Marty O'Brien's Casualty Book

Appendix II

 

LIST OF AIRMEN TRANSFERRED TO THE USSR

Sources

  1. Associated Press article in the Houston Post, "Russians Confronted Over POWs, "September 27, 1993.
  2. Report, Joint Commission Support Branch, Research and Analysis Division, DPMO, Department of Defense, "The Transfer of U.S. Korean War POWs to the Soviet Union," Appendix B, August 26, 1993. The report does not assess whether any might still be alive.
  3. POW/MIA Issues: Volume 1, The Korean War, pages 161, 166, Paul M. Cole, 1994. 1./
  4. Roster of "Selected Korean Conflict Casualties" referred to in Part I of this booklet.
  5. ABMC roster of 8,177 BNR cases, which includes all 37 names.


Transfers

The following is a list of 37 airmen missing from the Korean War whom the U.S. believes may have been captured and sent to the former Soviet Union:

Source (1) Source (2) Source (3) Source (4) Source (5)
AIRCRAFT AFSN RANK DATE OF CASUALTY REPORT DATE
B-26
Unruh, Halbert C.
6 Bomb Squadron
A02081644 Cpt.** Footnote 2   53-12-31
BNR
B-29
Bergmann, Louis H.
93 Bomb Squadron, 19 Bomb Group
(Name spelled as "Bergman"
in ABMC BNR roster)
17124468 SSgt. **   54-03-31
BNR
Reid, Elbert J., Jr.
26 Bomb Squadron
A14382534 SSgt. **   54-02-28
BNR
         
F-80
Shewmaker, John W.
111 Fighter Bomber Squadron
A0956997 Cpt. **   51-12-31
BNR
F-84
Harker, Charles A., Jr.
311 Fighter Bomb Squadron
A02224102 1Lt. ** 54-05-04
BNR
F-86
Asla, Felix Jr.
336 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
16568A Maj. * 52-08-01 53-12-31
BNR
Barnett, Carl G., Jr.
336 Fighter Inceptor Squadron
A01911070 1Lt. * 51-09-26 53-12-31
BNR
Carey, James D.
336 Fighter Inceptor Squadron
A01910978 1Lt. * 52-03-24 53-12-31
BNR
Cope, Troy G.
335 Fighter Inceptor Squadron
A0711856 Cpt. * 52-09-16 53-11-06
BNR
Cowden, Richard M.
16 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
23625A 1Lt. * 53-03-09 53-03-28
BNR
Crone, William D.
336 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
A0799922 Cpt. * 51-06-18 53-12-31
BNR
Escalle, Jimmy L.
36 Fighter Bomb Squadron
A02225015 1Lt. * 53-06-19 54-06-20
BNR
Fincher, Deltis H.
39 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
A01909714 Maj. * 52-08-22 53-12-31
BNR
Gunther, Charles W
35 Fighter Bomber Squadron
A01909714 Cpt. * 53-06-19 53-07-19
BNR
Hogue, Charles D.
336 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
A02224102 1Lt. * 51-12-13 54-05-04
BNR
Jacobsen, Paul J.
335 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
A02224046 1Lt. * 53-02-12 54-02-28
BNR
Knott, Gerald W.
16 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
A02226324 2Lt. * 53-07-20 53-07-20
BNR
Lafferty, Thomas C.
39 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
A011910118 1Lt. * 52-01-31 52-02-23
BNR
Laier, Robert H.
336 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
(Name spelled as "Lair"
on ABMC BNR roster)
18039A Cpt. * 51-06-19 54-02-28
BNR
Lane, John F.
336 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
A0742970 Cpt. * 52-03-10 53-12-31
BNR
Langston, Jack C.
182 Fighter Bomber Squadron
A01910250 1Lt. * 51-09-02 54-03-31
BNR
Layton, Laurence C.
335 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
A01910250 1Lt. * 51-09-02 54-03-31
BNR
Miller, Frank E. Jr.
51 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
15479A Cpt. * 53-05-27 53-05-27
BNR
Niemann, Robert F.
334 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
Identified in Soviet records;
see Cole, Vol. I, pgs. 161, 166
22287A 1Lt. * 53-04-12 54-04-13
BNR
Page, Lester F.
334 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
A01911676 1Lt. * 51-09-26 53-12-31
BNR
Pratt, Charles W.
334 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
16993A Cpt. * 51-11-08 53-12-31
BNR
Reeves, Thiel M.
25 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
A01910275 1Lt. * 52-01-11 53-12-31
BNR
Reitsma, Donald R.
335 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
A02223703 1Lt. * 52-12-22 53-12-31
BNR
Rhinehart, Charles W.
16 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
A01911442 1Lt. * 52-01-29 54-02-28
BNR
Rudolph, Allan K.
39 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
A02225496 1Lt. * 53-06-19 54-06-20
BNR
Southerland, John E.
35 Fighter Bomber Squadron
A01910800 1Lt. * 53-06-06 54-06-07
BNR
Spath, Charles R.
335 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
A01910283 Cpt. * 52-02-03 54-03-31
BNR
Stauffer, Bill J.
336 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
A02224581 2Lt. * 53-01-26 53-02-01
BNR
Tenney, Albert G.
16 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
(Identified in Soviet records;
see Cole, Vol. I, pgs. 161, 166)
A0803490 Cpt. * 52-05-03 54-02-28
BNR
Turberville, Jack H.
25 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
24278A 2Lt. * 52-11-18 53-12-31
BNR
Wendling, George V.
51 Fighter Interceptor Squadron
 
A0726528 Maj. * 52-03-24 54-02-28
BNR
RB-45C
McDonough, Charles E.
84 Bomb Squadron
A0794558 Maj. ** 50-12-31
BNR


Footnotes

1./ There are three other F-86 pilots who appear in Soviet records and are referred to as "MIA" (according to Cole, Pg. 166). However, their names do not show up in the DoD DIOR casualty roster.

2./ Casualty Status: (1) (*) = currently shown as "MIA" in the 1993 DPMO report and as "Hostile/Died While Missing" in the 1994 DoD DIOR "Selected Korean Conflict Casualties" roster (previously shown as "KIA" in the 1980 KCCF); (2) (**) = currently shown as "Hostile/Died While Missing" in the 1994 DoD DIOR roster (previously shown as "KIA" in the 1980 KCCF).

Interestingly, according to CILHI data, of the 186 Air Force personnel listed in the 1994 list of 389 names (now 388), only four names are listed on the list of 37 names of men who are believed to have been transferred to the USSR (see Chapter II, Section B and Appendix II of this booklet). They are: BERGMANN, Louis H.; HARKER, Charles A., Jr.; LAIER, Robert H., and LAYTON, Laurence C. Also see Appendix 13 to Volume 3 of Cole’s trilogy for "389" list.

Explanation of Columns in Above Roster

Column 1: Type of Aircraft, and unit of assignment
Column 2: Air Force Serial Number
Column 3: Air Force Rank
Column 4: The date the airman disappeared
Column 5: (1) Date reported dead, or presumed date of death; (2) BNR = Body Not Recovered according to ABMC roster.


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