed into the Sea of Japan between Okinawa and southern Korea north of Chinnampo on January 23, 1952 after a runaway propeller sheared and cut the fuselage.  MIA.  Fisher was born June 9, 1924 and was from Levittown, New York.
     
  • Fitzwater, TSgt. Charles R. - Four minutes after take-off, his aircraft ("Heart's Desire" #44-86400) struck a small hill near the village of Daimon, six miles northwest of Yokota AB, Japan and burned on March 31, 1952. He was a fatality.
     
  • Flaherty, A/1c John Francis - Staff Sergeant Flaherty was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Miss Jackie The Rebel" #44-61767)with the 30th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing. On June 10, 1952, after completing a bomb run, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire near a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, North Korea, and contact was lost. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.  Born October 21, 1928, his home of record was Dorchester, Massachusetts.
     
  • Fleming, A/2c Edward John - Airman First Class Fleming was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Star Duster/Rough Roman" #44-69818) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On July 7, 1953, as the aircraft was returning from a bombing mission, it crashed during the landing approach to Pohang Airfield (K-3), South Korea. All thirteen airmen were killed.  Airman Fleming was born November 11, 1933.  His home of record was Breckenridge, Minnesota.  He is buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
     
  • Fleming, 1Lt. James William Jr. - First Lieutenant Fleming was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-62073) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On November 8, 1952, while on a night bombing mission, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on November 9, 1953.  He was born June 10, 1924.  His home of record was Saint Marys, Pennsylvania.
     
  • Findel, Sgt. Gerald K. - Sergeant Findel was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("United Notions" #44-27326) with the 372th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 13, 1951, the aircraft was on a combat mission when it crashed into a mountain near Taem-dong, South Korea killing all 14 servicemen on board.  Sergeant Findel was born October 05, 1929.  His home of record was Alpine, California.  He is buried in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
     
  • Fontaine, M/Sgt. Edward H. - radio operator, lost at sea when his aircraft, ("Typhoon Goon II" #44-69770) disappeared on the morning of October 26, 1952 on a 14-hour over-water flight to obtain information about Typhoon Wilma.
     
  • Foote, SSgt. Victor Gene - Staff Sergeant Foote was a gunner of a B- 29A Superfortress Bomber (#45-21814) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Group based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On November 10, 1950, while on his 50th bombing mission near the Yalu River, his aircraft was shot down by six MiG-15s about seven miles southwest of Kusong, North Korea. He was taken Prisoner of War and died while a prisoner at Camp #5 in North Korea on February 16, 1951. His remains were recovered.  Born December 22, 1924, he was the son of Ray C. and Mar C. Foote.  His home of record was Wellington, Kansas.
     
  • Fose, SSgt. Carlton J. - Attached to the 55th SRS (M) Weather at McClellan AFB, California, his B-29 weather plane (WB-29 #44-87756) crashed on April 05, 1952 as it approached for landing at McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento, California. The crash occurred three miles short of the runway after returning from a 19-hour flight. Born January 01, 1930, he is buried in Saint Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Wisconsin. 
     
  • Foster, 1Lt. Robert Richard - First Lieutenant Foster was a crew member on a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-62011) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On December 30, 1952, after delivering bombs on the enemy near Taesong-Dong, North Korea, the aircraft was attacked by MiG fighters, and the crew was ordered to bail out about 25 miles north of Pyongyang. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. By Bill Differ, son of Patrick Differ, B-29 crew that was shot down on December 30,1952. He was born in Bangor, Maine, on April 29, 1919, but lived in South Gate, California.
     
  • Foster, MSgt. Wilbur "Wib" - Master Sergeant Foster was a crew member (the flight engineer) of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Our Gal" #44-61932) with the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On October 24, 1951, while in formation for a bombing run, the aircraft was attacked by 40 to 70 MiGs and damaged. The crew bailed out over Wonsan Harbor near Triyom-do, North Korea. He died during the bailout.  Born February 13, 1922, he is buried in La Feria, Texas, in a Foster family plot.
     
  • Foulks, Capt. James Arch - Captain Foulks was the pilot of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-61940) with the 372th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On October 23, 1951, while on a bombing mission, the aircraft was attacked by enemy MiGs near Namsi Airfield. The plane's left wing was shot off.  The aircraft headed toward the Yellow Sea and crashed. Captain Foulks' remains were not recovered.  See Black Tuesday.  Captain Foulks was born March 03, 1922.
     
  • Francis, 1Lt. Edward Rolland - First Lieutenant Francis was a veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was the navigator of a B-29 Superfortress Bomber (#44-27262) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On January 27, 1953 the aircraft was on a combat mission when it crashed 3 miles north of Suwon Airfield (K-13), South Korea, killing him and two other airmen.  He was born August 27, 1924 and his home of record was Fort Johnson, New York.
     
  • Friedman, 1Lt. Richard M. - First Lieutenant Friedman was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Miss Jackie The Rebel" #44-61967) with the 30th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing. On June 10, 1952, after completing a bomb run, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire near a railroad bridge at Kwakson, North Korea, and contact was lost. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.  Born September 10, 1927, his home of record was Chicago, Illinois.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Friedman of Chicago, Illinois, and was a 1945 graduate of the Chicago Public School System.
     
  • Friend, 2Lt. Lysle Vance - 2nd Lieutenant Friend, from Romney, West Virginia, was the co-pilot of U.S. Air Force KB-29M Superfortress (#44-87782), serving with the 43rd Aerial Refueling Squadron, 43rd Bomber Wing. The aircraft experienced engine failures on takeoff, and was attempting to return to the airfield at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, Arizona, when it crashed short of the runway. All eight aboard were killed.  Lieutenant Friend was born December 25, 1924 and is buried in Arlington Cemetery.  He was a World War II veteran.
     
  • Froisness, 1Lt. Gordon Nowell - First Lieutenant Froisness was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Lubricating Lady" #44-61751) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa. On October 31, 1952, when his aircraft was returning from a mission over Korea and was about 110 miles from Kadena, it developed engine trouble and crashed into the ocean. Eleven crew members were lost. His remains were not recovered.  Born June 25, 1917, Lieutenant Froisness was from San Lorenzo, California.
     
  • Fuehrer, SSgt. Alois Anton - Crew member, (#44-61940).  Staff Sergeant Fuehrer was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-61940) with the 372th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On October 23, 1951, while on a bombing mission, the aircraft was attacked by enemy MiGs near Namsi Airfield and the left wing was shot off. It headed toward the Yellow Sea and crashed. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954.  See Black Tuesday.  Sergeant Fuehrer was born November 08, 1927 in Cheshire, Connecticut.
     
  • Fultz, MSgt. Edwin M. - Attached to the 55th SRS (M) Weather at McClellan AFB, California, his B-29 weather plane (WB-29 #44-87756) crashed on April 05, 1952 as it approached for landing at McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento, California. The crash occurred three miles short of the runway after returning from a 19-hour flight. Born February 08, 1921, he was from Pennsylvania.  He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Milroy, Pennsylvania.
     
  • Furnberg, A/1c Courtney O.  - He was a crew member of a B-29 Superfortress Bomber with the 2nd Air Rescue Squadron, 2nd Bomber Wing based at Hunter Air Force Base, Georgia. On July 10, 1953, his aircraft (#44-83985) crashed about seven miles from Hunter AFB, killing all 10 crew members.  Airman Furnberg was born January 2, 1931.  He was from Fargo, North Dakota.
     
  • Fyffe, 1Lt. Luke Cole "Billy" - KIA while a crew member of ("Our Gal" #44-61932) when 40 to 70 MiGs attacked a B-29 formation on October 24, 1951.  His aircraft 44-61932 was damaged to the degree that the crew bailed out over Wonsan Harbor near Tri-yom-do. US Navy aircraft flew RESCAP over the crew. All but two were rescued. Born May 2, 1923 in Marshall, Texas, Lieutenant Fyffe was the son of Pat Cleburne and Christine Taylor Fyffe.

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  • Gabree, SSgt. Donald Wayne - His B-29 ("Little Red Ass" RB50G-#47145) 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 the region of Cape Gamor on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. All crew but one (1Lt. John Roche) were lost.
     
  • Gallant, James Alvin - Airman First Class Gallant was a crew member of a B-29A Bomber (#42-94045) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On October 23, 1951, the aircraft was shot down by enemy MiGs over Namsi Airfield, North Korea. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954.  Born October 10, 1931, his home of record was Williamstown, Ohio.
     
  • Gandin, Capt. David - B-29 aircraft (#44-62279) developed an engine fire in the climb after takeoff.  Steps taken to maintain flight caused the bombs on board to detonate and sever the control wires, and the plane crashed into the China Sea off the coast of Okinawa on October 19, 1950.  Gandin was a fatality.  He was born in Culver City, California, on April 15, 1919.  He was the father of Leslie and Dee Gandin, son of Mrs. Bertha Gandin, brother of Dr. Morris M. Gandin, and brother of Mrs. Rose Jaffe of Los Angeles. 
     
  • Garrison, Capt. Fred Herron - pilot of (#44-62073) when the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire on November 08, 1952 during a night mission.  The plane crashed and Garrison was taken POW.  He is Missing in Action.  He was born July 22, 1917 in Casey County, Kentucky, son of Austin and Minnie Herren Garrison.
     
  • Garza, Capt. Osbaldo - Captain Garza was a decorated veteran of World War II flying 53 combat missions in the Southwest Pacific. In Korea, he was the navigator of a B-29A Superfortress ("Fujigmo" #44-62166) from the 371st Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group, 307th Bomber Wing and flew 16 missions. On July 22, 1952, his aircraft caught fire northeast of Ocho-o, South Korea and crashed. All thirteen airmen were killed. Buried with other members of the crew at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Captain Garza was born December 18, 1919 and his home of record was Brownsville, Texas.
     
  • Gassaway, A/2c George J. - Aircraft (#44-83985) crashed "with terrific force" in a marshy swamp about seven and a half miles south-southwest of Hunter AFB, Savannah, Georgia, home base of the B-29, on July 10, 1953.  The B-29 was on a training mission, and an explosion was believed to be the probable cause.  The B-29 slammed into the  muck alongside Rock Fish Creek, and the wreckage was spotted about 9:25 a.m. the next day by a Navy helicopter which joined in the search being conducted by search parties pushing through swampland on flatboats.  It was found near the mouth of the Ageechee River.  All ten crew members were killed.  Airman Gassaway was born December 19, 1932, son  of Clyde Edwin Gassaway (1918-1997).  He is buried in Oak Hill Memorial Park, McAlester, Oklahoma.
     
  • Gendusa, 2Lt. Vincent P.  - (WB29 #44-61640) plunged into the sea on February 26, 1952 while on a typhoon tracking mission.  Its number one engine burst into flames.  The B-29 was based at the 54th SRS (M) Weather at Andersen AFB, Guam.  Lieutenant Gendusa was one of six missing crewmen.
     
  • Glantz, 1Lt. Wilburt E. - Lieutenant Glantz was a crew member of a B-29 Superfortress Bomber (#44-83985) with the 2nd Air Rescue Squadron, 2nd Bomber Wing based at Hunter Air Force Base, Georgia. On July 10, 1953, his aircraft crashed about seven miles from Hunter AFB, killing all 10 crew members.  Lieutenant Glantz was from Cleveland, Ohio.
     
  • Gonteski, Cpl. John Stanley - B-29 (#44-86268) was on a combat mission over North Korea on April 07, 1951. F-84s escorting, when it was damaged by two MiGs.  Two engines went out, the pilot ordered bail out, and the aircraft crashed into the water four miles off NW North Korea. Seven fighter aircraft and three SAR aircraft participated in SAR effort.  Only crewman (2Lt. Charles Shallenberger) was rescued and one crew member became a POW (Pfc. James Lewis Jones).  The rest are still missing in action.
     
  • Goodman, 2Lt. George Morris - First Lieutenant Goodman was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-86327) with the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On June 1, 1951, while bombing a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, his aircraft was attacked by MiGs setting its wing on fire. Some crewmen were able to parachute into enemy lines. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 31, 1954. He was from Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania.
     
  • Goodwin, 1Lt. Bobbie Alfred - First Lieutenant Goodwin was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Lucky Dog" #44-86370) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On April 12, 1951, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy MiGs and it was ditched. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 31, 1954. Lieutenant Goodwin was born April 11, 1926.  His home of record was Ada, Oklahoma.
     
  • Gorrell, Capt. Louis Paul -  Captain Gorrell was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Hot to Go" #44-62183) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On June 10, 1952, while on a night mission, the aircraft was hit by rocket fire from a MiG near Kwaksan, North Korea and exploded. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. Aircraft Pilot.  Born March 28, 1920, the son of Earl L. and Pearl Gorrell, his home of record was Parkersburg, West Virginia.  His brother was Fred Gorrell.
     
  • Gould, Pfc. Jack Lloyd - Pfc Gould was serving in the US Air Force as a radio operator with the 99th Bombardment Squadron. A B-29 (#44-87651) that was stationed at Fairfield-Suisun AFB crashed and burned shortly after takeoff on 5 August 1950. In addition to the plane burning, part of the ordinance the plane was carrying exploded. Pfc. Gould was one of ten men who perished in the rear of the plane. Two men in the front of the aircraft also died from injuries.  Pfc Gould was born May 26, 1920 in California, son of Benjamin F. and Winifred Foreman Gould.  He was married to Wilma Virginia Becker at the time of his death. He had a child who was born after he died. He is buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California.
     
  • Goulet, A/1c Roland Edgar - His B-29 ("Little Red Ass" RB50G-#47145) 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 the region of Cape Gamor on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. All crew but one (1Lt. John Roche) were lost.
     
  • Grable, Col. John Jr. - Colonel Grable was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Tail Wind/Burke's Jerks/Sweet Judy II" #45-21721) with the 345th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On February 7, 1952, while departing on a combat mission, his aircraft crashed during snow three miles northwest of Yokota Air Base, Japan, and he was killed.  Colonel Grable was born October 25, 1918, son of John and Sylvia Hill Grable.  He was survived by his wife Helene and two daughters.  He is buried in Rhine Cemetery, Tison, Illinois. John Grable was the 1939-40 Chief Illiniwek at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.
     
  • Grant, MSgt. William H. - His aircraft (#44-27261) crashed on takeoff from Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya on February 2, 1953. The cause of the crash was because an engine that had recently been replaced had a missing piston and the engine didn't have enough power.  All 15 onboard were killed.  Sergeant Grant was born in Bossier City, Louisiana in 1914.  He was a medical specialist.  He was survived by his wife Nellie Frances Grant (died 1959).
     
  • Gray, M/Sgt. Kenneth Albert - This aircraft (#44-62078), based out of March AFB, crashed at Prairie Bay, Azores, on December 07, 1951. The plane was on its way home for Christmas when it got caught in tail winds and crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff. The men had been in England for three months on a routine training mission.  Sergeant Gray was born October 19, 1918.  He was a World War II and Korean War veteran.
     
  • Green, MSgt. Avery J. - died when B-29 ("Over Exposed" #44-61813) was damaged by MiG-15 and crash landed short of Johnson Air Base, Japan, on November 09, 1950.  He was the flight engineer.  He was from Columbus, Indiana.
     
  • Gunhus, SSgt. Orvis J. - died when B-29 ("Over Exposed" #44-61813) was damaged by MiG-15 and crash landed short of Johnson Air Base, Japan, on November 09, 1950.  This World War II veteran was a crewman on "Over Exposed".  He was from Kenyhon, Minnesota.

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  • Haas, Capt. John Lincoln - Captain Haas was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Heart's Desire II" #44-69656) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On March 19, 1951, while on a combat mission, an aircraft's engine burst into flames. Most of the crew bailed out. He was listed as Killed in Action. His remains were not recovered.  He was from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
     
  • Haberle, 1Lt. William Joseph - KIA while a crew member of ("Our Gal" #44-61932) on October 24, 1951 when 40 to 70 MiGs attacked a B-29 formation.  His aircraft #44-61932 was damaged to the degree that the crew bailed out over Wonsan Harbor near Tri-yom-do. US Navy aircraft flew RESCAP over the crew. All but two were rescued.  Born April 26, 1917, Lieutenant Haberle was from Costa Mesa, California.
     
  • Hackbarth, Lt. John Thomas - His aircraft (#44-27261) crashed on takeoff from Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya on February 2, 1953. The cause of the crash was because an engine that had recently been replaced had a missing piston and the engine didn't have enough power.  All 15 onboard were killed.  Lieutenant Hackbarth was born February 23, 1922.
     
  • Hadley, Maj. George Allen - Major Hadley was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Miss Jackie the Rebel" #44-61967) with the 30th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing. On June 10, 1952, after completing a bomb run, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire near a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, North Korea, and contact was lost. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.  Major Hadley was born November 21, 1918.  His home of record was San Angelo, Texas.
     
  • Hagerty, Capt. Edward D. - He was a crew member of a SB-29 Superfortress rescue aircraft (#44-84124) with the 3rd Air Rescue Squadron, U.S. Air Force.  On January 31, 1951, while on a rescue mission, engines three and four failed and the electric system went out. The aircraft crashed three miles south of Johnson Air Base, killing three members of the crew. Captain Hagerty was born January 08, 1919.  His home of record was San Fernando, California.
     
  • Hall, Pfc. Arthur Lee - His aircraft was rammed by B-29 (#44-87774) on March 12, 1952.  Both planes crashed and all personnel were killed.  There were seven crew members who lost their lives that day while on a transition flight on B-29 #44-62223.  Born in 1930, he shares a tombstone in the Marco Cemetery, Marco, Indiana, with Edith Mae Hall. (Born in 1930, she was probably his wife.)
     
  • Hamblin, M/Sgt. Robert Warren - Master Sergeant Hamblin was a veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was the flight engineer of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-70151) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On October 23, 1951, Black Tuesday, while on a bombing mission, MiGs damaged the aircraft and the crew bailed out in the Chinnampo to Inchon area over the Yellow Sea.  Hamblin was taken POW and he is on the Nielsen-Henderson List.  Born March 23, 1931, he was from Manhattan, New York.
     
  • Hammon, TSgt. Keith E. - Technical Sergeant Hammon was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-62073) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On November 8, 1952, while on a night bombing mission, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on November 9, 1953. He was born in Roseland, Florida, on January 22, 1922.
     
  • Haney, TSgt. Leroy Alvin - Technical Sergeant Haney was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress ("Fujigmo" #44-62166) from the 371st Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group, 307th Bomber Wing. On July 22, 1952, while on a combat mission, his aircraft caught fire northeast of Ocho-o, South Korea and crashed. All thirteen airmen were killed.  Haney was born December 29, 1921 and his home of record was Sullivan, Indiana.  He was survived by a young son.
     
  • Happ, 1Lt. Carl George Jr. - First Lieutenant Happ was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Loaded 'Leven" #44-69803) with the 344th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On February 28, 1952, while on a bombing mission, the aircraft's engines developed problems and the crew bailed out. His remains were recovered. Happ was born August 10, 1925.  His home of record was Cold Spring Harbor, New York.
     
  • Harrell, Maj. Sterling L. - aircraft commander, lost at sea when his aircraft, ("Typhoon Goon II" #44-69770) disappeared on the morning of October 26, 1952 on a 14-hour over-water flight to obtain information about Typhoon Wilma.  Major Harrell enlisted in the USAAF on 25 November 1940, attended OTS, and subsequently pilot training. He served in the CBI, flying the "Hump" for over 178 missions.  After the War, he was a flying instructor for the C-47, C-54, and the B-29. He continued to fly combat and weather reconnaissance missions to the end of his life. He received his senior pilot rating in February 1950. On 7 July 1952, he was posted to the 54th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron on Anderson AFB, Guam and promoted to the rank of Major. While on Guam, he piloted his weather reconnaissance plane into thirteen typhoons and held the title of Operations Officer. On 26 October 1952, he was the pilot of WB-29 (#44-69770) "Typhoon Goon II" that was on a mission to check out a typhoon, and then land at Clark AFB. He flew into the eye of "Typhoon Wilma" (a Category 5 storm). The aircraft was reported missing while on a flight between Guam and the Philippine Islands. Native fisherman saw the aircraft go into an uncontrollable spin, crash into the sea, and sink off the coast of San Ricardo Point, at the southern end of Leyte Island.  Major Harrell's home state was Mississippi.
     
  • Harrell, SSgt. Virgil Bryan Jr. - Aircraft ("United Notions" #44-62084) was hit by AAA on September 09, 1950 and exploded in mid-air near Wolbong-ni.  Harrell was from Miami, FL. MIA.
     
  • Harris, 1Lt. Charles W. - Captain Harris was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (RB-45 #21749) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On March 29, 1951, while on a combat mission, his aircraft lost two engines over the East China Sea, northwest of Okinawa. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 18, 1951. Born June 12, 1923, his home of record was Memphis, Tennessee.
     
  • Harris, 1Lt. Ralph Lionel - First Lieutenant Harris was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Star Duster/Rough Roman" #44-69818) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On July 7, 1953, as the aircraft was returning from a bombing mission, it crashed during the landing approach to Pohang Air Base (K-3). All thirteen airmen were killed. Originally from Oregon.  Ralph was born May 14, 1929.  His home of record was Beaverton, Oregon.  He is buried in Willamette National Cemetery.
     
  • Harrison, Sgt. Joseph - Aircraft (#44-62078), based out of March AFB, crashed at Prairie Bay, Azores, on December 07, 1951. The plane was on its way home for Christmas when it got caught in tail winds and crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff. The men had been in England for three months on a routine training mission. Sergeant Harrison, age 31, was from Long Beach, California.
     
  • Hart, A2C Alvin Dale Jr. - A member of 581st Air Resupply Squadron, his aircraft ("Stardust Four Zero" #44-62217) was shot down at night on January 13, 1953 while dropping leaflets over enemy territory.  The aircraft was attacked by 12 MiGs. Crew of 14 - Three crew members were killed and eleven were taken prisoner.
     
  • Harvey, Capt. Robert Gordon - KIA on ("Lubricating Lady" #44-61751) October 31, 1952.  Born October 03, 1919, he was from San Diego, California.
     
  • Harview, Cpl. Keith J. - Corporal Harview was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (RB-45 #21749) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On March 29, 1951, while on a combat mission, his aircraft lost two engines over the East China Sea, northwest of Okinawa. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 18, 1951. From Truo, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Born December 04, 1926, he was from Truo, Nova Scotia, Canada.
     
  • Hatfield, LtC Douglas Hampton - MIA on April 12, 1951 when his plane, ("Hot Box" #44-69682) was attacked by MiGs and crashed into a mountain near Sinuiju.  Douglas Hatfield was a decorated World War II veteran.  LTC Hatfield was born August 07, 1919 in Shenandoah, Virginia, a son of James E. and Hilda Foley Hatfield.  His remains were identified in 2007 and returned to his family.  Hatfield had received orders to go home but decided to make a last bombing run with a new and inexperienced crew.  He was survived by his wife Mary Margaret, who wrote to him every week for two years, as well as a three-year-old son, Steve Hatfield. 
     
  • Haun, 2Lt. John Henry - bombardier, KIA on ("Lubricating Lady" #44-61751) October 31, 1952. Born August 26, 1925, he was from Overland, Missouri. 
     
  • Hawes, 2Lt. Richard Elliott - Attached to 98th Bomb Wing, B-29 (#44-86371) was hit by AAA over Pyongyang on May 07, 1951.  It damaged No. 3 & 4 engines hit which possibly caused explosion, lost wing, 4-5 chutes observed, Navy SA-16 and USS Bataan fighter aircraft conducted SAR effort with negative results. Hawes is missing in action.
     
  • Haynes, Capt. Nathan Clifford Jr. - Captain Haynes was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#42-94072) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 8, 1950, while returning from a bombing mission over Korea, his aircraft crashed into the East China Sea five miles north of Okinawa, killing eight crew members. His remains were not recovered.
     
  • Hays, A/2c Melvin Blaine "Spud" - Airman Second Class Hays was a crew member of a B-29A Bomber (#42-94045) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On October 23, 1951, the aircraft was shot down by enemy MiGs over Namsi Airfield. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. Hays was born August 18, 1920 in Britton, South Dakota.  His home of record was Seattle, Washington.  He was also a World War II veteran.
     
  • Heath, MSgt. Ralph Roosevelt - Technical Sergeant Heath was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Bait Me" #44-69802) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing. On September 12, 1952, while on a combat mission, the aircraft's wings iced up and caused the aircraft to stall and crash 21 miles southwest of Kangnung, South Korea. His remains were recovered.  Sergeant Heath was born April 08, 1923.  His home of record was Kinston, North Carolina.  He is buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Kinston.  He was the son of Ralph Roosevelt Heath Sr.
     
  • Hebert, Capt. Robert Richard - He was declared MIA when his B-29 (#44-62083) was lost on a training mission in the Sea of Japan on January 31, 1952. Speculation among others stationed in Okinawa was that bombs aboard the aircraft detonated accidentally en route to their target killing everyone onboard.  Hebert was married with at least one child (Michael), and was from San Bernardino, California.
     
  • Heer, 2Lt. David Thames - First Lieutenant Heer was a crew member on a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-62011) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On December 30, 1952, after delivering bombs on the enemy near Taesong-Dong, North Korea, the aircraft was attacked by MiG fighters, and the crew was ordered to bail out about 25 miles north of Pyongyang. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. By Bill Differ, son of Patrick Differ, Sergeant B-29 crew shot down on December 30, 1952. His nickname was "Dave."  David Heer was born February 18, 1l929, the son of Ray and Ellen O'Bryan Heer.  His home of record was Louisville, Kentucky.
     
  • Heffernan, Sgt. Neal Philip - Sergeant Heffernan was a crew member (gunner) of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Tail Wind/Burke's Jerks/Sweet Judy II" #45-21721) with the 345th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On February 7, 1952, while departing on a combat mission, his aircraft crashed during snow three miles northwest of Yokota Air Base, Japan, and he was killed.  Born December 18, 1930, he is buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California.
     
  • Heise, Capt. Arthur - Captain Heise was a decorated veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was an aircraft commander of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-61802) with the 372th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa. On January 10, 1953, his aircraft was shot down by enemy MiGs over Anju marshalling yards in North Korea. Eleven members of his crew were taken prisoner, but Captain Heise was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 11, 1954. His remains were not recovered. He was born January 07, 1918 in Cleveland, Ohio.  He had a son, Robert Earl, who took on the name of his stepfather after Captain Heise was declared presumed dead.  Robert was born in 1950.
     
  • Henry, 1Lt. Dewey Rosenhall - Crew member of ("Shady Lady/Double or Nuthin'" #42-65357),  b-29 that was shot down January 27, 1953.  POW/MIA.  He was from Atlanta, Georgia. 
     
  • Henson, SSgt. Shields Taylor "Toby" - Technical Sergeant Henson was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber #44-86370) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On April 12, 1951, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy MiGs and it was ditched. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 31, 1954. His nickname was "Toby." Toby Henson was born May 20, 1927, son of Claude and Mert Henson.  His home of record was Cincinnati, Ohio.
     
  • Henry, 1Lt. Robert D. - Lieutenant Henry was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Tail Wind/Burke's Jerks/Sweet Judy II" #45-21721) with the 345th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On February 7, 1952, while departing on a combat mission, his aircraft crashed during snow three miles northwest of Yokota Air Base, Japan, and he was killed.  Lieutenant Henry was born October 19, 1923 in Deland, Florida.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
     
  • Herr, SSgt. George - Staff Sergeant Herr was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-62082) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On July 28, 1950, while on a combat mission, an engine caught fire. The bombs were released and some crew members bailed out. The aircraft finally landed safely at Haneda Air Base, Japan. He jumped but was killed in the fall.  Born May 25, 1921, he was from Remington, Indiana.  He is buried in the Remington Cemetery.

    Rensselaer Republican, Mon., 31 July 1950, pg. 1, col. 6, "George Herr, Jr., Jasper Co. Boy, Is Korean War Fatality" - The full impact of war struck Jasper County today when Mrs. Sophia Mischer received word that her nephew, George Herr, Jr., was killed in action in Korea on July 28th. The message did not contain details. Mr. Herr was a former student of St. Joseph College here where he studied for two years after being graduated from Remington high school [in 1939]. He was born in Rensselaer May 25, 1921 [son of George and Gertie M. Hudson Herr].  His college career was interrupted by World War II. He was on foreign service much of the time during World War II as a member of the crew of a B29. He received several medals for distinguished services. Following World War II he was stationed at Fort Wright at Spokane, Washington, but soon after the outbreak of the Korean trouble, he was sent to Korea. Survivors are the wife, Hilda [Hildegard S. Herr], and two-year-old son-George III, and other relatives.
     
  • Higgins, SSgt. George Washington - Staff Sergeant Higgins was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Lucky Dog" #44-86370) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On April 12, 1951, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy MiGs and it ditched. Sergeant Higgins was born on February 22, 1928.  His remains were recovered by surface vessel on April 17, 1951.  They were returned to the USA and interned at Jarnagon Cemetery on January 02, 1952 with full military honors by the USAF from Dalton AFB in Greenville, South Carolina.
     
  • Hildebrandt, 1Lt. Warren - A crew member of ("Lil' Darlin" #44-86273), his B-29 crashed into the Yokota Bowling Alley and clothing sales while returning from a bomb mission on October 14, 1951.  He was the son of Harley J. and Betty Hildebrandt of Salina, Kansas.
     
  • Hill, SSgt. Donald George - His B-29 ("Little Red Ass" RB50G-#47145) 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 the region of Cape Gamor on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. All crew but one (1Lt. John Roche) were lost.
     
  • Hill, 2Lt. William Francis - His aircraft crashed ("Bust 'N The Blue" #44-62167) on August 30, 1952, four miles north of Taegu.  He and all 11 other crew members died.  His body was recovered. Born March 20, 1925, his home of record was Cohoes, New York.
     
  • Hinrichs, TSgt. August Henry Jr. - Aircraft (#45-21814) was shot down by MiGs about seven miles southwest of Kusong, North Korea while on a bombing mission near the Yalu River on November 10, 1950.  August Hinrichs is MIA.
     
  • Hirsch, Sgt. John Arthur - shot down by two Soviet LA-11 fighters near Yuri Island while on a photo mission over Northern Hokkaido on October 07, 1952.  All eight crew members of the ("Sunbonnet King #44-61815) were lost.
     
  • Hoag, Capt. Eugene Maurice - He was a crew member on B-29 (#44-61908) flying out of Okinawa when it went down in the Sea of Japan on February 1, 1952, killing all of its 12-man crew.  The wing of the bomber was struck by another B-29 (#42-65392) in the formation in which it was flying (a training flight), causing the planes to crash ten miles northwest of Kadena AFB, Okinawa.  There were no survivors on #44-61908, but #42-86392 landed safely with no fatalities.
     
  • Hobbie, Capt. Jack Melvin - Captain Hobbie was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-86327) with the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On June 1, 1951, while bombing a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, his aircraft was attacked by MiGs, setting its wing on fire. Some crewmen were able to parachute into enemy lines. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 31, 1954.  He was from San Francisco, California.
     
  • Hobday, A/1c Jimmie Rowland - Airman First Class Hobday was the tail gunner of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Wolf Pack" #44-86343) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 13, 1952, while making a bomb run on the Suiho Hydroelectric Plant, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954.  He was born May 26, 1932 and graduated from high school in Cortez, Colorado in May 1950.
     
  • Hoffman, Sgt. Theodore J. - Sergeant Hoffman was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (RB-45 #21749) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On March 29, 1951, while on a combat mission, his aircraft lost two engines over the East China Sea, northwest of Okinawa. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 18, 1951. Born August 15, 1930, his home of record was Cheboygan, Michigan.
     
  • Hogan, 1Lt. David Hiram Jr. - First Lieutenant Hogan was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-27314) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On December 4, 1951, while departing on a combat mission, one engine quit after take-off and the aircraft crashed five miles east of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, killing nine crew members.

    Information from "Some Gave All, Personal Stories of Sacrifice", written by Carolyn E. Abell, c. 2011 by Tift Genealogical Society and published by Family Heritage Publishers of Murray, Utah page 222-223: "Mrs. Abell believes that David Hogan Jr was born in Tift County, Georgia. [September 30, 1920] and lived in the Brighton district with his parents and six siblings. He was the son of David Hogan Sr and his wife, Mittie [Payne] Hogan, and had siblings, Rebecca, Frances, Elijah, Eugene, Virginia and Betty. He attended Tift County, Georgia schools and enlisted in the Army Air Force on 1 October 1942 from Illinois. Lt Dave Hogan's family was notified that he was killed in an airplane accident on December 4, 1951 while stationed on Okinawa. He was also a veteran of World War Two having served for five years as a bombardier with the Eighth Air Force in England where he flew over 35 missions. He was awarded the Air Medal and Oak Leaf Cluster twice.  He graduated from the University of Georgia Law School in 1949 and practiced law in Macon before going back into military service in 1950. When he died, he was survived by his widow, the former Miss Mary Edwina Nims of Macon, Georgia, his parents of Chula, Georgia and three brothers and five sisters. The small town of Chula, in Tift County, renamed a road the "Dave Hogan Road in his honor."
     
  • Hoit, Capt. Zane Moses - Aircraft ("United Notions" #44-62084) was hit by AAA on September 09, 1950 and exploded in mid-air near Wolbong-ni.  Hoit's remains were recovered in Operation Glory. He was the husband of Nell M. Hoit.
     
  • Holland, TSgt. Carl Charles Jr. - On September 19, 1951, while on a leaflet dropping mission, his aircraft ("Miss Manuki/Squeeze Play" #44-86415) developed engine problems and it was ditched in the Sea of Japan.  Its entire crew was lost.
     
  • Holmes, 1Lt. Harold Ray - First Lieutenant Holmes was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Hot to Go" #44-62183) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing. On June 10, 1952, while on a night mission, the aircraft was hit by rocket fire from a MiG near Kwaksan, North Korea and exploded. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954.  Harold was born May 18, 1924, son of Claude Alonzo and Etta Mae Mower Holmes.  His home of record was Duchesne, Utah.
     
  • Homer, MSgt. William Robert - crew member of ("Southern Comfort" #44-61810), shot down by two Russian MiGs over Sea of Japan on June 13, 1952.  All 12 crew members were lost.
     
  • Hooper, 1Lt. Ralph - First Lieutenant Hooper was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-27314) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On December 4, 1951, while departing on a combat mission, one engine quit after take-off and the aircraft crashed five miles east of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, killing nine crew members.  Ralph was the son of Ralph and Genevieve T. Hooper of Baltimore, Maryland.  He had a sister, Elizabeth T. Hooper.  Ralph was a 1943 graduate of St. Paul's School in Baltimore.  He is buried in Druid Ridge Cemetery, Pikesville, Maryland.
     
  • Hopkins, Capt. Guilford A. - Attached to the 55th SRS (M) Weather at McClellan AFB, California, his B-29 weather plane (WB-29 #44-87756) crashed on April 05, 1952 as it approached for landing at McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento, California. The crash occurred three miles short of the runway after returning from a 19-hour flight. Born January 22, 1920, this World War II/Korean War veteran was born January 22, 1920, the son of Maurice L. and Ruth P. Hopkins.  He is buried in Central Cemetery, Beverly, Massachusetts.  Hopkins was a weather observer from North Sacramento, California.
     
  • Hopkins, A/2c Robert Quinton - Airman Second Class Hopkins was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Lubricating Lady #44-61751) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa. On October 31, 1952, when his aircraft was returning from a mission over Korea and was about 110 miles from Kadena, it developed engine trouble and crashed into the ocean. Eleven crew members were lost.  Born June 29, 1933, Airman Hopkins' home of record was Lynn, Alabama.
     
  • Horner, 2Lt. John Joseph "Jack" - First Lieutenant Horner was a crew member of a B-29 Superfortress Bomber (#42-94045) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. He was listed as Missing in Action while participating in aerial support over Korea on October 23, 1951. He was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. He was in the United States Navy in World War II, during which time he met another Navy veteran (Norinne) and married her.  She never remarried and died in 1995.  Jack was born March 29, 1924, only child of Eva Horner.  His home of record was Swedesboro, New Jersey.
     
  • Hoult, SSgt. Arthur W. - Staff Sergeant Hoult was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (United Notions #44-62084) with the 325th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group. On September 9, 1950, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and exploded mid-air near Wolbong-ni, North Korea. Five parachutes were seen. He was taken Prisoner of War and was presumed dead on March 31, 1954. His remains were not recovered. He was born in Pocatello, Idaho, the son of Arthur H. and Edna Jane Crssy Hoult.  He lived in Lamoille, Nevada, and graduated from Hawthorne High School, Los Angeles, California.
     
  • Houston, 1Lt. Raymond Burl - First Lieutenant Houston was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Bait Me" #44-69802) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing. On September 12, 1952, while on a combat mission, the aircraft's wings iced up and caused the aircraft to stall and crash 21 miles southwest of Kangnung, South Korea. His remains were recovered.  He was born September 23, 1916.  His home of record was Imperial, Nebraska.
     
  • Hovis, MSgt. Ward W.  - His aircraft was rammed by B-29 (#44-87774) on March 12, 1952.  Both planes crashed and all personnel were killed.  There were seven crew members who lost their lives that day while on a transition flight on B-29 #44-62223.  Hovis, age 35, was from Shertz, Texas.
     
  • Howard, 1Lt. Arnold Sherman - On September 19, 1951, while on a leaflet dropping mission, his aircraft ("Miss Manuki/Squeeze Play" #44-86415) developed engine problems and it was ditched in the Sea of Japan.  Its entire crew was lost.
     
  • Howard, Capt. Melvin John - B-29 (#44-86268) was on a combat mission over North Korea on April 07, 1951. F-84s escorting, when it was damaged by two MiGs.  Two engines went out, the pilot ordered bail out, and the aircraft crashed into the water four miles off NW North Korea. Seven fighter aircraft and three SAR aircraft participated in SAR effort.  Only crewman (2Lt. Charles Shallenberger) was rescued and one crew member became a POW (Pfc. James Lewis Jones).  The rest are still missing in action.  Howard is MIA.
     
  • Howey, Sgt. Roderick Allen -  Returning to Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, after a seven-hour training flight, this aircraft 9#45-21771) crashed ten miles southwest of Seguin, Texas on January 11, 1951. At 8,000 feet the pilot, Captain Norman A. Bivens, cut off the automatic pilot and began descending through an overcast, flying on instruments. Bivens reported losing all flight instruments and the aircraft became uncontrollable. Six of the crew members were killed, while five others parachuted to safety.  Sergeant Howey was born in Los Angeles County, California in 1926, son of Paul James and Magdalene P. Metsch Howey.  He wa central fire control in the B-29 that day.  He is buried in Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
     
  • Hudson, 2Lt. Lawrence H. - First Lieutenant Hudson was a crew member of a B-29A Bomber (#42-94045) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On October 23, 1951, the aircraft was shot down by enemy MiGs over Namsi Airfield. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954.  Born November 20, 1921, his home of record was Brooklyn, New York.
     
  • Hudson, 1Lt. Robert Edward - First Lieutenant Hudson was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Hot to Go" #44-62183) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On June 10, 1952, while on a night mission, the aircraft was hit by rocket fire from a MiG near Kwaksan, North Korea and exploded. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954.  At the time of his loss, he had a two year old son named Jim Hudson.  Born June 27, 1912, the son of Levi and Selina Ann Noseworthy Hudson, he was married on January 16, 1943 in Concord, New Hampshire.  Lieutenant Hudson's home of record was South Weymouth, Massachusetts.
     
  • Hughes, SSgt. Jesse M. - Staff Sergeant Hughes was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Hoxie's Hoax" #44-61923) with the 325th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group. On July 13, 1950, while making a bombing run at Oki-Gunto, bombs prematurely exploded and the aircraft crashed near Dogo, Island, Japan. His remains were recovered. He was born May 06, 1920 in Sherman, Texas.
     
  • Hunt, SSgt. Melvin J. - On June 1, 1951, while bombing a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, his aircraft (#44-86327) was attacked by MiGs, setting its wing on fire. Some crewmen parachuted into enemy lines.  Hunt's remains were recovered.
     
  • Hyatt, Capt. Don Henry - Captain Hyatt was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("United Notions" #44-62084) with the 325th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group. On September 9, 1950, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and exploded mid-air near Wolbong-ni. Five parachutes were seen. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on March 31, 1954.  He graduated Apex High School, Apex, North Carolina 1940.

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  • Ingrim, A/2c Lloyd Wendall - Airman Second Class Ingrim was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress ("Fujigmo" #44-62166) from the 371st Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group, 307th Bomber Wing. On July 22, 1952, while on a combat mission, his aircraft caught fire northeast of Ocho-o, South Korea and crashed. All thirteen airmen were killed.  Born December 26, 1932, he was the son of John Forrest and Mable May Thorpe Ingrim.  He is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa.
     
  • Ishida, A/2c Hidemaro Saito - Crew member of ("Shady Lady/Double or Nuthin'" #42-65357).  Shot down January 27, 1953.  POW/MIA.  Born August 19, 1932, he was from San Francisco, California. 

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  • Jackson, 1Lt. John Johnson - First Lieutenant Jackson was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#42-94072) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 8, 1950, while returning from a bombing mission over Korea, his aircraft crashed into the East China Sea five miles north of Okinawa, killing eight crew members. His remains were not recovered.  He was bron March 19, 1921.  His home of record was New Brunswick, New Jersey.
     
  • Jacobs, A2/c Michael Lester - Airman Second Class Jacobs was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress ("Fujigmo" #44-62166) from the 371st Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group, 307th Bomber Wing. On July 22, 1952, while on a combat mission, his aircraft caught fire northeast of Ocho-o, South Korea and crashed.  Born December 16, 1927, his home of record was Chicago, Illinois.
     
  • Jameson, Pfc. Donald Leon - His aircraft (#44-87774) rammed B-29 (#44-62223) on March 12, 1952 near San Antonio, Texas.  Both planes crashed and all personnel were killed in this mid-air collision. B-29 #44-87774 had a crew of eight.  Donald Jameson was born March 18, 1932 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, a son of Earle Carleton Jameson Sr. (1890-1969) and Dorothy B. Borden Jameson (1893-?).  Donald's brothers were Edward W. Jameson (1913-1993), Howard Keith Jameson (1914-2006), Dr. Earle Carleton Jameson (1917-2005), and Robert O. Jameson.
     
  • Jardine, 1Lt. Ray F. - First Lieutenant Jardine was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (RB-45 #21749) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On March 29, 1951, while on a combat mission, his aircraft lost two engines over the East China Sea, northwest of Okinawa. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 18, 1951. Lieutenant Jardine was born April 04, 1923.  His home of  record was Idaho Falls, Idaho.
     
  • Jenkins, A/1c Carl August - Staff Sergeant Jenkins was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Miss Jackie The Rebel" #44-61967) with the 30th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing. On June 10, 1952, after completing a bomb run, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire near a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, North Korea, and contact was lost. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. Jenkins was born April 16, 1929.  His home of record was Chicago, Illinois.
     
  • Jennings, Col. Payne - Colonel Jennings was a veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was the aircraft commander of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (RB-45 #21749) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On March 29, 1951, while on a combat mission attempting to drop a Tarzon bomb on Sinuiju, North Korea, his aircraft lost two engines over the East China Sea, northwest of Okinawa. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 18, 1951. Born October 26, 1916, his home of record was LaJolla, California.
     
  • Jensen, TSgt. Morton Henry - At 0131 hours on November 19, 1952, aircraft ("Wrights' Delights', They Chosen Flew" #44-86392) was on a bombing mission over Songhon. On return it was hit by fighters. The aircraft went down approximately eight miles north of Chodo Island after fire and order to bail out. From St. Paul, Minnesota, Morton Jensen was born April 30, 1930. He is missing in action.
     
  • Jensen, SSgt. Wayne Frederick - Staff Sergeant Jensen was the tail gunner of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-62073) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On November 8, 1952, while on a night bombing mission, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on November 9, 1953.  He was born December 30, 1931 in Plentywood, Montana, son of Niels Peter and Mary Viola Christensen Jensen.
     
  • Johnson, Pfc. Gerald Emmett - Airman Second Class Johnson was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#42-94045) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On October 23, 1951, the aircraft was shot down by enemy MiGs over Namsi Airfield. He was taken Prisoner of War and declared dead on January 28, 1954. His remains were not recovered. His friends knew him as "Jerry." Born on March 18, 1933 in Youngstown, Ohio, a son of Charles Lewis and Virginia Dare Kerr Johnson, he lived in Arcadia, Pennsylvania at the time of his death.
     
  • Johnson, Sgt. James A. - Sergeant Johnson was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Our Gal" #44-61932) with the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On October 24, 1951, while in formation for a bombing run, the aircraft was attacked by 40 to 70 MiGs and damaged. The crew bailed out over Wonsan Harbor near Tri-yom-do. Born March 14, 1932, James Johnson is buried in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  His widowed mother was Elizabeth M. Johnson.
     
  • Johnson, TSgt. Johnny Menlo - Master Sergeant Johnson was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#42-94045) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On October 23, 1951, the aircraft was shot down by enemy MiGs over Namsi Airfield, North Korea. He was taken Prisoner of War, He was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. Government documents prove that he was a prisoner of the Soviets.  His remains were not recovered. Born in Norse, Texas, on December 18, 1918, he lived in San Angelo, Texas. He graduated from High School in Milburn, Texas.

    X-BRADY MAN MISSING WITH HEAVY BOMBER - "Tech-Sgt Johnny M. Johnson 33, son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Johnson, 831 E. 20th is missing in action with his heavy bomber crew after his fifth mission over Korea, the Defense Department has notified his parents. Johnson is a combat veteran of World War II, heavily decorated, and has been in the Air Force 11 years. He has been in Korea since mid-September, and was reported missing on October 23. His parents moved here from Brady two years ago, and he formerly worked in Brady as a truck driver. He was discharged after World War II in 1945, but re-entered the Air Force in 1947. His decorations include the Air Medal with 4 clusters, ETO ribbon with 7 battle stars, and Distinguished Unit Badge with 3 clusters. Two of Sgt. Johnson's brothers are also in service now, they are S/SGT. William L. Johnson and CPL. Olson Curtis Johnson."
     
  • Johnson, 1Lt. Lester H. - His aircraft (#44-87774) rammed B-29 (#44-62223) on March 12, 1952 near San Antonio, Texas.  Both planes crashed and all personnel were killed in this mid-air collision. B-29 #44-87774 had a crew of eight.  Born on September 15, 1922, Johnson was a pilot with the 8th Air Force in World War II.  A marker in Glen Cemetery, Paxton, Illinois, indicates that at one time he lived in South Dakota.
     
  • Johnson, 2Lt. Richard - was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Tail Wind/Burke's Jerks/Sweet Judy II" #45-21721) with the 345th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On February 7, 1952, while departing on a combat mission, his aircraft crashed during snow three miles northwest of Yokota Air Base, Japan, and he was killed.
     
  • Johnston, 1Lt. Frank Stanley Jr. -  Aircraft (#45-21814) was shot down by MiGs about seven miles southwest of Kusong, North Korea while on a bombing mission near the Yalu River on November 10, 1950.  Lieutenant Johnston died while POW and his remains were recovered.
     
  • Johnston, S/Sgt. Robert Allen Jr. - This aircraft (#33-62078), based out of March AFB, crashed at Prairie Bay, Azores, on December 07, 1951.  The plane was on its way home for Christmas when it got caught in tail winds and crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff.  The men had been in England for three months on a routine training mission. Sergeant Johnston was born June 08, 1928 in Lowell, Massachusetts, oldest son of Robert A. Johnston Sr. and Ruth E. Keniston Johnston.  His siblings were: Barbara, Norine, Linda, Edward, William, Douglas, Nancy, and Richard.
     
  • Jones, SSgt. Frederick Joe - His aircraft (#44-27261) crashed on takeoff from Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya on February 2, 1953. The cause of the crash was because an engine that had recently been replaced had a missing piston and the engine didn't have enough power.  All 15 onboard were killed.  Sergeant Jones was born April 10, 1925.
     
  • Jones, A/2c George Dewey Jr. - Airman Second Class Jones was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Bait Me" #44-69802) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On September 12, 1952, while on a combat mission, the aircraft's wings iced up and caused the aircraft to stall and crash 21 miles southwest of Kangnung, South Korea. His remains were recovered. He is buried along with Lieutenant Merle T Ayers and Captain John L. Roberts.  He was born February 07, 1932, son of George Dewey Jones Sr. and Signe I. Jones.  His home of record was Cornucopia, Wisconsin.  He is buried in George D. Jones Memorial Cemetery, Cornucopia.
     
  • Jones, Pfc. James Lewis - Airman First Class Jones was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress (#44-86268) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On April 7, 1951, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was attacked by two MiGs. It crashed about four miles off the North Korean coastline. He was taken Prisoner of War. He was presumed dead on January 31, 1954. His remains were not recovered. Born on July 07, 1929 in Takamah, Nebraska, he lived in Blair, Nebraska.  He was one of ten children born to Orville and Cora Rounds Jones.  His brother Teddy David died while serving in the Army in World War II.
     
  • Jones, A/2c George Dewey Jr. - Airman Second Class Jones was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Bait Me" #44-69802) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On September 12, 1952, while on a combat mission, the aircraft's wings iced up and caused the aircraft to stall and crash 21 miles southwest of Kangnung, South Korea. His remains were recovered. He is buried along with Lieutenant Merle T Ayers and Captain John L. Roberts in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery. Born February 17, 1932, he was the son of George Dewey and Signe I. Jones.  He was also survived by a brother Paul Leroy, who died in 2005.  Jones' home of record was Cornucopia, Wisconsin.
     
  • Jones, Capt. George Madison - On September 19, 1951, while on a leaflet dropping mission, his aircraft ("Miss Manuki/Squeeze Play" #44-86415) developed engine problems and it was ditched in the Sea of Japan.  Its entire crew was lost.  Captain Jones was born December 09, 1920.
     
  • Jones, MSgt. Robert W. - KIA on April 12, 1951 when his plane, ("Hot Box" #44-69682) was attacked by MiGs and crashed into a mountain near Sinuiju.  Remains recovered 1994.
     
  • Jones, A/3c Sammy O. Search and rescue plane (SB-29 (#44-69982) of the 52d Air Rescue Squadron, 6th Air Rescue Group, based at Harmon Air Force Base, Newfoundland, was sent out to assist in search efforts on March 18, 1953 to find a missing B-36 bomber (Convair B-36H 51-13721). The B-29 disappeared shortly before landing, crashing into St. Georges Bay, a few miles from the runway, killing all ten crew members. Airman Jones was from Akron, Ohio.
     
  • Judd, Pfc. Merritt Donald - Pfc Judd was serving in the US Air Force with the 99th Bombardment Squadron. A B-29 (#44-87651) that was stationed at Fairfield-Suisun AFB crashed and burned shortly after takeoff on 5 August 1950. In addition to the plane burning, part of the ordinance the plane was carrying exploded. Pfc Judd was one of twelve men who perished in the plane. Pfc. Judd was born November 08, 1930 in North Brunswick, New Jersey, son of Arthur Merritt and Irma May Dayton Judd.  He is buried in Van Liew Cemetery, New Brunswick, New Jersey.  He entered the US Air Force on February 21, 1949.

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  • Kahanek, A/2c Jimmie Leon - Airman Second Class Kahanek was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Bait Me" #44-69802) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On September 12, 1952, while on a combat mission, the aircraft's wings iced up and caused the aircraft to stall and crash 21 miles southwest of Kangnung, South Korea. His remains were recovered. He was born April 03, 1932.  His home of record was Hallettsville, Texas.  He is buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hallettsville.
     
  • Kates, SSgt. Clarence Sears - Staff Sergeant Kates was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#42-94072) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 8, 1950, while returning from a bombing mission over Korea, his aircraft crashed into the East China Sea five miles north of Okinawa, killing eight crew members. His remains were not recovered.  Kates was born January 24, 1920. His home of record was Glen Mills, Pennsylvania.  He was survived by a son, Larry Kates.
     
  • Kaufman, SSgt. Robert Lee - Staff Sergeant Kaufman was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-27314) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On December 4, 1951, while departing on a combat mission, one engine quit after take-off and the aircraft crashed five miles east of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, killing nine crew members. Born March 27, 1929, he was a son of Albert A. and Anna J. Graber Kaufman of Kansas.  He was survived by his parents and siblings: Raymond, Vic, Rozella, Ruby, Margaret, Donna Mae, Selma Ruth, and Clifford Dean Kaufman.  Robert is buried in the 1st Mennonite Church Cemetery, Pretty Prairie, Kansas.
     

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    Keene, Maj. Kassel Monford - MIA following the bailout of ("Wright's Delights, They Chosen Flew" (#44-86392) on November 19, 1952. He was born November 30, 1918 and was from Seal Beach, California.
     
  • Kehr, Sgt. Dean Deloss Jr. -  On June 1, 1951, while bombing a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, his aircraft (#44-86327) was attacked by MiGs, setting its wing on fire. Some crewmen parachuted into enemy lines.  Staff Sergeant Dean K. Kehr was a gunner on a B-29 airplane with the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomb Group when he was Killed In Action on June 1, 1951. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on May 11, 1949. Serial Number: 16316458.  He grew up in the Norwegian-Lutheran Children's Home in Norwood Park, Illinois.
     
  • Keith, Capt. James Gordon - His B-29 ("Little Red Ass" RB50G-#47145) 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 the region of Cape Gamor on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. All crew but one (1Lt. John Roche) were lost.  Keith was the navigator and during this combat he was situated in the nose of the aircraft.  He was thrown from his position and mortally wounded.
     
  • Kelleher, A/1c Robert P. "Pat" - Airman First Class Kelleher was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-62073) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On November 8, 1952, while on a night bombing mission, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on November 9, 1953. He was born July 12, 1930.  His home of record was Hartford, Connecticut.
     
  • Kelly, 1Lt. Henry Bradford - First Lieutenant Kelly was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Wolf Pack" #44-86343) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 13, 1952, while making a bomb run on the Suiho Hydroelectric Plant, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. Lieutenant Kelly was born August 07, 1925.  His home of record was New Orleans, Louisiana.
     
  • Kelly, A/1c James William - Airman First Class Kelly was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Wolf Pack" #44-86343) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 13, 1952, while making a bomb run on the Suiho Hydroelectric Plant, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954.  Airman Kelly was born January 02, 1929.  His home of record was Midwest City, Oklahoma.
     
  • Kellstrom, A/2c Paul Kenneth - Airman First Class Kellstrom was a gunner on B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Hot to Go" #44-62183) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On June 10, 1952, while on a night mission, the aircraft was hit by rocket fire from a MiG near Kwaksan, North Korea and exploded. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. Born on January 05, 1932, he was the son of Erik Nataniel Källström (1901–1979) and Thinis (Frideborg) Kellstrom (1903–1991).  Airman Kellstrom's home of record was Ashtabula, Ohio.
     
  • Kendrick, Al2c Fred Grady - shot down by two Soviet LA-11 fighters near Yuri Island while on a photo mission over Northern Hokkaido on October 07, 1952.  All eight crew members of the ("Sunbonnet King" #44-61815) were lost.
     
  • Kennedy, MSgt. Jack E. - Master Sergeant Kennedy was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#42-94072) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 8, 1950, while returning from a bombing mission over Korea, his aircraft crashed into the East China Sea five miles north of Okinawa, killing eight crew members. His remains were not recovered.  Kennedy was born September 28, 1920.  His home of record was Crawfordsville, Arkansas.
     
  • Kerner, Pvt. Sanford L. "Sandy" - His aircraft (#44-87774) rammed B-29 (#44-62223) on March 12, 1952 near San Antonio, Texas.  Both planes crashed and all personnel were killed in this mid-air collision. B-29 #44-87774 had a crew of eight.  There is a marker for him in the Mount Hebron Cemetery, Flushing, New York.
     
  • Kerr, A/3c Michael Jr. - Search and rescue plane (SB-29 (#44-69982) of the 52d Air Rescue Squadron, 6th Air Rescue Group, based at Harmon Air Force Base, Newfoundland, was sent out to assist in search efforts on March 18, 1953 to find a missing B-36 bomber (Convair B-36H 51-13721). The B-29 disappeared shortly before landing, crashing into St. Georges Bay, a few miles from the runway, killing all ten crew members. Airman Kerr was from Chisholm, Minnesota.
     
  • Kimbrough, SSgt. David E. - Search and rescue plane (SB-29 #44-69982) of the 52d Air Rescue Squadron, 6th Air Rescue Group, based at Harmon Air Force Base, Newfoundland, was sent out to assist in search efforts on March 18, 1953 to find a missing B-36 bomber (Convair B-36H 51-13721). The B-29 disappeared shortly before landing, crashing into St. Georges Bay, a few miles from the runway, killing all ten crew members. Sergeant Kimbrough was from Roswell, New Mexico.
     
  • King, SSgt. Elbert E. - Attached to the 55th SRS (M) Weather at McClellan AFB, California, his B-29 weather plane (WB-29 #44-87756) crashed on April 05, 1952 as it approached for landing at McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento, California. The crash occurred three miles short of the runway after returning from a 19-hour flight. Born January 22, 1929, King was a drop sound operator originally from Florida.  He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Jacksonville, Florida.
     
  • King, MSgt. William Don - His aircraft ("Bust 'N The Blue" #44-62167) crashed on August 30, 1952, four miles north of Taegu.  He and all 11 other crew members died.  His body was recovered. King was born January 18, 1923 in Imperial, Texas.  He is buried in Monahans Memorial Cemetery, Monahans, Texas.
     
  • Kingsbury, Cpl. Deloraine Mickey - Corporal Kingsbury was a crew member of a B- 29A Superfortress Bomber (RB-45 #21749) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On March 29, 1951, while on a combat mission, his aircraft lost two engines over the East China Sea, northwest of Okinawa. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 18, 1951. His remains were not recovered.  Corporal Kingsbury was born July 30, 1928.  His home of record was Tacoma, Washington.
     
  • Kirby, SSgt. Fred Stephenson Jr. - Staff Sergeant Kirby was a crew member of a B- 29A Superfortress Bomber ("Lucky Dog" #44-86370) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On April 12, 1951, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy MiGs and it was ditched. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 31, 1954. Born July 12, 1925, his home of record was Richmond, Virginia.
     
  • Kirk, 1Lt. Charles F. - First Lieutenant Kirk was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-62073) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On November 8, 1952, while on a night bombing mission, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on November 9, 1953.  He was born May 19, 1918, in Sioux County, Iowa, son of Frank R. and Virginia Remington Graham Kirk.
     
  • Kirk, 1Lt. James Wheeler - This aircraft (#44-62078), based out of March AFB, crashed at Prairie Bay, Azores, on December 07, 1951. The plane was on its way home for Christmas when it got caught in tail winds and crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff. The men had been in England for three months on a routine training mission. Lieutenant Kirk was born July 15, 1924.  He was from Arlington, California and Bertram, Texas.
     
  • Kizer, Capt. Robert L. - Attached to the 55th SRS (M) Weather at McClellan AFB, California, his B-29 weather plane (WB-29 #44-87756) crashed on April 05, 1952 as it approached for landing at McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento, California. The crash occurred three miles short of the runway after returning from a 19-hour flight. Kizer was the co-pilot.  He was from Sacramento, California.
     
  • Kloster, AMN Talmadge Lavern - His aircraft (#44-27261) crashed on takeoff from Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya on February 2, 1953. The cause of the crash was because an engine that had recently been replaced had a missing piston and the engine didn't have enough power.  All 15 onboard were killed.  Airman Kloster was born May 2, 1929.
     
  • Knapp, SSgt. Lloyd Francis - On 5 August 1950, B-29 (#44-87651) crashed, burned, and exploded five minutes after takeoff from Fairfield-Suisun AFB, CA, causing fatal injuries to 12 crewmen and passengers. Eight crewmen and passengers received minor injures. Extensive damage to private and government property and injuries to both civilian and military personnel were caused by a subsequent explosion of the bomb on the aircraft. At the time of the crash, the aircraft was carrying a significant bomb load.  Sergeant Knapp was born April 17, 1922, son of Lloyd and Drusilla Knapp.  He is buried in St. Josephs Cemetery, Lyndhurst, New Jersey.  He was an aerial gunner.
     
  • Knickmeyer, 1Lt. Clifton R. - pilot, lost at sea when his aircraft, ("Typhoon Goon II" #44-69770) disappeared on the morning of October 26, 1952 on a 14-hour over-water flight to obtain information about Typhoon Wilma.
     
  • Knott, Cpl. Robert M. - Corporal Knott was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber Z("Vicious Roomer" #44-62042) with the 345th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing stationed at Yokota Air Base, Japan. On March 28, 1952, while on a combat mission, two if the aircraft's engines caught fire. The order to bail out was given but later rescinded and the plane landed safely. His remains were recovered.
     
  • Koehler, 1Lt. Victor August - His aircraft ("Bust 'N The Blue" #44-62167) crashed on August 30, 1952, four miles north of Taegu.  He and all 11 other crew members died.  His body was recovered. Lieutenant Koehler was born April 10, 1923.  His home of record was Lewisville, MN.  He is buried in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery, Mankato, Minnesota.  He was survived by a son Steven Koehler.
     
  • Korstjens, Capt. Joseph Lawrence - Captain Korstjens was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-86327) with the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On June 1, 1951, while bombing a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, his aircraft was attacked by MiGs setting its wing on fire. Some crewmen were able to parachute into enemy lines. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 31, 1954. He was from Groom, Texas.
     
  • Krueger, 1Lt. Walter - His aircraft (WB29 #44-61640) plunged into the sea on February 26, 1952 while on a typhoon tracking mission.  Its number one engine burst into flames.  The B-29 was based at the 54th SRS (M) Weather at Andersen AFB, Guam.  Lieutenant Krueger was one of six missing crew members.
     
  • Krumm, Capt. Robert Mitchell - Captain Krumm was a crew member of a B-29A Bomber (#42-94045) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On October 23, 1951, the aircraft was shot down by enemy MiGs over Namsi Airfield on the infamous Black Tuesday. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. Born on March 30, 1918 in Atkins, Iowa, he was the son of Jacob N. and Grace E. Krumm.  He lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
     
  • Kusel, SSgt. Harold L. - B-29 aircraft (#44-62279) developed an engine fire in the climb after takeoff.  Steps taken to maintain flight caused the bombs on board to detonate and sever the control wires, and the plane crashed into the China Sea off the coast of Okinawa on October 19, 1950.  Born February 20, 1924 in Erie, Neosho, Kansas, Harold was the son of Ernest Bernard and Anna L Kusel, and the husband of Mrs. Ruth E. Kusel of Arlington.

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  • Laden, Capt. Robert E. - died when B-29 ("Over Exposed" #44-61813) was damaged by MiG-15 and crash landed short of Johnson Air Base, Japan, on November 09, 1950.  Laden was the pilot, TDY from the 28th RS.  He was from San Jose, California.
     
  • Laird, 1Lt. Archibald - Aircraft (#44-62078), based out of March AFB, crashed at Prairie Bay, Azores, on December 07, 1951. The plane was on its way home for Christmas when it got caught in tail winds and crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff. The men had been in England for three months on a routine training mission.  Lieutenant Archibald was born July 30, 1921 in Scotland, son of Robert and Annie McKenzie Laird.  He was the husband of Marilyn Marie Miller Laird (1921-2010).  They were married in October of 1943.
     
  • Lam, 2Lt. August I. - Attached to the 55th SRS (M) Weather at McClellan AFB, California, his B-29 weather plane (WB-29 #44-87756) crashed on April 05, 1952 as it approached for landing at McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento, California. The crash occurred three miles short of the runway after returning from a 19-hour flight. He was a navigator from San Francisco, California.  Born August 26, 1925, he was a World War II veteran.  He is buried in Golden Gate Cemetery.
     
  • Larsen, 1Lt. Sophus Edwin "Eddie" - B-29 (#44-87754)  had taken off from Guam on its way to its base near Mountain Home, Idaho when one of the engines failed about 15 minutes after takeoff and the crew turned around to go back to Guam, which is 3,700 miles west of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean. During emergency landing at Andersen AFB, Guam, on December 17, 1953, the plane failed to reach the runway and crashed into an officers housing area at the base, demolishing ten homes and damaging three more.  Nine of the 16 crew members were killed, as were seven on the ground. Lieutenant Larsen, who was the co-pilot, was a fatality.  Born September 21, 1933 in Nebraska, he is buried in Lincoln Memorial Park, Lincoln, Nebraska.
     
  • Lavoie, 1Lt. George Albert - On September 19, 1951, while on a leaflet dropping mission, his aircraft ("Miss Manuki/Squeeze Play" #44-86415) developed engine problems and it was ditched in the Sea of Japan.  Its entire crew was lost.
     
  • Law, SSgt. Asa Lawrence - His aircraft ("Double Whammy" #44-87734) crashed into the Sea of Japan between Okinawa and southern Korea north of Chinnampo on January 23, 1952 after a runaway propeller sheared and cut the fuselage.  MIA.  He was born May 15, 1924 and was from Rosebud, Texas.
     
  • Layton, 1Lt. Robert Hollace - Aircraft (#44-69866) was damaged by three KPAFAC Yak-9 fighters near Seoul, Korea and the crew bailed out over the Yellow Sea on July 12, 1950.  Two crew members were taken POW.  It was the first B-29 loss to enemy fighters in the Korean War. Layton was taken POW and forced to march in the infamous "Tiger Death March".  He died on May 31, 1951 at An-Dong.  His remains were recovered.  He was from Tulsa, Oklahoma.
     
  • Leach, MSgt. Frank P. - (WB29 #44-61640) plunged into the sea on February 26, 1952 while on a typhoon tracking mission.  Its number one engine burst into flames.  The B-29 was based at the 54th SRS (M) Weather at Andersen AFB, Guam.  Sergeant Leach was one of six missing crewmen.|
     
  • Leard, Sgt. Frederick A. - B-29 (#44-87754)  had taken off from Guam on its way to its base near Mountain Home, Idaho when one of the engines failed about 15 minutes after takeoff and the crew turned around to go back to Guam, which is 3,700 miles west of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean. During emergency landing at Andersen AFB, Guam, on December 17, 1953, the plane failed to reach the runway and crashed into an officers housing area at the base, demolishing ten homes and damaging three more.  Nine of the 16 crew members were killed, as were seven on the ground. Born May 29, 1923, Sergeant Leard was from Oklahoma.  During World War II he was a gunner on a B=24 during the Ploesti oil field raid.  He is buried in Woodberry Forest Cemetery, Madill, Oklahoma.
     
  • Lebaron, Sgt. James Robert - Sergeant Lebaron was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (Wolf Pack #44-86343) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 13, 1952, while making a bomb run on the Suiho Hydroelectric Plant, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. Sergeant Lebaron was born October 26, 1932.  His home of record was Healdsburg, California.
     
  • Lemaster, MSgt. Lester E. - B-29 aircraft (#44-62279) developed an engine fire in the climb after takeoff.  Steps taken to maintain flight caused the bombs on board to detonate and sever the control wires, and the plane crashed into the China Sea off the coast of Okinawa on October 19, 1950. Lemaster was a fatality. Lester was born in Hebron, Nebraska, on January 28, 1919.  He was the husband of Emma Jean Lemaster of March Air Force Base.
     
  • Lemons, 1Lt. Earl H. - Four minutes after take-off, his aircraft ("Heart's Desire" #44-86400) struck a small hill near the village of Daimon, six miles northwest of Yokota AB, Japan and burned on March 31, 1952. He was a fatality.
     
  • Lennox, Cpl. Kenneth - He was a crew member on B-29 (#44-61908) flying out of Okinawa when it went down in the Sea of Japan on February 1, 1952, killing all of its 12-man crew.  The wing of the bomber was struck by another B-29 (#42-65392) in the formation in which it was flying (a training flight), causing the planes to crash ten miles northwest of Kadena AFB, Okinawa.  There were no survivors on #44-61908, but #42-86392 landed safely with no fatalities.
     
  • Leone, A/2c Anthony J. Jr. - A2C Anthony Leone Jr., serial number AF15425142, radio operator, received 3rd degree burns over his entire body. He was the only fatality in the crash of ("Chief Spokane: The Red Eraser" #44-61925) in January 1952 at Kadena AFB.  Leone was born November 30, 1930 and was from Steubenville, Ohio. He is buried in Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA, plot 305. Corporal Leone was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.
     
  • Levy, 1Lt. Ben P. - He was a member of the crew of ("Dragon Lady" #44-61835) when its #3 engine caught fire and a wing blew away on October 31, 1951.  Ten of the 12 crew members perished when the aircraft crashed 40 miles north of Kadena.
     
  • Lewis, Robert Clarence - pilot of ("Myakinas" #44-62108) on a night intruder mission against Sinanju and Kunu-ri when two of the engines stopped.  The plane crash landed at Taegu on April 10, 1951.  KIA - remains recovered.  Robert was born December 15, 1917 in Fredericksburg City, Virginia, the son of Clarence and Catherine A. Gibbs Lewis.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
     
  • Lewis, 1Lt. Wilbur Eugene - First Lieutenant Lewis was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Miss Jackie The Rebel" #44-61967) with the 30th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing. On June 10, 1952, after completing a bomb run, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire near a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, North Korea, and contact was lost. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. He was born on April 19, 1922 and his home of record was Rossville, Illinois. He also lived in Kankakee, Illinois. He attended high school in Rossville, Illinois.  His wife was Maryellen Leaver Lewis (1922-2005).
     
  • Logan, Maj. Samuel Porter Jr. - Major Logan was the pilot of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("United Notions" #44-62084) with the 325th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group. On September 9, 1950, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and exploded mid-air near Wolbong-ni. Five parachutes were seen. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on March 31, 1954.  He was from Nashville, Tennessee.
     
  • Lovell, Col. John Raymond - bailed out of his plane (#45-48015) when it was downed by a Russian MiG just across the river from Sinuiju, North Korea on December 04, 1950.  Colonel Lovell was a Pentagon intelligence officer.  He was beaten to death while a POW on December 10, 1950.  His remains were not recovered.  Born November 12, 1904 in Ottumwa, Iowa, he was the husband of Norma M. Lovell (1903 - 2000).  His son, John Raymond Lovell II, died in 1975.
     
  • Lovvorn, AMN Frank J.  - His aircraft (#44-27261) crashed on takeoff from Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya on February 2, 1953. The cause of the crash was because an engine that had recently been replaced had a missing piston and the engine didn't have enough power.  All 15 onboard were killed.
     
  • Lowe, Capt. James Alfred Jr. - Captain Lowe was the pilot of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Wolf Pack" #44-86343) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 13, 1952, while making a bomb run on the Suiho Hydroelectric Plant, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. Captain Lowe was a World War II veteran who also participated in the Berlin Airlift.  He was born January 07, 2932.  His home of record was Roanoke, Virginia.

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  • Maconi, SSgt. Joseph - On 5 August 1950, B-29 (#44-87651) crashed, burned, and exploded five minutes after takeoff from Fairfield-Suisun AFB, California, causing fatal injuries to 12 crewmen and passengers. Eight crewmen and passengers received minor injures. Extensive damage to private and government property and injuries to both civilian and military personnel were caused by a subsequent explosion of the bomb on the aircraft. At the time of the crash, the aircraft was carrying a significant bomb load.  Born December 2, 1925 in New Jersey, he was the son of Frank and Mary Maconi.  He is buried in St. Peters Cemetery, New Brunswick, New Jersey.  He was an aerial gunner. 
     
  • Malone, S/Sgt. Donald Francis - This aircraft (#44-83985) crashed "with terrific force" in a marshy swamp about seven and a half miles south-southwest of Hunter AFB, Savannah, Georgia, home base of the B-29, on July 10, 1953.  The B-29 was on a training mission, and an explosion was believed to be the probable cause.  The B-29 slammed into the  muck alongside Rock Fish Creek, and the wreckage was spotted about 9:25 a.m. the next day by a Navy helicopter which joined in the search being conducted by search parties pushing through swampland on flatboats.  It was found near the mouth of the Ageechee River.  All ten crew members were killed.  Sergeant Malone was born August 009, 1932 in Bennington, Vermont, son of John and Marie Bertha Cross Malone.
     
  • Mandell, 1Lt. David - First Lieutenant Mandell was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Hot to Go" #44-62183) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On June 10, 1952, while on a night mission, the aircraft was hit by rocket fire from a MiG near Kwaksan, North Korea and exploded. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954.  Born October 21, 1924, his home of record was Los Angeles, California.
     
  • Mantor, Sgt. Philip W. - A crew member of ("Lil' Darlin'" #44-86273), his B-29 crashed into the Yokota Bowling Alley and clothing sales while returning from a bomb mission on October 14, 1951.  He was the son of Ralph Edward and Mabel Irene Marshall Mantor.
     
  • Maples, A/1c Percy Jerome - Sergeant Maples was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Star Duster/Rough Roman" #44-69818) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On July 7, 1953, as the aircraft was returning from a bombing mission, it crashed during the landing approach to Pohang Air Base (K-3). All thirteen airmen were killed.  Maples was born February 10, 1931 in Washington, D.C.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
     
  • Marchand, SSgt. Wayne L. - Four minutes after take-off, his aircraft ("Heart's Desire" #44-86400) struck a small hill near the village of Daimon, six miles northwest of Yokota AB, Japan and burned on March 31, 1952. He was a fatality.
     
  • Marshall, A/3c Isreal Jr. -  Private First Class Marshall was a crew member of a B-29A Bomber (#42-94045) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On October 23, 1951, the aircraft was shot down by enemy MiGs over Namsi Airfield, North Korea. He was listed as Killed in Action. Born on August 19, 1932, his home of record was Jacksonville, Florida.
     
  • Marshall, Capt. James Doyle - Captain Marshall was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Miss Manukie/Squeeze Play" #44-86415) - On September 19, 1951, while on a leaflet dropping mission, this aircraft developed engine problems and it was ditched in the Sea of Japan. Its crew members are all MIAwith the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On September 19, 1951, while on a leaflet dropping mission, his aircraft developed engine problems and it was ditched in the Sea of Japan. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on July 29, 1952. He was born in Arkansas but lived in Southern California.  His baby daughter Pamela was born three months after his plane went down.
     
  • Martin, Maj. John G. - Major Martin was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-62279) with the 22nd Bomber Wing. On October 19, 1950, as the aircraft departed on a combat mission, its engine burst into flames on take-off and crashed into the sea killing eight crew members.  Major Martin was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on January 25, 1921.
     
  • Martin, Cpl. Patrick H. - His aircraft was rammed by B-29 (#44-87774) on March 12, 1952.  Both planes crashed and all personnel were killed.  There were seven crew members who lost their lives that day while on a transition flight on B-29 #44-62223.  Born April 19, 1930, there is a memorial marker for him in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Fort Worth, Texas.
     
  • Maslin, A/2c John William - His aircraft ("Bust 'N The Blue" #44-62167) crashed on August 30, 1952, four miles north of Taegu.  He and all 11 other crew members died.  His body was recovered. John was the only son of six children born to Archie Amos and Kathryn R. Crowley Maslin.  He was born January 11, 1931 in New York and is buried in St. James Cemetery, Waverly, New York.
     
  • Mason, 1Lt. Kenneth Clifton Sr. - A crew member of ("Lil' Darlin'" #44-86273), his B-29 crashed into the Yokota Bowling Alley and clothing sales while returning from a bomb mission on October 14, 1951.  He was the husband of Nita Lanell Batey Masonand the father of Kenneth Clifton Mason, Jr. of Texas.
     
  • Mast, SSgt. Clifford Henry - His aircraft ("So Tired/Seven-to-Seven" RB-29A #44-61727) was shot down by MiG while on a photo reconnaissance mission over Sinanju, North Korea on July 04, 1952. 11 crew survived/2 missing in action (presumed dead). Eight of the 13-man crew became POWs that were eventually released.  Clifford Henry Mast was born April 25, 1927, and enlisted in the Navy after graduating from North Central High School. Following World War II, he studied at Whitworth College (now Whitworth University). But Mast had difficulty adjusting to civilian life and on October 8, 1951, he enlisted in the Air Force at Fairchild, where he served with the 92nd Bomb Wing. In May 1952, the Air Force granted his request to join the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, known as “the Demon Chasers,” and he shipped out for Japan, where his unit was attached to the 15th Air Force, Far East Air Forces in support of the Korean War.  One night, he volunteered to fly in the nose gunner position of an RB-29, a Superfortress bomber modified for photo reconnaissance. The plane departed from Yokota Air Base on a mission designated “So Tired.” It was not his regular crew.  After his plane was shot down he was taken POW and was interrogated by the Soviets.  His fate is unknown, but it is believed he was possibly transferred to a prison in China.  Clifford was the son of Washington and Ida Mast of Spokane, Washington.
     
  • Martin, Maj. John Gilbert - B-29 aircraft (#44-62279) developed an engine fire in the climb after takeoff.  Steps taken to maintain flight caused the bombs on board to detonate and sever the control wires, and the plane crashed into the China Sea off the coast of Okinawa on October 19, 1950. Martin was a fatality.  Born on January 25, 1921, he was the husband of Mrs. Mercedes R. Martin of Riverside, California.
     
  • McAdoo, A/1c Ernest Robert -  Staff Sergeant McAdoo was a crew member of a B-29A Bomber (#42-94045) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On October 23, 1951, the aircraft was shot down by enemy MiGs over Namsi Airfield on Black Tuesday. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. Born in Josephine, Pennsylvania, on July 27, 1932, a son of William Emerson and Anna Marie McAdoo, he lived in Black Lick, Pennsylvania. He attended Black Lick grammar school and high school in Blairsville, Pennsylvania.
     
  • McAnelly, Capt. Robert Winfred - His aircraft ("Bust 'N The Blue" #44-62167) crashed on August 30, 1952, four miles north of Taegu.  He and all 11 other crew members died.  His body was recovered. McAnelly was born January 23, 1916 and was from Rogers, Arkansas.
     
  • McClanahan, Capt. Herbert C. - USAF Strategic Air Command experimental project MX-1018, Project Tip-Tow, an attempt to extend fighter escort for bombers on long-range missions by coupling a pair of Republic F-84s onto bomber wingtips, suffered a setback when EF-84D, 48-641, lost control, rolled upside down, and hit the wing of Boeing ETB-29A-60-BN Superfortress (#44-62093), sending both aircraft down to crash in Peconic Bay, New York, on April 24, 1953. The program was immediately cancelled. The B-29 had five crew members and fatalities.  Captain McClanahan was born May 05, 1923, son of Herbert C. McClanahan Sr.  He is buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.
     
  • McCook, TSgt. Wade - He was a crew member on B-29 (#44-61908) flying out of Okinawa when it went down in the Sea of Japan on February 1, 1952, killing all of its 12-man crew.  The wing of the bomber was struck by another B-29 (#42-65392) in the formation in which it was flying (a training flight), causing the planes to crash ten miles northwest of Kadena AFB, Okinawa.  There were no survivors on #44-61908, but #42-86392 landed safely with no fatalities.  A prisoner in a German POW camp during World War II, he reenlisted in the Air Force after returning home.
     
  • McCormick, A/2c James - Airman Second Class McCormick was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Bait Me" #44-69802) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing. On September 12, 1952, while on a combat mission, the aircraft's wings iced up and caused the aircraft to stall and crash 21 miles southwest of Kangnung, South Korea. His remains were recovered.  He was born September 19, 1929.  His home of record was Fort Pierce, Florida.  He is buried in Eau Gallie Cemetery, Eau Gallie, Florida.
     
  • McDonnell, 1Lt. Robert J. - crew member of ("Southern Comfort" #44-61810), shot down by two Russian MiGs over Sea of Japan on June 13, 1952.  All 12 crew members were lost.
     
  • McDonough, Capt. Charles Edward - He bailed out when his plane (#45-48015) was hit by MiG-15 just across the river from Sinuiju, North Korea, on December 04, 1950.  He was badly burned when he landed on the wreckage.  He was taken POW and murdered two weeks later during an interrogation.  McDonough was born April 8, 1919.  His home of record was New London, Connecticut.
     
  • McDowell, AMN James Clark - His aircraft (#44-27261) crashed on takeoff from Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya on February 2, 1953. The cause of the crash was because an engine that had recently been replaced had a missing piston and the engine didn't have enough power.  All 15 onboard were killed.  Airman McDowell was born January 26, 1933.
     
  • McGeough, Capt. Leo Francis - Captain McGeough was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Hoxie's Hoax" #44-61923) with the 325th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group. On July 13, 1950, while making a bombing run at Oki-Gunto, bombs prematurely exploded and the aircraft crashed near Dogo, Island, Japan. His remains were recovered. Captain McGeough was the son of Owen and Mary Farrell McGeough.
     
  • McGuire, Capt. Charles Frederick - Captain McGuire was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Star Duster/Rough Roman" #44-69818) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On July 7, 1953, as the aircraft was returning from a bombing mission, it crashed during the landing approach to Pohang Air Base (K-3). All thirteen airmen were killed.  He was born September 07, 1921 and his home of record was Santa Cruz, California.  His spouse was Rtia Mae McGoogan McGuire (1923-1999).
     
  • McHorney, Sgt. William L. - Sergeant McHorney was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Miss Manukie/Squeeze Play" #44-86415) with the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On September 19, 1951, while on a leaflet dropping mission, his aircraft developed engine problems and it was ditched in the Sea of Japan. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on July 29, 1952.  Born June 12, 191, his home of record was Joplin, Missouri.
     
  • McKeown, 1Lt. Thomas J. - 1st Lieutenant McKeown, from Cranford, New Jersey, was a Navigator aboard U.S. Air Force KB-29M Superfortress (#44-87782), serving with the 43rd Aerial Refueling Squadron, 43rd Bomber Wing. The aircraft experienced engine failures on takeoff, and was attempting to return to the airfield at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, Arizona, when it crashed short of the runway.  All eight aboard were killed.  Lieutenant McKeown was born October 29, 1919 in New Jersey.
     
  • McLain, Cpl. James William - He was declared MIA when his B-29 (#44-62083) was lost on a training mission in the Sea of Japan on January 31, 1952. Speculation among others stationed in Okinawa was that bombs aboard the aircraft detonated accidentally en route to their target killing everyone onboard.  He was born May 5, 1932 and enlisted in Alexandria, Virginia.
     
  • McLain, 1Lt. William Jr. - First Lieutenant McLain was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-27314) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On December 4, 1951, while departing on a combat mission, one engine quit after take-off and the aircraft crashed five miles east of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, killing nine crew members. He was one of the nine.
     
  • McLelland, MSgt. James Land - On 5 August 1950, B-29 (#44-87651) crashed, burned, and exploded five minutes after takeoff from Fairfield-Suisun AFB, CA, causing fatal injuries to 12 crewmen and passengers. Eight crewmen and passengers received minor injures. Extensive damage to private and government property and injuries to both civilian and military personnel were caused by a subsequent explosion of the bomb on the aircraft. At the time of the crash, the aircraft was carrying a significant bomb load.  Born on November 27, 1910 in Lawrence County, Mississippi, M/Sergeant McLelland was the son of Neal and Anna McLelland.  He enlisted in the US Air Force on May 24, 1949.  He is buried in Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery, Sontag, Mississippi.
     
  • McLoughlin, A/2c Robert John - Airman First Class McLoughlin was the tail gunner of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Wrights' Delights" - They Chosin Flew" #44-86392) with the 345th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing stationed at Yokota Air Base, Japan. On November 19, 1952, after completing a successful bomb run on Sonchon, North Korea, his aircraft was badly damaged by an enemy MiG. The crew bailed out a half mile north of Cho-do, North Korea. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on November 20, 1953.  Born October 05, 1931, Airman McLoughlin's home of record was Elmhurst, New York.
     
  • McMann, A/2c John Gerald - His aircraft ("Bust 'N The Blue" #44-62167) crashed on August 30, 1952, four miles north of Taegu.  He and all 11 other crew members died.  His body was recovered. John was born October 21, 1927 and was from Pittsfield, Maine.  He is buried in the Pittsfield Village Cemetery.
     
  • McManus, Sgt. Phillip - Sergeant McManus was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Vicious Roomer" #44-62042) with the 345th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing stationed at Yokota Air Base, Japan. On March 28, 1952, while on a combat mission, two if the aircraft's engines caught fire. The order to bail out was given and he jumped. Soon the order was rescinded and the plane landed safely. His remains were recovered.
     
  • McNeeley, Capt. Albert J. - pilot of (#44-27326) when it hit a mountain near Tenn-dong near Taegu on September 13, 1951, killing all 14 onboard.  Born August 11, 1920, Captain McNeeley's home of record was LaFollette, Tennessee.  He is buried in Noble IOOF Cemetery, Noble, Oklahoma.  When he died he left a young wife and three small daughters, Mary Jeanne, Vicki, and Nancy.
     
  • McNutt, SSgt. William H. - A crew member of ("Lil' Darlin" #44-86273), his B-29 crashed into the Yokota Bowling Alley and clothing sales while returning from a bomb mission on October 14, 1951. 
     
  • Meredith, Capt. David - Captain Meredith was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress ("Fujigmo" #44-62166) from the 371st Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing, 307th Bomber Wing. On July 22, 1952, while on a combat mission, his aircraft caught fire northeast of Ocho-o, South Korea.  Born July 20, 1925, his home of record was Ranger, Texas.
     
  • Meyers, MSgt. Harrell B. - His aircraft was rammed by B-29 (#44-87774) on March 12, 1952.  Both planes crashed and all personnel were killed.  There were seven crew members who lost their lives that day while on a transition flight on B-29 #44-62223.  Meyers was 29 years old.
     
  • Michel, A/1c Richard Thomas - Airman First Class Michel was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Bait Me" #44-69802) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On September 12, 1952, while on a combat mission, the aircraft's wings iced up and caused the aircraft to stall and crash 21 miles southwest of Kangnung, South Korea. His remains were recovered.  He was born April 05, 1928, son of Jacob E. Michel (1907 - 1986) and Jessie E. Camp Michel (1913 - 1999).  His home of record was Doniphan, Nebraska.  He is buried in Wood River Cemetery, Wood River, Nebraska.
     
  • Miles, A/2c David Edward - Airman Second Class Miles was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress ("Fujigmo" #44-62166) from the 371st Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group, 307th Bomber Wing. On July 22, 1952, while on a combat mission, his aircraft caught fire northeast of Ocho-o, South Korea and crashed. All thirteen airmen were killed.  Born on December 14, 1930, David Miles' home of record was Utica, New York.
     
  • Miller, 1Lt. John Richard - Captain Miller was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Miss Jackie The Rebel" #44-61967) with the 30th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing. On June 10, 1952, after completing a bomb run, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire near a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, North Korea, and contact was lost. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.  Miller was born July 02, 1920.  His home of record was Stowell, Texas.
     
  • Miller, A2c Paul Luther - Aircraft (#44-69866) was damaged by three KPAFAC Yak-9 fighters near Seoul, Korea and the crew bailed out over the Yellow Sea on July 12, 1950.  Two crew members were taken POW.  It was the first B-29 loss to enemy fighters in the Korean War.  Miller was taken Prisoner of War, forced to march to North Korea on the "Tiger Death March", and died while a prisoner at Chunggang-jin, North Korea on November 10, 1950. His remains were not recovered.  He was from Flat Rock, Michigan.
     
  • Miller, 1Lt. Raymond - First Lieutenant Miller was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Myakinas" #44-62108) with the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On April 10, 1951, while on a night intruder mission against Sinanju and Kunu-ri, North Korea, two of the aircraft's engines stopped and the plane crash landed at Taegu Airfield, South Korea. His remains were recovered and he is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  Born December 17, 1915, his home of record was Steubenville, Ohio.
     
  • Mitchell, 1Lt. Robert A. - died when B-29 ("Over Exposed" #44-61813) was damaged by MiG-15 and crash landed short of Johnson Air Base, Japan, on November 09, 1950.  This World War II veteran was the co-pilot.  He was from Brooklyn, New York.
     
  • Moldafsky, 1Lt. Irwin - He was declared MIA when his B-29 (#44-62083) was lost on a training mission in the Sea of Japan on January 31, 1952. Speculation among others stationed in Okinawa was that bombs aboard the aircraft detonated accidentally en route to their target killing everyone onboard.  He was from Decatur, Illinois.
     
  • Moore, MSgt. David L. - crew member of ("Southern Comfort" #44-61810), shot down by two Russian MiGs over Sea of Japan on June 13, 1952.  All 12 crew members were lost.
     
  • Monserrat, SSgt. Miguel W. - crew member of ("Southern Comfort" #44-61810), shot down by two Russian MiGs over Sea of Japan on June 13, 1952.  All 12 crew members were lost.
     
  • Montgomery, AMN Robert J. - Search and rescue plane (SB-29 (#44-69982) of the 52d Air Rescue Squadron, 6th Air Rescue Group, based at Harmon Air Force Base, Newfoundland, was sent out to assist in search efforts on March 18, 1953 to find a missing B-36 bomber (Convair B-36H 51-13721). The B-29 disappeared shortly before landing, crashing into St. Georges Bay, a few miles from the runway, killing all ten crew members. Born in 1931, he was the son of Addie M. Fletcher Montgomery of Wright County, Missouri.  He was from Mountain Grove, Missouri.
     
  • Mooradian, Capt. Ara - bombardier on (#44-61940) when MiGs shot the left wing off during Black Tuesday on October 23, 1951.  POW/MIA reported in a Russian prison in 1953.
     
  • Morgan, 1Lt. Warren L. - First Lieutenant Morgan was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("United Notions" #44-27326) with the 372th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 13, 1951, the aircraft was on a combat mission when it crashed into a mountain near Taem-dong, South Korea killing all 14 servicemen on board.  Born January 12, 1921, he was a son of Charles Lee and Bertha Cole Morgan, and the younger brother of Edwin Lloyd Morgan )1912-1966).  His home of record was Erie, Pennsylvania.
     
  • Mueller, 1Lt. Wilbur John - USMA Class of 1949, First Lieutenant Mueller was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber #44-86327) with the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On June 1, 1951, while bombing a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, his aircraft was attacked by MiGs setting its wing on fire. Some crewmen were ably to parachute into enemy lines. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 31, 1954. He was from East St. Louis, Illinois.
     
  • Munroe, Cpl. Irving - Corporal Munroe was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-86327) when, on June 1, 1951, while bombing a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, North Korea, this aircraft was attacked by MiGs, setting its wing on fire. with the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On June 1, 1951, while bombing a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, his aircraft was attacked by MiGs setting its wing on fire. Some crewmen were able to parachute into enemy lines. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 31, 1954.  He was from Newport, Rhode Island.
     
  • Murdoch, 1Lt. Richard - 1st Lieutenant Murdoch, from Los Angeles, California, was an observer aboard U.S. Air Force KB-29M Superfortress (#44-87782). The aircraft experienced engine failures on takeoff, and was attempting to return to the airfield at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, Arizona, when it crashed short of the runway.  All eight aboard were killed.  Lieutenant Murdoch was born October 21, 1919 in Ireland.  He is buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California.
     
  • Murphy, Capt. William - Aircraft (#44-62078), based out of March AFB, crashed at Prairie Bay, Azores, on December 07, 1951.  The plane was on its way home for Christmas when it got caught in tail winds and crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff.  The men had been in England for three months on a routine training mission. Captain Murphy was from Trenton, New Jersey.
     
  • Murray, A/2c Francis L. - B-29 (#44-87754)  had taken off from Guam on its way to its base near Mountain Home, Idaho when one of the engines failed about 15 minutes after takeoff and the crew turned around to go back to Guam, which is 3,700 miles west of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean. During emergency landing at Andersen AFB, Guam, on December 17, 1953, the plane failed to reach the runway and crashed into an officers housing area at the base, demolishing ten homes and damaging three more.  Nine of the 16 crew members were killed, as were seven on the ground. Airman Murray was a passenger on the plane that day and one of the fatalities.  Born December 16, 1933, he is buried in Motor of Dolors Cemetery, Vandalia, Illinois.
     
  • Murray, 1Lt. Jack Lewis - First Lieutenant Murray was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-86357) with the 372th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On August 24, 1951, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire near Sunchon and the crew bailed out. The aircraft exploded 11 miles west of Sunan. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954.
     
  • Murray, Cpl. James B. - He was a member of the crew of ("Dragon Lady" #44-61835) when its #3 engine caught fire and a wing blew away on October 31, 1951.  Ten of the 12 crew members perished when the aircraft crashed 40 miles north of Kadena.

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  • Neail, A2C Frank E. III - His B-29 ("Sunbonnet King" #44-61815) was shot down by two Soviet LA-11 fighters near Yuri Island while on a photo mission over Northern Hokkaido on October 07, 1952.  All eight crew members of the "Sunbonnet King" were lost.
     
  • Nelson, 2Lt. Lawrence A. - First Lieutenant Nelson was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Loaded 'Leven" #44-69803) with the 344th Bomber Squadron, 998th Bomber Wing. On February 28, 1952, while on a bombing mission, the aircraft's engines developed problems and the crew bailed out. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. Lieutenant Nelson was born September 27, 1926.  His home of record was Stillwater, Minnesota.
     
  • Neu, 1Lt. Robert Donald - His aircraft was rammed by B-29 (#44-87774) on March 12, 1952.  Both planes crashed and all personnel were killed.  There were seven crew members who lost their lives that day while on a transition flight on B-29 #44-62223.  Lieutenant Neu was born in Nebraska on January 30, 1922, son of William Eugene Neu (1896-1993) and Beaulah Mae Evertson Neu (1898-1961).  His siblings were William Eugene Neu Jr. (1924-1980), Richard Dale Neu (1925-1947), Virginia Lee Neu McGhee (1934-1993), and Bonnie Neu Miller.  The family moved from Nebraska to Sandpoint, Idaho.
     
  • Newswanger, TSgt. Quentin L. - Technical Sergeant Newswanger was a crew member of a B-29A Bomber (#42-94045) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On October 23, 1951, the aircraft was shot down by enemy MiGs over Namsi Airfield, North Korea on BlackTuesday. He was listed as Killed in Action. His remains were not recovered.  Born March 24, 1924, he was the son of Harry Ellsworth and Winona Ressler Newswanger.  His home of record was Quarryville, Pennsylvania.
     
  • Nichols, A/2c James Lorence - Airman First Class Nichols was the central fire control gunner of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Wrights' Delights' - They Chosin Flew" #44-86392) with the 345th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing stationed at Yokota Air Base, Japan. On November 19, 1952, after completing a successful bomb run on Sonch'on, Korea, his aircraft was badly damaged by an enemy MiG. The crew bailed out a half mile north of Cho-do, North Korea. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on November 20, 1953. Born in Pershing, Iowa, on July 08, 1932, he lived in Knoxville, Iowa.
     
  • Nikles, A/1c Rudolf - Airman First Class Nikles was a crew member on a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-62011) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On December 30, 1952, after delivering bombs on the enemy near Taesong-Dong, North Korea, the aircraft was attacked by MiG fighters, and the crew was ordered to bail out about 25 miles north of Pyongyang. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. Born in Oberradling, Hungary, graduated High School in Troy, New York, 1951.  According to his niece, "He was a young, well-liked man who died a few days after his 20th birthday. That was only a few years after coming to America from Hungary.  Rudolf joined the Air Force to save money so that he could further his education in Troy, N.Y. He believed it was a great opportunity."

    "Rudolf Nikles, son of Herman Nikles and Teresia Schanta, resided on 4th Avenue in Troy and attended Lansingburgh High School. Rudolf's uncle and aunt were Rudolph J. and Anna Nikles. He entered the Air Force in August 1951 at 18 years of age. Airman First Class Nikles was with the 19th Bomber Group, 28th Bomber Squadron. Airman First Class Nikles was the left Gunner on a B-29 Medium Bomber. On 30 December 1952 his squadron attacked an ore processing plant in North Korea northwest of Pyongyang when they were attacked by enemy fighters. Nikles' plane bombed the target and turned southward, still under enemy attack. The final radio transmission from the plane stated "crew bailing out." Two minutes later the plane was observed crashing about 25 miles north of Pyongyang. A Marine pilot heard the bailout order and two minutes later observed the aircraft crash about 25 miles north of Pyongyang. Five of the twelve crew members survived and were repatriated during "Big Switch." A1C Nikles was listed as missing in action and presumed dead on December 31, 1953. Military awards included the Air Medal, Purple Heart, National Defense Service, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation. A1C Nikles' name appears on the Honor Court, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii." -  Source: Rensselaer County [NY] Heroes Korean War 1950-1953: The Forgotten Remembered compiled by Ken Page.

     
  • Nosk, 2Lt. Kenneth - Second Lieutenant Nosk was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (RB-45 #21749) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On March 29, 1951, while on a combat mission, his aircraft lost two engines over the East China Sea, northwest of Okinawa and ditched. His remains were not recovered. Lieutenant Nosk was born January 31, 1929.  His home of record was New York, New York.
     
  • Null, Lt. Rodger Dean - Search and rescue plane (SB-29 (#44-69982) of the 52d Air Rescue Squadron, 6th Air Rescue Group, based at Harmon Air Force Base, Newfoundland, was sent out to assist in search efforts on March 18, 1953 to find a missing B-36 bomber (Convair B-36H 51-13721). The B-29 disappeared shortly before landing, crashing into St. Georges Bay, a few miles from the runway, killing all ten crew members. Lieutenant Null was the son of Claude Elmo Null (1892-1935) and husband of Eleanor Mary Null (1921-1995).
     
  • Nutting, Capt. John Mainard Jr. - Captain Nutting was a crew member of a B-29A Bomber (#42-94045) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On October 23, 1951, the aircraft was shot down by enemy MiGs over Namsi Airfield, North Korea on Black Tuesday.  . His remains were not recovered. Born January 23, 1916, he was the son of John Mainard Nutting Sr. and Teresa Estelle Gavin Nutting.  His home of record was North Leeds, Maine.

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  • Oetgen, 1Lt. Henry Glenn  Jr. - B-29 (#44-87754)  had taken off from Guam on its way to its base near Mountain Home, Idaho when one of the engines failed about 15 minutes after takeoff and the crew turned around to go back to Guam, which is 3,700 miles west of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean. During emergency landing at Andersen AFB, Guam, on December 17, 1953, the plane failed to reach the runway and crashed into an officers housing area at the base, demolishing ten homes and damaging three more.  Nine of the 16 crew members were killed, as were seven on the ground. Lieutenant Oetgen, the pilot, was a fatality.  Born July 03, 1916, this World War II veteran was the husband of Dorothy Upshur Oetgen (1911-1994).  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
     
  • O'Kelley, Capt. Stanley Keith - His B-29 ("Little Red Ass" RB50G-#47145) 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 the region of Cape Gamor on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. All crew but one (1Lt. John Roche) were lost.  O'Kelley was badly injured and shocked.  He died of wounds, shock, and exposure after being in the waters of the Sea of Japan for approximately twenty hours.
     
  • O'Meara, James Joseph - Airman Second Class O'Meara was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Shady Lady/Double or Nuthin' #42-65357) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On January 29, 1953, the aircraft was shot down by MiGs eleven miles south of Pyongyang and eighteen miles east of Sariwon, North Korea. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 30, 1954.  He was the son of James Henry and Nora Ella Hopkins O'Meara. 
     
  • Olsen, 1Lt. Arthur Robert - Crew member of (#42-65357).  Shot down January 27, 1953.  POW/MIA.  Born September 19, 1919, he was from Blytheville, Arkansas.  See "Shady Lady/Double or Nuthin' in the Aircraft Losses section.
     
  • Olsen, A/3c Walter F. - Airman First Class Olsen was the left scanner of a B-29 Superfortress Bomber (#44-83985) with the 2nd Air Rescue Squadron, 2nd Bomber Wing based at Hunter Air Force Base, Georgia. On July 10, 1953, his aircraft crashed about seven miles from Hunter AFB, killing all 10 crew members.  Airman Olsen was born in Santa Clara, California.
     
  • O'Neal, LtCol. Julius Elliott - Lieutenant Colonel O'Neal was an observer on a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-70151) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On October 23, 1951, while on a bombing mission, MiGs damaged the aircraft and the crew bailed out in the Chinnampo to Inchon area over the Yellow Sea. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.  He was born March 28, 1919 and his home of record was Fairfax, South Carolina.  LTC O'Neal was a POW held after the war ended and possibly convicted of war crimes.  He is listed in the Air Force Manual No. 200-25, 16 January 1961, which contains data on Air Force men still missing in action. 
     
  • O'Toole, Damian Fidelis - Airman First Class O'Toole was a tail gunner on a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-62011) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On December 30, 1952, after delivering bombs on the enemy near Taesong-Dong, North Korea, the aircraft was attacked by MiG fighters, and the crew was ordered to bail out about 25 miles north of Pyongyang. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.  O'Toole was born February 22, 1931, son of Leo E. O'Toole.  His home of record was Lancaster, Ohio.
     
  • Oracion, 2Lt. Marquis H. - A crew member of ("Lil' Darlin'" #44-86273), his B-29 crashed into the Yokota Bowling Alley and clothing sales while returning from a bomb mission on October 14, 1951. 
     
  • Osborne, Pfc. Jesse Alex Jr. - Airman Second Class Osborne was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#42-94045) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On October 23, 1951, the aircraft was shot down by enemy MiGs over Namsi Airfield, North Korea. He was taken Prisoner of War and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. His remains were not recovered. Born on September 27, 1931 in Dante, Virginia, he lived in Lebanon, Virginia.
     
  • Owens, Cpl. Leonard Grady - He was declared MIA when his B-29 (#44-62083) was lost on a training mission in the Sea of Japan on January 31, 1952. Speculation among others stationed in Okinawa was that bombs aboard the aircraft detonated accidentally en route to their target killing everyone onboard.  Leonard was born January 10, 1931 and enlisted at Carnesville, Georgia.  At the time of his disappearance, his 17-year old sister Geneva was writing to an Air Force veteran serving with a search and rescue team.  Carl Starkey told her that B-29 crews were supposed to radio in every 100 miles.  They received two transmissions from 4462083, but nothing after that.  When the research and rescue team went out, all they found was a dipstick and a slick of oil.
     
  • Oyler, Capt. Ernest Renwick - Captain Oyler was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("United Notions" #44-62084) with the 325th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group. On September 9, 1950, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and exploded mid-air near Wolbong-ni. Five parachutes were seen. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on March 31, 1954.  He was married at the time he became missing.  He was the son of Charles Renwick Oyler and Ella Lucille Herron Oyler.

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  • Padgett, Maj. Robert Wells - His aircraft (#44-87774) rammed B-29 (#l44-62223) on March 12, 1952 near San Antonio, Texas.  Both planes crashed and all personnel were killed in this mid-air collision. B-29 #44-87774 had a crew of eight.  Padgett was 30 years old.
     
  • Panetino, SSgt. Carl J. - He was a member of the crew of ("Dragon Lady" #44-61835) when its #3 engine caught fire and a wing blew away on October 31, 1951.  Ten of the 12 crew members perished when the aircraft crashed 40 miles north of Kadena.
     
  • Parker, SSgt. Donald E. - (WB29 #44-61640) plunged into the sea on February 26, 1952 while on a typhoon tracking mission.  Its number one engine burst into flames.  The B-29 was based at the 54th SRS (M) Weather at Andersen AFB, Guam.  Sergeant Parker was one of six missing crewmen.
     
  • Parr, Cpl. Charley O. - He was a member of the crew of ("Dragon Lady" #44-61835) when its #3 engine caught fire and a wing blew away on October 31, 1951.  Ten of 12 crew members perished when the aircraft crashed 40 miles north of Kadena.
     
  • Peck, Capt. James Kenneth -  MIA following the bailout of ("Wright's Delights, They Chosen Flew" #44-86392) on November 19, 1952. He was born December 27, 1921 and was from Arvada, Colorado.  He was survived by a son (James K. Peck II) and a daughter.
     
  • Peoples, A2C Harry Thomas - KIA on ("Lubricating Lady" #44-61751) on October 31, 1952.  Born June 30, 1933, he was from Williamsburg, Virginia.
     
  • Penninger, 1Lt. Roger William - Captain Penninger was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("DYachenko" #44-70151) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On October 23, 1951, while on a bombing mission, MiGs damaged the aircraft and the crew bailed out in the Chinnampo to Inchon area over the Yellow Sea. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. Born on July 20, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois, he lived in Lake Elsinore, California. He graduated from Harper High School, Chicago, Illinois.
     
  • Pereira, Cpl. Richard J. - Corporal Pereira was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("United Notions" #44-27326) with the 372th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 13, 1951, the aircraft was on a combat mission when it crashed into a mountain near Taem-dong, South Korea killing all 14 servicemen on board. Corporal Pereira was born April 23, 1933.  His home of record was Santa Clara, California.  He is buried in Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, Santa Clara, California.
     
  • Peters, 1Lt. Spiro Joseph -  First Lieutenant Peters was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Wolf Pack" #44-86343) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 13, 1952, while making a bomb run on the Suiho Hydroelectric Plant, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. Lieutenant Peters was born June 08, 1925.  His home of record was Rochester, New York.
     
  • Peterson, 2Lt. Robert Duaine - Second Lieutenant Peterson was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("United Notions" #44-27326) with the 372th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 13, 1951, the aircraft was on a combat mission when it crashed into a mountain near Taem-dong, South Korea killing all 14 servicemen on board.  Born on September 27, 1925, his home of record was Lake Mills, Iowa.  He is buried in Center Church Cemetery, Lake Mills.  He was the husband of Mary Jane Peterson and the father of Dana Lynn Peterson.
     
  • Pettit, A/2c Thomas Junior - Airman First Class Pettit was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Hot to Go" #44-62183) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On June 10, 1952, while on a night mission, the aircraft was hit by rocket fire from a MiG near Kwaksan, North Korea and exploded. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954.  Born August 17, 1930, he was the son of Son of Ralph and Sylvia Pettit.  His home of record was Covington, Kentucky.
     
  • Phalen, 1Lt. Robert Francis - Lieutenant Phalen was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Lubricating Lady" #44-61751) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing, based at Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa. On October 31, 1952, when his aircraft was returning from a mission over Korea and was about 110 miles from Kadena, it developed engine trouble and crashed into the ocean. Eleven crew members were lost. His remains were not recovered.  Born September 2, 1922, Lieutenant Phalen was from Cortland, New York.
     
  • Phillips, 2Lt. Duane Martin - B-29 (#44-86268) was on a combat mission over North Korea on April 07, 1951. F-84s escorting, when it was damaged by two MiGs.  Two engines went out, the pilot ordered bail out, and the aircraft crashed into the water four miles off NW North Korea. Seven fighter aircraft and three SAR aircraft participated in SAR effort.  Only crewman (2Lt. Charles Shallenberger) was rescued and one crew member became a POW (Pfc. James Lewis Jones).  The rest are still missing in action.  Phillips is MIA.
     
  • Phillis, 1Lt. William Kay - First Lieutenant Phillis was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Wolf Pack" #44-86343) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 13, 1952, while making a bomb run on the Suiho Hydroelectric Plant, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. Per William Blanchet: Bill Phillis was shot down over France, captured and held prisoner in Stalag Luft 1 during WW II. The East Tower of the Central State Hospital in Freehold, New Jersey was renamed in his honor and that of his brother-in-law Thomas Blanchet, a Marine Corp veteran of Okinawa.
     
  • Phy, 1Lt. Ralph Irwin - First Lieutenant Phy was the aircraft commander of a B-29 Superfortress Bomber (#44-27262)  with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On January 27, 1953 the aircraft was on a combat mission when it crashed three miles north of Suwon Air Base (K-13), South Korea, killing him and two other airmen.  Lieutenant Phy was born May 16, 1916 and his home of record was Santa Monica, California.
     
  • Pickrell, SSgt. Homer A. - B-29 (#44-87754)  had taken off from Guam on its way to its base near Mountain Home, Idaho when one of the engines failed about 15 minutes after takeoff and the crew turned around to go back to Guam, which is 3,700 miles west of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean. During emergency landing at Andersen AFB, Guam, on December 17, 1953, the plane failed to reach the runway and crashed into an officers housing area at the base, demolishing ten homes and damaging three more.  Nine of the 16 crew members were killed, as were seven on the ground. Pickrell was the left gunner/scanner on the aircraft.  He risked his life to save that of Bob Jensen. Pickrell died of injuries the following day.  In 1958 his father accepted the Soldiers Medal posthumously for his heroism.
     
  • Picucci, Capt. James Jerome - Navigator of (#45-48015), Captain Picucci was a crewman of a RB-45C Tornado reconnaissance aircraft with Reconnaissance Detachment A, 84th Bomber Squadron, U.S. Air Force. On December 4, 1950, while on a reconnaissance mission over the Yalu River, his aircraft was shot down by Russian MiG-15s. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. TDY from 19th Bomb Wing.  Captain Picucci was born October 23, 1918.  His home of record was New York, New York.  He was survived by a son James J. Picucci, Sacramento, California.
     
  • Pierson, 1Lt. Robert Leach "Sonny" - First Lieutenant Pierson was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Star Duster/Rough Roman" #44-69818) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On July 7, 1953, as the aircraft was returning from a bombing mission, it crashed during the landing approach to Pohang Air Base (K-3). All thirteen airmen were killed.  Lieutenant Pierson was born May 03, 1930, son of Edwin Gray and Imogene Leach Pierson.  He is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Marlin, Texas.
     
  • Pillsbury, A/1c Danny - crew member of ("Southern Comfort" #44-61810), shot down by two Russian MiGs over Sea of Japan on June 13, 1952.  All 12 crew members were lost.
     
  • Pitt, Cpl. Jimmie W. - He was a crew member on B-29 (#44-61908) flying out of Okinawa when it went down in the Sea of Japan on February 1, 1952, killing all of its 12-man crew.  The wing of the bomber was struck by another B-29 (#42-65392) in the formation in which it was flying (a training flight), causing the planes to crash ten miles northwest of Kadena AFB, Okinawa.  There were no survivors on #44-61908, but #42-86392 landed safely with no fatalities.
     
  • Pollak, Capt. Frank J. - navigator, lost at sea when his aircraft, ("Typhoon Goon II" #44-69770) disappeared on the morning of October 26, 1952 on a 14-hour over-water flight to obtain information about Typhoon Wilma.
     
  • Pope, A/2c James Dean - Crew member of (#42-65357).  Shot down January 27, 1953.  POW/MIA.  Born November 30, 1931, he was from Cherryville, North Carolina.  See "Shady Lady/Double or Nuthin' in the Aircraft Losses section.
     
  • Porter, A/1c James Howard - Airman First Class Porter was the radio operator of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Wrights' Delights - They Chosin Flew" #44-86392) with the 345th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing stationed at Yokota Air Base, Japan. On November 19, 1952, after completing a successful bomb run on Sonch'on, Korea, his aircraft was badly damaged by an enemy MiG. The crew bailed out a half mile north of Cho-do, North Korea. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on November 20, 1953. Born in Bastrop, Louisiana, on September 26, 1930, his parents lived in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated High School in Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1949.
     
  • Poynor, 1Lt. Con Foley "C.F." - crew member of (#42-94045) (Captain Krumm's crew) when it was shot down over Namsi Air Field on Black Tuesday, October 23, 1951.  Born July 17, 1918, he was the son of Murry Middleton and Pearl Zella Malear Pynor.  His home of record was Eastland county, Texas.  He had two brothers, Aubrey Lee and Ola B. Poynor.
     
  • Prachinack, S/Sgt. Joseph - On 5 August 1950, B-29 (#44-87651) crashed, burned, and exploded five minutes after takeoff from Fairfield-Suisun AFB, CA, causing fatal injuries to 12 crewmen and passengers. Eight crewmen and passengers received minor injures. Extensive damage to private and government property and injuries to both civilian and military personnel were caused by a subsequent explosion of the bomb on the aircraft. At the time of the crash, the aircraft was carrying a significant bomb load.  Sergeant Prachinack was born October 26, 1913.
     
  • Prasnikar, A/2c James C. - His aircraft ("Bust 'N The Blue" #44-62167) crashed on August 30, 1952, four miles north of Taegu.  He and all 11 other crew members died.  His body was recovered. James was born October 19, 1931.  His home of record was Harwick, Pennsylvania.  He enlisted in the Air Force on March 23, 1951.  He is buried in the Deer Creek Cemetery, Cheswick, Pennsylvania.

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  • Quinn, Capt. Francis Xavier - Search and rescue plane (SB-29 #44-69982) of the 52d Air Rescue Squadron, 6th Air Rescue Group, based at Harmon Air Force Base, Newfoundland, was sent out to assist in search efforts on March 18, 1953 to find a missing B-36 bomber (Convair B-36H 51-13721). The B-29 disappeared shortly before landing, crashing into St. Georges Bay, a few miles from the runway, killing all ten crew members. He was born July 25, 1923 and was from  Dorchester, Massachusetts.  He was a World War II veteran.

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  • Rackley, Cpl. Carroll L. - Four minutes after take-off, his aircraft ("Heart's Desire" #44-86400) struck a small hill near the village of Daimon, six miles northwest of Yokota AB, Japan and burned on March 31, 1952. He was a fatality.  Born January 31, 1929, he was the son of Lee and Hazel Caroline Breashears Rackley.
     
  • Radelin, A/2c Earl William Jr. - His B-29 ("Little Red Ass" RB50G-#47145) 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 the region of Cape Gamor on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. All crew but one (1Lt. John Roche) were lost.
     
  • Rainey, Cpl. Samuel H. - While returning from a mission over North Korea, his B-29 ("Vicious Roomer" #44-62042) had an engine fire, and the order was given to bailout on March 28, 1952. Four crew parachuted out, but only one landed on ground. Corporal Rainey and the two others perished from exposure in the ocean. The next day, searchers found two bodies but Cpl. Rainey was lost at sea.  Born January 23, 1933, he was the son of Abraham and Margaret Rainey of Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey.  He enlisted in the Air Force on July 06, 1950.  He was an aerial gunner.
     
  • Rash, A/1c David Elton - Search and rescue plane (SB-29 (#44-69982) of the 52d Air Rescue Squadron, 6th Air Rescue Group, based at Harmon Air Force Base, Newfoundland, was sent out to assist in search efforts on March 18, 1953 to find a missing B-36 bomber (Convair B-36H 51-13721). The B-29 disappeared shortly before landing, crashing into St. Georges Bay, a few miles from the runway, killing all ten crew members. Airman Rash was born October 12, 1929 in Beaverton, Oregon.
     
  • Reeve, Pfc. Leonard Andrew - On 5 August 1950, B-29 (#44-87651) crashed, burned, and exploded five minutes after takeoff from Fairfield-Suisun AFB, CA, causing fatal injuries to 12 crewmen and passengers. Eight crewmen and passengers received minor injures. Extensive damage to private and government property and injuries to both civilian and military personnel were caused by a subsequent explosion of the bomb on the aircraft. At the time of the crash, the aircraft was carrying a significant bomb load.  Born April 10, 1930, he was the son of Victor and Ellen Stewart Reeve.  He enlisted in the US Air Force on January 06, 1949.  He is buried in Sunset View Cemetery, el Cerrito, California.
     
  • Rehm, 1Lt. Harry Marshall -  First Lieutenant Rehm was a veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was a bombardier on a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-62011) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On December 30, 1952, after delivering bombs on the enemy near Taesong-Dong, North Korea, the aircraft was attacked by MiG fighters, and the crew was ordered to bail out about 25 miles north of Pyongyang. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. He was born in Whitehall, New York, and lived in Clemons, New York.
     
  • Reiche, 2Lt. Paul Richard - He was declared MIA when his B-29 (#44-62083) was lost on a training mission in the Sea of Japan on January 31, 1952. Speculation among others stationed in Okinawa was that bomb aboard the aircraft detonated accidentally in route to their target killing everyone onboard.  Paul was born on April 6, 1923, son of Paul Adolph and Elizabeth Rewoldt Reiche.  He enlisted at Carpentersville, Illinois.
     
  • Reid, A/1c Elbert Josephus Jr. - Staff Sergeant Reid was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Hot to Go" #44-62183) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On June 10, 1952, while on a night mission, the aircraft was hit by rocket fire from a MiG near Kwaksan, North Korea and exploded. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954.
     
  • Reilly, TSgt. John Miles  - B-29 (#44-87754) had taken off from Guam on its way to its base near Mountain Home, Idaho when one of the engines failed about 15 minutes after takeoff and the crew turned around to go back to Guam, which is 3,700 miles west of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean. During emergency landing at Andersen AFB, Guam, on December 17, 1953, the plane failed to reach the runway and crashed into an officers housing area at the base, demolishing ten homes and damaging three more. Nine of the 16 crew members were killed, as were seven on the ground. Sergeant Reilly was one of the fatalities.  Born October 09, 1923, he was survived by his widow, Arlene Isabell Osborn Reilly (1924-2012).  Both are buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California. On July 01, 1957, Arlene Reilly married Richard H. Hoenck. 
     
  • Reynolds, Pfc. William E. - His aircraft (#44-87774) rammed B-29 (#44-62223) on March 12, 1952 near San Antonio, Texas.  Both planes crashed and all personnel were killed in this mid-air collision. B-29 #44-87774 had a crew of eight.  Pfc. Reynolds was born in 1931, the son of Gertrude E. Reynolds (1900-1917).  There is a marker for him in Moshassuck Cemetery, Central Falls, Rhode Island.
     
  • Rice, Sgt. John Andrew - Attached to 98th Bomb Wing, B-29 (#44-86371) was hit by AAA over Pyongyang on May 07, 1951.  It damaged No. 3 & 4 engines hit which possibly caused explosion, lost wing, 4-5 chutes observed, Navy SA-16 and USS Bataan fighter aircraft conducted SAR effort with negative results. Rice, who was from Cleveland, Ohio, is missing in action.
     
  • Richards, 2Lt. Harold G. - Four minutes after take-off, his aircraft ("Heart's Desire" #44-86400) struck a small hill near the village of Daimon, six miles northwest of Yokota AB, Japan and burned on March 31, 1952. He was a fatality.
     
  • Richards, Capt. Norman Orin - Captain Richards, from Los Gatos, California, was the Aircraft Commander pilot of U.S. Air Force KB-29M Superfortress (#44-87782), serving with the 43rd Aerial Refueling Squadron, 43rd Bomber Wing. The aircraft experienced engine failures on takeoff, and was attempting to return to the airfield at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, Arizona, when it crashed short of the runway. All eight aboard were killed.  Captain Richards was born December 04, 1918.  He is buried in Golden Gate Cemetery, San Bruno, California.
     
  • Richardson, Cpl. Robert - Aircraft (#44-62078), based out of March AFB, crashed at Prairie Bay, Azores, on December 07, 1951. The plane was on its way home for Christmas when it got caught in tail winds and crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff. The men had been in England for three months on a routine training mission. Corporal Richardson was from St. Joseph, Missouri.
     
  • Ries, 1Lt. Dale Richard - On September 19, 1951, while on a leaflet dropping mission, his aircraft ("Miss Manuki/Squeeze Play" #44-86415) developed engine problems and it was ditched in the Sea of Japan.  Its entire crew was lost.
     
  • Riley, Cpl. Donald Louis - Corporal Riley was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Miss Manukie/Squeeze Play" #44-86415) with the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On September 19, 1951, while on a leaflet dropping mission, his aircraft developed engine problems and it was ditched in the Sea of Japan. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on July 29, 1952. He was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Orlie Riley of Canton, Illinois. Donald attended schools in Canton prior to enlistment.
     
  • Ritter, SSgt. Thomas Warren - Staff Sergeant Ritter was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (RB-45 #21749) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On March 29, 1951, while on a combat mission, his aircraft lost two engines over the East China Sea, northwest of Okinawa. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 18, 1951.  Sergeant Ritter was born July 2, 1925.  His home of record was McAlester, Oklahoma.
     
  • Roberts, Capt. John Luverne - Captain Roberts was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Bait Me" #44-69802) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On September 12, 1952, while on a combat mission, the aircraft's wings iced up and caused the aircraft to stall and crash 21 miles southwest of Kangnung, South Korea. His remains were recovered. He is buried with Lieutenant Merle T. Ayers and Airman Second Class George D. Jones, Jr. at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.  He was born June 01, 1923 and his home of record was Rockford, Illinois
     
  • Robie, Lt. Norbert Leo - Four minutes after take-off, his aircraft ("Heart's Desire" #44-86400) struck a small hill near the village of Daimon, six miles northwest of Yokota AB, Japan and burned on March 31, 1952. He was a fatality.
     
  • Rochelle, Cpl. Burton H. - Corporal Rochelle, from Los Angeles, California, son of Harold Burton Rochelle, was a crewmember aboard U.S. Air Force KB-29M Superfortress (#44-87782), serving with the 43rd Aerial Refueling Squadron, 43rd Bomber Wing. The aircraft experienced engine failures on takeoff, and was attempting to return to the airfield at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, Arizona, when it crashed short of the runway. All eight aboard were killed.  Corporal Rochelle was born July 03, 1931 in Kansas.
     
  • Rocklage, Capt. Harry William Jr. - On September 19, 1951, while on a leaflet dropping mission, his aircraft ("Miss Manuki/Squeeze Play" #44-86415) developed engine problems and it was ditched in the Sea of Japan.  Its entire crew was lost.
     
  • Rodney, A2c Daryl Erwin - Airman First Class Rodney was the right gunner of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-62011) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On December 30, 1952, after delivering bombs on the enemy near Taesong-Dong, North Korea, the aircraft was attacked by MiG fighters. The crew was ordered to bail out about 25 miles north of Pyongyang. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. Although the official government status is MIA, there are existing documents stating he was taken POW.  He was known as "Rod." Graduated High School, San Luis Obispo, California, 1945.
     
  • Rohan, Cpl. Edmond H. - He was a member of the crew of ("Dragon Lady" #44-61835) when its #3 engine caught fire and a wing blew away on October 31, 1951.  Ten of the 12 crew members perished when the aircraft crashed 40 miles north of Kadena.
     
  • Rood, 1Lt. Raymond J. - First Lieutenant Rood was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-27314) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On December 4, 1951, while departing on a combat mission, one engine quit after take-off and the aircraft crashed five miles east of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, killing nine crew members. Lieutenant Rood was born October 23, 1921.  He is buried in Pine Rest Cemetery, Foley, Alabama.
     
  • Roper, Maj. Hillard Marshall - His aircraft ("Bust 'N The Blue" #44-62167) crashed on August 30, 1952, four miles north of Taegu.  He and all 11 other crew members died.  His body was recovered. Major Roper was born October 03, 1916.  His home of record was Auburn, Alabama.
     
  • Rose, Cpl. William Wilbur - Aircraft (#45-21814) was shot down by MiGs about seven miles southwest of Kusong, North Korea while on a bombing mission near the Yalu River on November 10, 1950.  Corporal Rose was taken POW and is MIA.
     
  • Ross, Paul Clement - pilot of (#44-62166) when the aircraft caught fire northeast of Ocho-o, South Korea on July 22, 1952.  The plane crashed at Taegu, killing all 13 crew members.  Ross was born January 26, 1923 and left behind a 28 year old wife and 6 year old daughter.
     
  • Ross, A/2c Robert Lewis - Staff Sergeant Ross was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Hot to Go" #44-62183) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On June 10, 1952, while on a night mission, his aircraft was hit by rocket fire from a MiG near Kwaksan, North Korea and exploded. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. He was born March 04, 1931, the son of Elizabeth F. Ross.  His home of record is Rockville, Indiana.
     
  • Rottier, Capt. Donald Leonard - His aircraft was rammed by B-29 (#44-87774) on March 12, 1952.  Both planes crashed and all personnel were killed.  There were seven crew members who lost their lives that day while on a transition flight on B-29 #44-62223.  Captain Rottier was born April 17, 1915.
     
  • Roy, Capt. William A. - Search and rescue plane (SB-29 (#44-69982) of the 52d Air Rescue Squadron, 6th Air Rescue Group, based at Harmon Air Force Base, Newfoundland, was sent out to assist in search efforts on March 18, 1953 to find a missing B-36 bomber (Convair B-36H 51-13721). The B-29 disappeared shortly before landing, crashing into St. Georges Bay, a few miles from the runway, killing all ten crew members. Born on May 23, 1920 in Bexar County, Texas, he was the son of William and Annie McDermott Roy.  He was the husband of Eleanor Mary Null (1921-1995).
     
  • Royer, 1Lt. Ted Grover - Captain Royer was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Wolf Pack" #44-86343) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 13, 1952, while making a bomb run on the Suiho Hydroelectric Plant, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. His remains were not recovered. Lieutenant Royer was born September 06, 1920. His home of record  was Houston, Texas.
     
  • Ruble, 1Lt. Winfred L. - He was a member of the crew of ("Dragon Lady" #44-61835) when its #3 engine caught fire and a wing blew away on October 31, 1951.  Ten of the 12 crew members perished when the aircraft crashed 40 miles north of Kadena.
     
  • Rudat, Capt. Fred Otto "Fritz" - Captain Rudat was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Lucky Dog" #44-86370) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On April 12, 1951, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy MiGs and it was ditched. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 31, 1954. Born on July 11, 1920, his parents were Otto C. Rudat and Anna Marie Weiss Rudat.  His home of record was Columbus, Nebraska.
     
  • Rush, 2Lt. Malcolm L. - Second Lieutenant Rush was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("United Notions" #44-27326) with the 372th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 13, 1951, the aircraft was on a combat mission when it crashed into a mountain near Taem-dong, South Korea killing all 14 servicemen on board  Lieutenant Rush was the beloved husband of Iva Lee, father of Malcolm J., son of Milo and Mary Rush, brother of Mrs. Melba Cross of New York, and Dwight. He is buried in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.
     
  • Ruska, MSgt. James Sr. - He was declared MIA when his B-29 (#44-62083) was lost on a training mission in the Sea of Japan on January 31, 1952. Speculation among others stationed in Okinawa was that bombs aboard the aircraft detonated accidentally en route to their target killing everyone onboard.  James was born March 12, 1917 and was married with at least one child (James) when this accident occurred.  James Ruska Sr. enlisted in the Air Force in New York, New York.
     
  • Russell, A/2c Charles Joseph Jr. - His B-29 ("Little Red Ass" RB50G-#47145) 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 the region of Cape Gamor on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. All crew members but one (1Lt. John Roche) were lost.  Charles Russell was born August 25, 1932, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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  • Salisbury, Maj. George R. - Major Salisbury was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber(#44-27314) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On December 4, 1951, while departing on a combat mission, one engine quit after take-off and the aircraft crashed five miles east of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, killing nine crew members.  He was one of the nine.
     
  • Sanders, Maj. Earl Jackson Jr. - The wings on ("Bait Me" #44-69802) iced up, the aircraft stalled, and it crashed 21 miles southwest of Kangnung, South Korea on September 13, 1952.  Sanders was born November 24, 1922 and was from Georgia.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
     
  • Sanders, Sgt. James Richard Jr. -  Aircraft (#45-21814) was shot down by MiGs about seven miles southwest of Kusong, North Korea while on a bombing mission near the Yalu River on November 10, 1950.  Sergeant Sanders died while a POW.
     
  • Sanderson, Capt. Warren John - His B-29 ("Little Red Ass" RB50G-#47145) 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 the region of Cape Gamor on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. All crew members but one (1Lt. John Roche) were lost.
     
  • Schafer, Sgt. John - This aircraft (#44-62078), based out of March AFB, crashed at Prairie Bay, Azores, on December 07, 1951. The plane was on its way home for Christmas when it got caught in tail winds and crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff. The men had been in England for three months on a routine training mission. Sergeant Schafer, age 29, was from Venice, California.
     
  • Schemp, M/Sgt. Claude Desault Schemp Jr. - USAF Strategic Air Command experimental project MX-1018, Project Tip-Tow, an attempt to extend fighter escort for bombers on long-range missions by coupling a pair of Republic F-84s onto bomber wingtips, suffered a setback when EF-84D, 48-641, lost control, rolled upside down, and hit the wing of Boeing ETB-29A-60-BN Superfortress (#44-62093), sending both aircraft down to crash in Peconic Bay, New York, on April 24, 1953. The program was immediately cancelled. The B-29 had five crew members and fatalities.  Sergeant Schemp was the son of Claude Desault and Amy Jane Dew Schemp and the brother of Elizabeth Jane and Herbert A. Schemp.  He was born in 1919 and is buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.
     
  • Schmitt, A/2c Warren Wendolem - Airman Second Class Schmitt was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-62073) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On November 8, 1952, while on a night bombing mission, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on November 9, 1953. Central Fire Control. He was born on August 30, 1921, son of William W. and Francis L. Schmitt of Iowa.
     
  • Schneidt, Capt. Norman William - Captain Schneidt was a veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-62073) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On November 8, 1952, while on a night bombing mission, his aircraft was hit midsection by a Russian MiG and crashed. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on November 9, 1953.  He was born November 01, 1922 in Hoboken, New Jersey and attended high school in Hudson, New York.
     
  • Schooley, 1Lt. James M. - died when B-29 ("Over Exposed" #44-61813) was damaged by MiG-15 and crash landed short of Johnson Air Base, Japan, on November 09, 1950.  He was a member of the 20th Weather Squadron, a weather officer and navigator for the 2015th Weather Detachment based at Tachikawa, Japan.  He was from Robertson, Missouri.
     
  • Schulz, SSgt. Hayden C. - Attached to the 55th SRS (M) Weather at McClellan AFB, California, his B-29 weather plane (WB-29 #44-87756) crashed on April 05, 1952 as it approached for landing at McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento, California. The crash occurred three miles short of the runway after returning from a 19-hour flight. Born in 1929, he is buried in Swiftwater Cemetery, Swiftwater, Pennsylvania.  He was a flight mechanic.
     
  • Schuman, TSgt. Arthur Henry - He was declared MIA when his B-29 (#44-62083) was lost on a training mission in the Sea of Japan on January 31, 1952. Speculation among others stationed in Okinawa was that bombs aboard the aircraft detonated accidentally en route to their target killing everyone onboard.  Arthur was stationed at Pearl Harbor in the Army when it was attacked on Pearl Harbor Day.  He survived the attack to return home and then enlist in the Air Force.  He was an instructor at Chanute before being transferred to the Far East Command during the Korean War.  He was married to Lula Olive Bledsaw and they had three children, Gary Eugene, Sandra Sue, and Cheryl Lynn.  Cheryl was born after her father's plane went missing.  Mrs. Schuman never remarried.  Cheryl died at the age of 32.  Arthur's son and daughter still live in Decatur, Illinois.  Interestingly, there were two Decatur men (and one from Springfield, Illinois not far from Decatur) on 44-62083 when the plane was lost that day.
     
  • Schwab, A/2c Edward Anthony - Crew member of (#42-65357).  Shot down January 27, 1953.  POW/MIA.  Born March 26, 1932, he was from Java, New York.  See "Shady Lady/Double or Nuthin' in the Aircraft Losses section.
     
  • Scites, A/2c Clinton Eugene - Airman Second Class Scites was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress ("Fujigmo" #44-62166) from the 371st Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group, 307th Bomber Wing. On July 22, 1952, while on a combat mission, his aircraft caught fire northeast of Ocho-o, South Korea and crashed. All thirteen airmen were killed.  Scites was born June 02, 1932.  His home of record was Huntington, West Virginia.
     
  • Scott, 1Lt. Dale Walton - His aircraft (#44-87774) rammed B-29 (#44-62223) on March 12, 1952 near San Antonio, Texas.  Both planes crashed and all personnel were killed in this mid-air collision. B-29 #44-87774 had a crew of eight.  He was born Decwember 18, 1919 in Wichita, Kansas, son of Hobart W. Scott (1896-1979).  A World War II and Korean War veteran, there is a memorial marker for him in Cement Cemetery, Cement, Oklahoma.
     
  • Scott, Sgt. James Robert - Sergeant Scott was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-86415) with the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On September 19, 1951, while on a leaflet dropping mission, his aircraft developed engine problems and it was ditched in the Sea of Japan. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on July 29, 1952. Born on September 24, 1913, his home of record was Laurel, Mississippi.
     
  • Scully, 1Lt. James A. - crew member of ("Southern Comfort" #44-61810), shot down by two Russian MiGs over Sea of Japan on June 13, 1952.  All 12 crew members were lost.
     
  • Seagoe, TSgt. Richard David - Technical Sergeant Seagoe was a veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-86327) with the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On June 1, 1951, while bombing a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, his aircraft was attacked by MiGs setting its wing on fire. Some crewmen were able to parachute into enemy lines. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 31, 1954.  He was from St. Petersburg, Florida.
     
  • Seals, 1Lt. Moses Grant - His aircraft was rammed by B-29 (#44-87774) on March 12, 1952.  Both planes crashed and all personnel were killed.  There were seven crew members who lost their lives that day while on a transition flight on B-29 #44-62223.  Moses Seals ws born June 08, 1920.  He was a World War II/Korean War veteran from Texas.  He was survived by his wife, Evelyn Terry Kizer Seals (1925-1991), who later married Ivan E. Nyberg.
     
  • Sedler, Cpl. Mark A. - He was a crew member on B-29 (#44-61908) flying out of Okinawa when it went down in the Sea of Japan on February 1, 1952, killing all of its 12-man crew.  The wing of the bomber was struck by another B-29 (#42-65392) in the formation in which it was flying (a training flight), causing the planes to crash ten miles northwest of Kadena AFB, Okinawa.  There were no survivors on #44-61908, but #42-86392 landed safely with no fatalities.
     
  • Service, Capt. Samuel D. - crew member of ("Southern Comfort" #44-61810), shot down by two Russian MiGs over Sea of Japan on June 13, 1952.  All 12 crew members were lost.
     
  • Sestak, 2Lt. Myron Frederick - At 0131 hours on November 19, 1952, his aircraft ("Wright's Delights', They Chosen Flew" #44-86392) was on a bombing mission over Songhon. On return it was hit by fighters. The aircraft went down approximately eight miles north of Chodo Island after fire and order to bail out. Lieutenant Sestak was shot in the head.  He was born April 25, 1920.
     
  • Shaddick, 2Lt. John Philip - Crew member of ("Shady Lady/Double or Nuthin" #42-65357).  Shot down January 27, 1953.  POW/MIA.  He was born October 17, 1927. 
     
  • Shaffer, M/Sgt. Don D. - USAF Strategic Air Command experimental project MX-1018, Project Tip-Tow, an attempt to extend fighter escort for bombers on long-range missions by coupling a pair of Republic F-84s onto bomber wingtips, suffered a setback when EF-84D, 48-641, lost control, rolled upside down, and hit the wing of Boeing ETB-29A-60-BN Superfortress (#44-62093), sending both aircraft down to crash in Peconic Bay, New York, on April 24, 1953. The program was immediately cancelled. The B-29 had five crew members and fatalities.  Sergeant Shaffer was born December 29, 1919, and was the husband of Helen Louise Hay Shaffer (1919-2005).  He is buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.
     
  • Shaw, 2Lt. James Earl III -  Returning to Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, after a seven-hour training flight, this aircraft (#45-21771) crashed ten miles southwest of Seguin, Texas on January 11, 1951. At 8,000 feet the pilot, Captain Norman A. Bivens, cut off the automatic pilot and began descending through an overcast, flying on instruments. Bivens reported losing all flight instruments and the aircraft became uncontrollable. Six of the crew members were killed, while five others parachuted to safety.  Born January 17, 1929 in Grenada, Mississippi, Lieutenant Shaw was the son of James Earl and Louise Honeycutt Shaw.  He is buried in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Grenada.  He was the radio operator on the B-29 that day.
     
  • Shaw, 2Lt. Robert J. - (WB29 #44-61640) plunged into the sea on February 26, 1952 while on a typhoon tracking mission.  Its number one engine burst into flames.  The B-29 was based at the 54th SRS (M) Weather at Andersen AFB, Guam.  Lieutenant Shaw was one of six missing crewmen.
     
  • Shields, Capt. Thomas Lester - pilot on (#44-70151) on Black Tuesday on October 23, 1951.  Crew bailed out in Chinnampo, North Korea area.  Captain Shields was a senior pilot and aircraft commander of a B-29A Superfortress with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing (Medium). During a savage air battle with enemy MiGs on October 23, 1951, his aircraft was badly damaged. He flew it towards the coast where his crew could be rescued. As the last of his crew bailed out, he was still at the controls. He was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.
     
  • Shipman, A/2c Joseph Robert - This aircraft (#44-83985) crashed "with terrific force" in a marshy swamp about seven and a half miles south-southwest of Hunter AFB, Savannah, Georgia, home base of the B-29, on July 10, 1953.  The B-29 was on a training mission, and an explosion was believed to be the probable cause.  The B-29 slammed into the  muck alongside Rock Fish Creek, and the wreckage was spotted about 9:25 a.m. the next day by a Navy helicopter which joined in the search being conducted by search parties pushing through swampland on flatboats.  It was found near the mouth of the Ageechee River.  All ten crew members were killed. Airman Shipman was born on February 2, 1932.  He is buried in Garden of Memories Cemetery, Tampa, Florida.
     
  • Shipp, A/3c Thomas G. - shot down by two Soviet LA-11 fighters near Yuri Island while on a photo mission over Northern Hokkaido on October 07, 1952.  All eight crew members of the ("Sunbonnet King" #44-61815) were lost.
     
  • Shook, TSgt. George R. - Attached to the 55th SRS (M) Weather at McClellan AFB, California, his B-29 weather plane (WB-29 #44-87756) crashed on April 05, 1952 as it approached for landing at McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento, California. The crash occurred three miles short of the runway after returning from a 19-hour flight.  The flight engineer, he was from North Highlands, California.
     
  • Sides, A/1c Jimmy Carter - KIA on ("Lubricating Lady" #44-61751) on October 31, 1952.  Born December 3, 1933.  Airman First Class Sides was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa. On October 31, 1952, when his aircraft was returning from a mission over Korea and was about 110 miles from Kadena, it developed engine trouble and crashed into the ocean. Eleven crew members were lost.
     
  • Simpson, Capt. Richard Harold - MIA on April 12, 1951 when his plane, ("Hot Box" #44-69682) was attacked by MiGs and crashed into a mountain near Sinuiju.  Remains recovered in 2007.  Captain Simpson was born July 25, 1923 in Huron County, Michigan.  He was a decorated World War II veteran.
     
  • Skinner, 1Lt. Preston - First Lieutenant Skinner was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Miss Jackie The Rebel" #44-61967) with the 30th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing. On June 10, 1952, after completing a bomb run, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire near a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, North Korea, and contact was lost. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.  He was born May 27, 1923.  His home of record was Long Beach, California.
     
  • Slavicek, A1/c Glen Leroy - Airman First Class Slavicek was a crew member B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Bust 'N The Blue" #44-62167) with the 344th Bomb Squadron, 98th Bomb Wing. On August 30, 1952, while on a bombing mission, the aircraft crashed four miles north of Taegu, South Korea. All twelve crew members perished. His remains were recovered.  Glen was born January 1, 1931.  His home of record was Oroville, California.
     
  • Sleppy, MSgt. Marvin Elwood - Sergeant Sleppy was killed while a crew member of ("Lubricating Lady" #33-61751) on October 31, 1952.  Born November 05, 1921, he was from Springdale, Pennsylvania.
     
  • Smith, Maj. Daniel D. Jr. -  Major Smith was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Tail Wind/Burke's Jerks/Sweet Judy II" #45-21721) with the 345th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On February 7, 1952, while departing on a combat mission, his aircraft crashed during snow three miles northwest of Yokota Air Base, Japan. Smith was born February 17, 1921.  He was from Texas.
     
  • Smith, Capt. Hal R. - He was a crew member on B-29 (#44-61908) flying out of Okinawa when it went down in the Sea of Japan on February 1, 1952, killing all of its 12-man crew.  The wing of the bomber was struck by another B-29 (#42-65392) in the formation in which it was flying (a training flight), causing the planes to crash ten miles northwest of Kadena AFB, Okinawa.  There were no survivors on #44-61908, but #42-86392 landed safely with no fatalities.
     
  • Sorensen, T/Sgt. Gale Lloyd - Aircraft (#44-62078), based out of March AFB, crashed at Prairie Bay, Azores, on December 07, 1951. The plane was on its way home for Christmas when it got caught in tail winds and crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff. The men had been in England for three months on a routine training mission. Sergeant Sorensen was born July 29, 1923.
     
  • Spain, A/2c Charles Ogan - Airman Second Class Spain was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress ("Fujigmo" #44-62166) from the 371st Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group, 307th Bomber Wing. On July 22, 1952, while on a combat mission, his aircraft caught fire northeast of Ocho-o, South Korea and crashed. All thirteen airmen were killed. Born January 15, 1933, Spain's home of record was Mayfield, Kentucky.
     
  • Spann, Cpl. John - Corporal Spann was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("United Notions" #44-27326) with the 372th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 13, 1951, the aircraft was on a combat mission when it crashed into a mountain near Taem-dong, South Korea killing all 14 servicemen on board.  Born June 21, 1929, his home of record was Abbeville, Alabama.  He is buried in Ebenezer Cemetery, Abbeville.
     
  • Spence, Maj. Marvin James - Major Spence was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("United Notions" #44-62084) with the 325th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group. On September 9, 1950, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and exploded mid-air near Wolbong-ni. Five parachutes were seen. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on March 31, 1954.  He was from Erie, Pennsylvania.
     
  • Springer, T/Sgt. Ellsworth - Techical Sergeant Springer, from Tucson, Arizona, was the Flight Engineer aboard U.S. Air Force KB-29M Superfortress (#44-87782), serving with the 43rd Aerial Refueling Squadron, 43rd Bomber Wing. The aircraft experienced engine failures on takeoff, and was attempting to return to the airfield at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, when it crashed short of the runway. All eight aboard were killed.  Sergeant Springer was born March 31, 1911.
     
  • Sproul, Capt. Harold R. - KIA on ("Dragon Lady" #44-61835) when the aircraft took a hit on the left side of the cockpit on April 12, 1951, killing the pilot and bombardier. Sproul was the bombardier.  Sproul was from Keyport, New Jersey.  He was a husband, and the father of a two-year old daughter named Jackie Sproul (now Kane).  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
     
  • Stagg, A/1c Westervelt Charles Jr. - Airman First Class Stagg was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Miss Jackie the Rebel" #44-61967) with the 30th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing. On June 10, 1952, after completing a bomb run, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire near a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, North Korea, and contact was lost. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.  Wes Stagg was born September 18, 1930 in Rutherford, New Jersey.  He attended Rutherford High School.
     
  • Stalnaker, Capt. Robert Eldon - His B-29 ("Little Red Ass" RB50G-#47145) 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 the region of Cape Gamor on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. All crew but one (1Lt. John Roche) were lost.
     
  • Stanley, Sgt. Otha Paul - Staff Sergeant Stanley was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#42-94072) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 8, 1950, while returning from a bombing mission over Korea, his aircraft crashed into the East China Sea five miles north of Okinawa, killing eight crew members. His remains were not recovered.  He was born October 22, 1919.  His home of record was Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
     
  • Stevenson, A/2c Frank James - Crew member of ("Shady Lady/Double or Nuthin'" #42-65357).  Shot down January 27, 1953.  POW/MIA.  Born February 26, 1934, he was from Camden, New Jersey.
     
  • Stinnett, Pfc. Clem Lee - He was declared MIA when his B-29 (#44-62083) was lost on a training mission in the Sea of Japan on January 31, 1952. Speculation among others stationed in Okinawa was that bombs aboard the aircraft detonated accidentally en route to their target killing everyone onboard.  Born June 14, 1920, his home of record was Cushing, Oklahoma.
     
  • Stoddard, Maj. Robert W. - Major Stodfdard was a crew member of a B-29 Superfortress Bomber (#44-83985) with the 2nd Air Rescue Squadron, 2nd Bomber Wing based at Hunter Air Force Base, Georgia. On July 10, 1953, his aircraft crashed about seven miles from Hunter AFB, killing all 10 crew members.  Stoddard was from Decatur, Illinois.
     
  • Stokes, Sgt. Sherrill L. - Sergeant Stokes was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-27314) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On December 4, 1951, while departing on a combat mission, one engine quit after take-off and the aircraft crashed five miles east of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, killing nine crew members.  Sergeant Stokes was born August 02, 1932 in Massac County, Illinois, the son of Lester E. and Lucille Stokes.  He is buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Metropolis, Illinois.
     
  • Stoll, Sgt. Edward J. - Attached to 98th Bomb Wing, B-29 (#44-86371) was hit by AAA over Pyongyang on May 07, 1951.  It damaged No. 3 & 4 engines hit which possibly caused explosion, lost wing, 4-5 chutes observed, Navy SA-16 and USS Bataan fighter aircraft conducted SAR effort with negative results.  Sergeant Stoll is missing in action.
     
  • Stopa, 2Lt. Dewey - Crew member of ("Shady Lady/Double or Nuthin'" #42-65357).  Shot down January 27, 1953.  POW who was badly beaten.  His shoes were taken away and replaced by flimsy tennis shoes, resulting in severe frostbite.  He died on March 3, 1953 while POW and was buried on the side of a mountain seven miles north of Pyongyang. 
     
  • Strieff, SSgt. Leon Charles - Staff Sergeant Strieff was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#42-94072) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 8, 1950, while returning from a bombing mission over Korea, his aircraft crashed into the East China Sea five miles north of Okinawa, killing eight crew members. He was born November 11, 1922. His home of record was Gilman, Illinois.
     
  • Stubblebine, 1Lt. James Arthur - On 5 August 1950, B-29 (#44-87651) crashed, burned, and exploded five minutes after takeoff from Fairfield-Suisun AFB, CA, causing fatal injuries to 12 crewmen and passengers. Eight crewmen and passengers received minor injures. Extensive damage to private and government property and injuries to both civilian and military personnel were caused by a subsequent explosion of the bomb on the aircraft. At the time of the crash, the aircraft was carrying a significant bomb load.  Born July 30, 1924, he was from Pennsylvania.  He was a World War II veteran.  He is buried in Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, Texas.
     
  • Sundstrom, Capt. Roy Arnold - He was a crew member on B-29 (#44-61908) flying out of Okinawa when it went down in the Sea of Japan on February 1, 1952, killing all of its 12-man crew.  The wing of the bomber was struck by another B-29 (#42-65392) in the formation in which it was flying (a training flight), causing the planes to crash ten miles northwest of Kadena AFB, Okinawa.  There were no survivors on #44-61908, but #42-86392 landed safely with no fatalities.
     
  • Supplee, Sgt. George W. Jr. - He was a crew member on B-29 (#44-61908) flying out of Okinawa when it went down in the Sea of Japan on February 1, 1952, killing all of its 12-man crew.  The wing of the bomber was struck by another B-29 (#42-65392) in the formation in which it was flying (a training flight), causing the planes to crash ten miles northwest of Kadena AFB, Okinawa.  There were no survivors on #44-61908, but #42-86392 landed safely with no fatalities.
     
  • Svelmoe, 1Lt. Robert - Aircraft (#44-62078), based out of March AFB, crashed at Prairie Bay, Azores, on December 07, 1951. The plane was on its way home for Christmas when it got caught in tail winds and crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff. The men had been in England for three months on a routine training mission. Lieutenant Svelmoe was from Chula Vista, California.
     
  • Swingle, 1Lt. Beverly Allison - Fatality in the bailout of ("Wright's Delight's, They Chosen Flew" #44-87734) on November 19, 1952.  He was born May 01, 1928 and was from Tennessee.  His remains were recovered and buried in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

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  • Tabor, Capt. Marvin T. - He was a crew member on B-29 (#44-61908) flying out of Okinawa when it went down in the Sea of Japan on February 1, 1952, killing all of its 12-man crew.  The wing of the bomber was struck by another B-29 (#42-65392) in the formation in which it was flying (a training flight), causing the planes to crash ten miles northwest of Kadena AFB, Okinawa.  There were no survivors on #44-61908, but #42-86392 landed safely with no fatalities.  Captain Tabor was survived by a widow and children Marvin Jr.  (6), James (5), Rhoda (9 months), Elizabeth (4), and Sue (20 months).
     
  • Tejeda, Maj. Francisco Joseph - His B-29 ("Little Red Ass" RB50G-#47145) 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 the region of Cape Gamor on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. All crew but one (1Lt. John Roche) were lost.
     
  • Temple, A/2c Amos Cleveland "Pete" - On September 12, 1952, while on a combat mission on B-29 ("Bait Me" #44-69802), the aircraft's wings iced up and caused the aircraft to stall and crash 21 miles southwest of Kangnung, South Korea.  Remains recovered.  He is buried in Nancy Hart Memorial Park, Hartwell, Georgia.  Temple was born March 31, 1932.  His home of record was Hartwell, Georgia.
     
  • Thomas, A/1c James Clark - Airman First Class Thomas was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Star Duster/Rough Roman" #44-69818) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On July 7, 1953, as the aircraft was returning from a bombing mission, it crashed during the landing approach to Pohang Air Base (K-3). All thirteen airmen were killed.  James was born July 14, 1931.  His home of record was Paulsboro, New Jersey.  His remains were recovered and he was buried in New Saint Josephs Cemetery, Swedesboro, New Jersey.
     
  • Thomas, TSgt. Keith D. - Technical Sergeant Thomas was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress ("Fujigmo" #44-62166) from the 371st Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group, 307th Bomber Wing. On July 22, 1952, while on a combat mission, his aircraft caught fire northeast of Ocho-o, South Korea and crashed. All thirteen airmen were killed.  Keith Thomas was born April 30, 1923, son of Philip and Lorena Thomas.  His home of record was Los Angeles, California.  He and his wife had two sons, Barry Douglas and John William, both of whom are Vietnam veterans.  Keith's widow remarried.  His son Barry was killed in an automobile accident in Florida while home on furlough.  Keith is buried in Barrancas National Cemetery.
     
  • Thomas, SSgt. Lewis Albert Jr. - B-29 (#44-86268) was on a combat mission over North Korea on April 07, 1951. F-84s escorting, when it was damaged by two MiGs.  Two engines went out, the pilot ordered bail out, and the aircraft crashed into the water four miles off NW North Korea. Seven fighter aircraft and three SAR aircraft participated in SAR effort.  Only crewman (2Lt. Charles Shallenberger) was rescued and one crew member became a POW (Pfc. James Lewis Jones).  The rest are still missing in action.  Thomas is MIA.
     
  • Thompson, SSgt. Elwood J. - Staff Sergeant Thompson was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Miss Jackie The Rebel" #44-61967) with the 30th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing. On June 10, 1952, after completing a bomb run, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire near a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, North Korea, and contact was lost. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.  Born August 29, 1915, his home of record was Atwater, California.
     
  • Thompson, SSgt. Raymond - Staff Sergeant Thompson was the left gunner of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Wrights' Delights - They Chosin Flew" #44-86392) with the 345th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing stationed at Yokota Air Base, Japan. On November 19, 1952, after completing a successful bomb run on Sonch'on, Korea, his aircraft was badly damaged by an enemy MiG. The crew bailed out a half mile north of Cho-do, North Korea. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on November 20, 1953.  Born  August 20, 1929, his home of record was Akron, Ohio.
     
  • Thomson, 1Lt. Hugh Ker - His aircraft ("Double Whammy" #44-87734) crashed into the Sea of Japan between Okinawa and southern Korea north of Chinnampo on January 23, 1952 after a runaway propeller sheared and cut the fuselage.  MIA.  He was born April 10, 1929 and was from Brooklyn, New York.
     
  • Threlkeld, Capt. William Earle - He was declared MIA when his B-29 (#44-62083) was lost on a training mission in the Sea of Japan on January 31, 1952. Speculation among others stationed in Okinawa was that bombs aboard the aircraft detonated accidentally en route to their target killing everyone onboard.  Born May 18, 1915, his home of record was Springfield, Illinois.
     
  • Tiller, MSgt. Horace Nelson - Lost in the bailout of ("Wright's Delights, They Chosen Flew" #44-86392) on November 19, 1952. MIA.  Sergeant Tiller was born in Spur, Texas, but his address at the time of his loss was Vallejo, California.
     
  • Toland, Cpl. Francis X. - WB29 44-61640 plunged into the sea on February 26, 1952 while on a typhoon tracking mission.  Its number one engine burst into flames.  The B-29 was based at the 54th SRS (M) Weather at Andersen AFB, Guam.  Corporal Toland was one of six missing crewmen.
     
  • Tovsen, MSgt. Donald Eugene - He was a crew member of a SB-29 Superfortress rescue aircraft (#44-84124) with the 3rd Air Rescue Squadron, U.S. Air Force.  On January 31, 1951, while on a rescue mission, engines three and four failed and the electric system went out. The aircraft crashed three miles south of Johnson Air Base, killing three members of the crew.   Tovsen was born June 16, 1924.  His home of record was Cedar, Minnesota.
     
  • Trackberger [Trakberger], Capt. Otto C. -  Staff Sergeant Trakberger was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Myakinas" #44-62108) with the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On April 10, 1951, while on a night intruder mission against Sinanju and Kunu-ri, North Korea, two of the aircraft's engines stopped and the plane crash landed at Taegu Airfield, South Korea. His remains were recovered. Born May 12, 1928, he was the son of Gabor Trakberger (Albany Hungarian Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Albany, Louisiana), and Elizabeth Trakberger.
     
  • Trautmann, 1Lt. Arthur Adolph - A crew member of ("Lil' Darlin'" #44-86273), his B-29 crashed into the Yokota Bowling Alley and clothing sales while returning from a bomb mission on October 14, 1951.  He was from Wisconsin.
     
  • Travis, Gen. Robert Falligant - On August 5, 1950, B-29 (#44-87651) crashed, burned, and exploded five minutes after takeoff from Fairfield-Suisun AFB, CA, causing fatal injuries to 12 crewmen and passengers. Eight crewmen and passengers received minor injures. Extensive damage to private and government property and injuries to both civilian and military personnel were caused by a subsequent explosion of the bomb on the aircraft. At the time of the crash, the aircraft was carrying a significant bomb load.  General Travis was rescued alive from the cockpit area, but died of wounds en route to the hospital.  Born on December 26, 1905 in Savannah, Georgia, he was survived by his wife, Frances Jane Travis (1911-1987).  General Travis is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  Following his death Fairfield-Suisun AFB became known as Travis AFB.
     
  • Trosclair, A/1c James Oliver - Airman First Class Trosclair was the radio operator of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (Wolf Pack #44-86343) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 13, 1952, while making a bomb run on the Suiho Hydroelectric Plant, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. Airman Trosclair was born April 24, 1930.  His home of record was McKinney, Texas.
     
  • Tucker, Cpl. John L. - On 5 August 1950, B-29 (#44-87651) crashed, burned, and exploded five minutes after takeoff from Fairfield-Suisun AFB, CA, causing fatal injuries to 12 crewmen and passengers. Eight crewmen and passengers received minor injures. Extensive damage to private and government property and injuries to both civilian and military personnel were caused by a subsequent explosion of the bomb on the aircraft. At the time of the crash, the aircraft was carrying a significant bomb load.  Born February 10, 1930 in California, he was the son of Clarence and Effie Tucker.  The Tuckers were a large family.  Corporal Tucker enlisted in the US Air Force on January 05, 1949 and was a passenger on #44-87651 when it crashed.  He is buried in Manasota Memorial Park, Bradenton, Florida.
     
  • Tullis, Lt. Roy C. - He was a crew member on B-29 (#44-61908) flying out of Okinawa when it went down in the Sea of Japan on February 1, 1952, killing all of its 12-man crew.  The wing of the bomber was struck by another B-29 (#42-65392) in the formation in which it was flying (a training flight), causing the planes to crash ten miles northwest of Kadena AFB, Okinawa.  There were no survivors on #44-61908, but #42-86392 landed safely with no fatalities.  He was survived by his wife, the former Jean Kams.
     
  • Turner, Pfc. George P. - Private First Class Turner, from Pasadena, California, was the radio operator aboard U.S. Air Force KB-29M Superfortress (#44-87782), serving with the 43rd Aerial Refueling Squadron, 43rd Bomber Wing. The aircraft experienced engine failures on takeoff, and was attempting to return to the airfield at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, Arizona, when it crashed short of the runway. All eight aboard were killed.  Pfc. Turner was born February 23, 1932 in Alabama.  He is buried in Lincoln Memorial Park, Carson, California.
     
  • Turner, 1Lt. Harold Peter - Crew member of ("Shady Lady/Double or Nuthin'" #42-65357).  Shot down January 27, 1953.  POW/MIA.  Born December 2, 1917, he was from Chico, California.

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  • Ursini, Cpl. Jerry - Corporal Ursini was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Hoxie's Hoax" #44-61923) with the 325th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group. On July 13, 1950, while making a bombing run at Oki-Gunto, bombs prematurely exploded and the aircraft crashed near Dogo, Island, Japan. His remains were recovered. He was born on September 02, 1928 in Oakland, California.

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  • Vandarwarka, Lt. Clayton Wallace - pilot of ("Star Duster/Rough Roman" #44-69818) when it crashed during landing approach at Pohang Air Base after returning from a combat mission on July 07, 1953.  Vandarwarka was born April 10, 1921 in North Dakota.  He is buried in Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California.
     
  • Vanderpool, Sgt. Richard Dale - On 5 August 1950, B-29 (#44-87651) crashed, burned, and exploded five minutes after takeoff from Fairfield-Suisun AFB, CA, causing fatal injuries to 12 crewmen and passengers. Eight crewmen and passengers received minor injures. Extensive damage to private and government property and injuries to both civilian and military personnel were caused by a subsequent explosion of the bomb on the aircraft. At the time of the crash, the aircraft was carrying a significant bomb load.  Born February 27, 192, he is buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville, IL. 

    The newspaper article below appeared with a larger article about the B-29 crash that claimed the lives of many men in the plane and men on the ground. There was no indication which newspaper or the date for the article.

    Peorian [Illinois] Among B-29 Crash Dead

    One of the victims of the bomber crash was a Peorian, Sgt Richard Dale Vanderpool, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Vanderpool, 2809 Gale Avenue, El Vista, who was listed as a passenger on the B-29.  He was an Air Force veteran of World War II, reenlisting in 1946 after spending about eight months at his parents' home here. Sergeant Vanderpool was a technical expert on bomb sights, and had served two years in Japan after the end of World War II. He was born at Shelbyville [Illinois], February 27, 1924, son of Clark and Alice Bryson Vanderpool. While in Peoria he was employed by Schelm Bros. of East Peoria. He first entered service in Michigan and had served a total of eight years. Surviving are his parents, one daughter, and three sisters. Funeral services will be held at Shelbyville at a time to be announced.
     
  • Van Voorhis, Capt. Paul Edward - On January 13, 1953, while on a night mission of dropping leaflets over enemy territory, the aircraft ("Stardust Four Zero" #44-62217) was attacked by 12 MiGs. Crew of 14 - Three crew members were killed and eleven were taken prisoner. Van Voorhis is still missing in action.
     
  • Vapenick, Capt. James J. - USAF Strategic Air Command experimental project MX-1018, Project Tip-Tow, an attempt to extend fighter escort for bombers on long-range missions by coupling a pair of Republic F-84s onto bomber wingtips, suffered a setback when EF-84D, 48-641, lost control, rolled upside down, and hit the wing of Boeing ETB-29A-60-BN Superfortress (#44-62093), sending both aircraft down to crash in Peconic Bay, New York, on April 24, 1953. The program was immediately cancelled. The B-29 had five crew members and fatalities.  Captain Vapenick was the pilot.  A World War II and Korean War veteran, he was born January 1, 1925 and is buried in Jefferson Barracks Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri. He was from Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Verrill, A/3c Rodney E. - weather equipment operator, lost at sea when his aircraft, ("Typhoon Goon II" #44-69770) disappeared on the morning of October 26, 1952 on a 14-hour over-water flight to obtain information about Typhoon Wilma.
     
  • Vogt, 1Lt. Leonard Paul - Captain Vogt was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (RB-45 #21749) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On March 29, 1951, while on a combat mission, his aircraft lost two engines over the East China Sea, northwest of Okinawa. His remains were not recovered. Vogt was born August 265, 1921.  His home of record was Baltimore, Maryland.
     
  • Vretis, Lt. James George - crew member of (#44-70151) on Black Tuesday on October 23, 1951.  Crew bailed out in Chinnampo, North Korea area.  MIA.  Vretis was born November 26 1925 and was from Illinois.
     

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  • Wade, SSgt. Charles Clifton - Staff Sergeant Wade was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#42-94072) with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 8, 1950, while returning from a bombing mission over Korea, his aircraft crashed into the East China Sea five miles north of Okinawa, killing eight crew members. His remains were not recovered. Originally from Alabama, he was born on January 13, 1917, son of Dennis Joseph and Claudia R. Smith Wade.
     
  • Wagner, A/3c Donald Joseph - B-29 (#44-87754)  had taken off from Guam on its way to its base near Mountain Home, Idaho when one of the engines failed about 15 minutes after takeoff and the crew turned around to go back to Guam, which is 3,700 miles west of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean. During emergency landing at Andersen AFB, Guam, on December 17, 1953, the plane failed to reach the runway and crashed into an officers housing area at the base, demolishing ten homes and damaging three more.  Nine of the 16 crew members were killed, as were seven on the ground.  A passenger on the aircraft, he was a fatality.  Born on May 21, 1931 in Iowa, he was one of ten children born to Florian M. and Esther M. Koppes Wagner.  He is buried in Mount Olivvet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa.
     
  • Wahlgren, 1Lt. Edward Charles - Captain Wahlgren was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("DYachenko" #44-70151) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On October 23, 1951, while on a bombing mission, MiGs damaged the aircraft and the crew bailed out in the Chinnampo to Inchon area over the Yellow Sea. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. Born Brooklyn, New York, on July 27, 1920, he lived in Valley Stream, New York. He graduated High School in Valley Stream, New York.
     
  • Walker, 1Lt. Jack Earl - First Lieutenant Walker was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Star Duster/Rough Roman" #44-69818). The aircraft was low on fuel and it crash landed on July 7, 1953 during landing approach after returning from a combat mission. There was poor weather at recovery airfields. All 13 crew members were killed in the crash. with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group.  Lieutenant Walker was born January 02, 1930.  His home of address was San Gabriel, California.  He was a 1948 graduate of San Gabriel High School.
     
  • Wallace, 1Lt. Roy Wesley - Lieutenant Wallace was the navigator aboard a B-29 Superfortress Bomber ($44-61747)  that was en route to Hunter AFB when it crashed after takeoff near Praia, Terceira Island, Azores killing five other airmen onboard.  Lieutenant Wallace was from Portland, Oregon.
     
  • Wallan, SSgt. Kenneth P. - Staff Sergeant Wallan was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Hoxie's Hoax" #44-61923) with the 325th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group. On July 13, 1950, while making a bombing run at Oki-Gunto, bombs prematurely exploded and the aircraft crashed near Dogo, Island, Japan. His remains were not recovered. He was born June 25, 1915 in Adams, Oregon.
     
  • Ward, Capt. John Cyrus - His B-29 ("Little Red Ass" RB50G-#47145) 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 the region of Cape Gamor on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. All crew but one (1Lt. John Roche) were lost.
     
  • Webb, Cpl. Edward Arvil - Corporal Webb was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("DYachenko" #44-70151) with the 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On October 23, 1951, while on a bombing mission, MiGs damaged the aircraft and the crew bailed out in the Chinnampo to Inchon area over the Yellow Sea. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. Born on September 15, 1932 in Warner, Oklahoma, he lived in Oktaha, Oklahoma. He graduated from high School in Oktaha in 1947.  He was survived by a daughter Pamela, born November 10, 1950.
     
  • Weeks, Lt. Charles B. - He was a crew member on B-29 (#44-61908) flying out of Okinawa when it went down in the Sea of Japan on February 1, 1952, killing all of its 12-man crew.  The wing of the bomber was struck by another B-29 (#42-65392) in the formation in which it was flying (a training flight), causing the planes to crash ten miles northwest of Kadena AFB, Okinawa.  There were no survivors on #44-61908, but #42-86392 landed safely with no fatalities.
     
  • Weese, 1Lt. Henry Douglas - A member of 581st Air Resupply Squadron, his aircraft ("Stardust Four Zero" #44-62217) was shot down at night on January 13, 1953 while dropping leaflets over enemy territory. He was taken POW and never returned.  He was born September 14, 1924 in Susanville, California.
     
  • West, Cpl. Carl Emmons - Corporal West was a crew member of (#44-70151) on Black Tuesday, October 23, 1951.  The crew bailed out in the Chinnampo, North Korea area and he was missing in action. Corporal West was born November 16, 1932, in Huntington, West Virginia, son of Doy and Gladys West. Carl had a twin sister, Mary Lou. Other siblings included Eleanor and Ray. Carl grew up In Jackson County where his father was a salesman in a hardware store and his mother taught in a one-room schoolhouse.  Carl graduated from Ravenswood High School where he played the snare drum in the band; it was said he loved to wear the uniform so much that he would attend out-of-town performances without informing his family. In 1949, Carl played in the National Future Farmers of America band in Kansas City.  Soon after graduation in 1950, Carl enlisted in the Air Force. He became a tailgunner on B-29s in North Korea. By October 1951, the B-29s were being shot down with regularity by the MiG-15s defending North Korea, and the Air Force began using the B-29s as bait for the MiGs, hoping to lure them into battle where they could be destroyed by F-86 fighters.
     
  • White, 2Lt. Claude Vincett - B-29 (#44-86268) was on a combat mission over North Korea on April 07, 1951. F-84s escorting, when it was damaged by two MiGs.  Two engines went out, the pilot ordered bail out, and the aircraft crashed into the water four miles off NW North Korea. Seven fighter aircraft and three SAR aircraft participated in SAR effort.  Only crewman (2Lt. Charles Shallenberger) was rescued and one crew member became a POW (Pfc. James Lewis Jones).  The rest are still missing in action.  White is MIA.
     
  • White, SSgt. Merle E. - Staff Sergeant White was a crew member of a B- 29A Superfortress Bomber (RB-45 #21749) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On March 29, 1951, while on a combat mission, his aircraft lost two engines over the East China Sea, northwest of Okinawa. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 18, 1951.Sergeant White was born March 10, 1927.  His home of record was Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
     
  • Whitener, Sgt. Joe Bailey Jr. - A crew member of "(Lil' Darlin'" #44-86273), his B-29 crashed into the Yokota Bowling Alley and clothing sales while returning from a bomb mission on October 14, 1951.  "Air Force, Sgt. Joe B. Whitener, 21-year-old San Matean killed Sunday in a B-29 crash in Japan, had been in action in the Korean war since May, his mother, Mrs. C.W. McCormick of 864 Howe St., said today. The young flight engineer on the bomber, which carried eight other crewmen to their deaths when it hit an airport building while attempting a landing in bad weather after returning from a mission in Korea, joined the Air force in 1948, after serving three months in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Before being sent to the Far East, he had served in Germany at the time of the Berlin air attack. Sgt. Whitener, who was born in Spur, Tex., moved to San Franciso with his family in 1947 and to San Mateo two years later. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of San Francisco. He had hoped to return home early next year to marry his fiancee, Miss Billie Roykin, a student at Texas Technological College whom he had known since childhood. His stepfather, C.W. McCormick, a Navy warrant officer, is serving aboard the cruiser U.S.S. Los Angeles in Korean waters. In addition to his mother and stepfather, Sgt. Whitener leaves a sister, Mrs. James T. Lingg of San Francisco and a niece, Brunetta Lingg, also of San Francisco." - Source: The Texas Spur, 1951
     
  • Whitman, SSgt. William H. "Bill" - Staff Sergeant Whitman was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Wrights' Delights - They Chosin Flew" #44-86392) with the 345th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing stationed at Yokota Air Base, Japan. On November 19, 1952, after completing a successful bomb run on Sonchon, North Korea, his aircraft was badly damaged by an enemy MiG. The crew bailed out a half mile north of Cho-do, North Korea. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on November 20, 1953. Born in Logan, West Virginia, on March 06, 1930, he was the only child of Allen and Nawassa Craddock Whitman.  He graduated from Man High School in 1947, attended military school at Lewisburg, West Virginia and then Marshall University at Huntington, West Virginia before joining the Air Force.  His home of record was Man, West Virginia.
     
  • Wiggins, Capt. Lloyd Clayton - His B-29 ("Little Red Ass" RB50G-#47145) 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 the region of Cape Gamor on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. All crew but one (1Lt. John Roche) were lost.
     
  • Wight, Capt. Harry Emmett - B-29 (#44-62078) based out of March AFB, crashed at Prairie Bay, Azores, on December 07, 1951. The plane was on its way home for Christmas when it got caught in tail winds and the plane crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff.  Harry Wight was the pilot.  Born July 12, 1922, he was assigned to the 33rd Bomb Squadron, 22nd Bomb Group.  He was from Pennsylvania.
     
  • Williams, Cpl. Merlyn Keith - He was declared MIA when his B-29 (#44-62083) was lost on a training mission in the Sea of Japan on January 31, 1952. Speculation among others stationed in Okinawa was that bombs aboard the aircraft detonated accidentally en route to their target killing everyone onboard. Born February 05, 1929, his home of record was Verdon, Nebraska.
     
  • Williamson, SSgt. Kenneth Eugene - Technical Sergeant Williamson was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("United Notions" #44-62084) with the 325th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group. On September 9, 1950, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and exploded mid-air near Wolbong-ni. Five parachutes were seen. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on March 31, 1954.  He was the son of Chester C. and Violet M. Williamson.
     
  • Willis, A/1c Ray Oden - His aircraft (#44-27261) crashed on takeoff from Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya on February 2, 1953. The cause of the crash was because an engine that had recently been replaced had a missing piston and the engine didn't have enough power.  All 15 onboard were killed.  Airman Willis was born September 2, 1931, son of Dexter Oden and Marie Munch Willis.  He was with the 3918th Air Police Squadron based in England.  He had been overseas since October 1952.  He was from Norwalk, Virginia.
     
  • Willis, Maj. Robert F. - B-29 aircraft (#44-62279) developed an engine fire in the climb after takeoff.  Steps taken to maintain flight caused the bombs on board to detonate and sever the control wires, and the plane crashed into the China Sea off the coast of Okinawa on October 19, 1950.  He was the son of Carl W. Willis and Leona P. (Crockett) Willis. Robert had been a Field Artillery Sergeant in WWII and then went to fight in the Korean War in the 33rd Bomb Squadron, US Air Force. Robert was killed in action at age 23. He was the husband of Mrs. Agnes W. Willis of Riverside, California.
     
  • Wilson, A/2c Donald Harold - Airman Second Class Wilson was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Lubriating Lady" #44-61751) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing based at Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa. On October 31, 1952, when his aircraft was returning from a mission over Korea and was about 110 miles from Kadena, it developed engine trouble and crashed into the ocean. Eleven crew members were lost. Born July 25, 1933, his home of record was Hillsdale, Illinois.
     
  • Wilson, AMN Donald V. - His aircraft (#44-27261) crashed on takeoff from Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya on February 2, 1953. The cause of the crash was because an engine that had recently been replaced had a missing piston and the engine didn't have enough power.  All 15 onboard were killed.
     
  • Wilson, 1Lt. James Swayne Jr. - Captain Wilson was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Hot Box" #44-69682) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On April 12, 1951, while on a combat mission, the aircraft was attacked by fifteen to twenty MiGs. It exploded and crashed into a mountain near Sinuiju, North Korea. He remains were recovered on December 8, 1993.
     
  • Wilson, 1Lt. Robert Leo - Returning to Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, after a seven-hour training flight, this aircraft (#45-21771) crashed ten miles southwest of Seguin, Texas on January 11, 1951. At 8,000 feet the pilot, Captain Norman A. Bivens, cut off the automatic pilot and began descending through an overcast, flying on instruments. Bivens reported losing all flight instruments and the aircraft became uncontrollable. Six of the crew members were killed, while five others parachuted to safety.  Co-pilot of the plane, Lieutenant Wilson was born December 29 1916 in North Platte, Nebraska.
     
  • Winstead, Capt. Leonard B.  - Attached to the 55th SRS (M) Weather at McClellan AFB, California, his B-29 weather plane (WB-29 #44-87756) crashed on April 05, 1952 as it approached for landing at McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento, California. The crash occurred three miles short of the runway after returning from a 19-hour flight. Winstead, the plane's navigator, was from Hardy, Arkansas.  He was a World War II veteran born March 16, 1920.  He is buried in Walker Cemetery, Hardy, Arkansas.
     
  • Winters, Capt. Melvin Percy - Captain Winters was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Lucky Dog" #44-86370) with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On April 12, 1951, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy MiGs and it was ditched. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 31, 1954. Captain Winters was born February 19, 1925.  His home of record was Tecumseh, Oklahoma.
     
  • Winthrop, Capt. Paul - Aircraft (#44-62078), based out of March AFB, crashed at Prairie Bay, Azores, on December 07, 1951.  The plane was on its way home for Christmas when it got caught in tail winds and crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff.  The men had been in England for three months on a routine training mission. Captain Winthrop was from Riverside, California.
     
  • Wohlgemuth, SSgt. Edward Jerome - Staff Sergeant Wohlgemuth was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (#44-62279) with the 33rd Bomber Squadron, 22nd Bomber Wing. On October 19, 1950, as the aircraft departed Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa on a combat mission, its engine burst into flames on take-off and his aircraft crashed into the sea killing eight crew members. His remains were not recovered.   Sergeant Wohlegmuth was born November 30, 1928 in Syracuse, New York.
     
  • Wojtowicz, M/Sgt. John - Aircraft (#44-62078), based out of March AFB, crashed at Prairie Bay, Azores, on December 07, 1951. The plane was on its way home for Christmas when it got caught in tail winds and crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff. The men had been in England for three months on a routine training mission. Sergeant Wojtowicz, age 33, was from Perris, California.
     
  • Woods, A/2c James Edwin - His B-29 ("Little Red Ass" RB50G-#47145) 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 the region of Cape Gamor on July 29, 1953 while on a secret mission. All crew but one (1Lt. John Roche) were lost.
     
  • Wright, 1Lt. Gene E. - His aircraft ("Dragon Lady" #44-61835) took a hit on the left side of the cockpit on April 12, 1951, killing the pilot and bombardier.  Wright, the pilot, was from Boise, Idaho. Born April 13. 1923, he is buried in Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise, Idaho.
     
  • Wright, A/2c Kenneth Earl -  Airman Second Class Wright was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Star Duster/Rough Roman" #44-69818) with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On July 7, 1953, as the aircraft was returning from a bombing mission, it crashed during the landing approach to Pohang Air Base (K-3). All thirteen airmen were killed. He was known as "Ken."  He was born May 06, 1934.  His home of record was John Day, Oregon.  He is buried in Canyon City Cemetery, Canyon City, Oregon. "On July 07, 1953, Airman 2nd Class Kenneth Wright of John Day was killed in action in Korea. He was 19. Services were held Oct. 12. Wright was the third casualty in the Korean War from Grant County. He was born May 06, 1934, to Dallas Miles and Lottie Wright of John Day. Wright enlisted in the service in December 1951. He was stationed in Texas and was later sent to Topeka, Kan. From there, he was sent overseas. He was survived by his parents and a grandmother, Mrs. Alta Wright of John Day."

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  • Yduate, A/2c Manuel John Jr. -Airman Second Class Yduate was a crew member of a B- 29A Superfortress ("Fujigmo" #44-62166) from the 371st Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group, 307th Bomber Wing. On July 22, 1952, while on a combat mission, his aircraft caught fire northeast of Ocho-o, South Korea and crashed. All thirteen airmen were killed. Born February 04, 1930 in New York, Airman Yduate was the only child of Manuel John and Louise Yduate.  Hs home of record was Nassau, New York.  He is buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.
     
  • Young, Lt. Frederick William - His aircraft (#44-27261) crashed on takeoff from Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya on February 2, 1953. The cause of the crash was because an engine that had recently been replaced had a missing piston and the engine didn't have enough power.  All 15 onboard were killed.  Lieutenant Young was born August 6, 1927.
     
  • Young, Capt. Jules E. - He was co-pilot of RB-45C Tornado reconnaissance bomber (#45-48015) with Reconnaissance Detachment A, 84th Bomber Squadron, U.S. Air Force. On December 4, 1950, while on a reconnaissance mission over the Yalu River, his aircraft was shot down by Russian MiG-15s. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. Captain Young was born June 07, 1921 in New York.
     
  • Yuvan, AMN James A. - His aircraft (#44-27261) crashed on takeoff from Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya on February 2, 1953. The cause of the crash was said to be because an engine that had recently been replaced had a missing piston and the engine didn't have enough power.  All 15 onboard were killed.  Airman Yuvan was born August 27, 1932.  He was from Pennsylvania.

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  • Zellars, SSgt. Elliot - Staff Sergeant Zellars was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Vicious Roomer" #44-62042) with the 345th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing stationed at Yokota Air Base, Japan. On March 28, 1952, while on a combat mission, two if the aircraft's engines caught fire. The order to bail out was given but later rescinded and the plane landed safely. His remains were recovered.
     
  • Ziegler, Cpl. Alfred O. - Corporal Ziegler was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber ("Miss Manukie/Squeeze Play" #44-86415) with the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing. On September 19, 1951, while on a leaflet dropping mission, his aircraft developed engine problems and it was ditched in the Sea of Japan. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on July 29, 1952.  Born May 18, 1927, his home of record was Bronx, New York.
 
 
 
 
 

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