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Air Force Deaths in or near Korea After the Cease Fire

 
The Korean War Educator is trying to account for Air Force deaths in Korea after the cease fire.  To add information to this as yet very sparse page, contact mailto:lynnita@thekwe.org or write Lynnita Brown, 111 E. Houghton Street, Tuscola, IL 61953.  Phone 217-253-4620.

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List of Casualties:

Airman Date of Death Cause of Death
O'Kelley, Capt. Stanley 7/29/1953 Crew member of an RB-50G shot down by MiGs two days after the truce was signed - died of wounds, shock, & exposure to elements in Sea of Japan.  Body recovered.
Wiggins, 1Lt. Lloyd Clayton 7/29/1953 Crew member of an RB-50G shot down by MiGs two days after the truce was signed - MIA
Keith, 1Lt. James Gordon 7/29/1953 Crew member of an RB-50G shot down by MiGs two days after the truce was signed - KIA
Stalnaker, 1Lt. Robert Eldon 7/29/1953 Crew member of an RB-50G shot down by MiGs two days after the truce was signed - MIA
Sanderson, 1Lt. Warren John 7/29/1953 Crew member of an RB-50G shot down by MiGs two days after the truce was signed - MIA
Ward, Capt. John Cyrus 7/29/1953 Crew member of an RB-50G shot down by MiGs two days after the truce was signed - MIA
Tejeda, Maj. Francisco Joseph 7/29/1953 Crew member of an RB-50G shot down by MiGs two days after the truce was signed - MIA
Beyer, 1Lt. Frank Ernest 7/29/1953 Crew member of an RB-50G shot down by MiGs two days after the truce was signed - MIA
Brown, MSgt. Francis Luther 7/29/1953 Crew member of an RB-50G shot down by MiGs two days after the truce was signed - died of injuries, shock, & exposure to elements in Sea of Japan.  Body recovered.
Gabree, SSgt. Donald Wayne 7/29/1953 Crew member of an RB-50G shot down by MiGs two days after the truce was signed - MIA
Goulet, A/1c Roland Edgar 7/29/1953 Crew member of an RB-50G shot down by MiGs two days after the truce was signed - MIA
Woods, A/2c James Edwin 7/29/1953 Crew member of an RB-50G shot down by MiGs two days after the truce was signed - MIA
Russell, A/2c Charles Joseph 7/29/1953 Crew member of an RB-50G shot down by MiGs two days after the truce was signed - MIA
Hill, SSgt. Donald George 7/29/1953 Crew member of an RB-50G shot down by MiGs two days after the truce was signed - MIA
Radelin, A/2c Earl Wilbur Jr. 7/29/1953 Crew member of an RB-50G shot down by MiGs two days after the truce was signed - MIA
Cays, 1Lt. Edmund Joseph 7/29/1953 Crew member of an RB-50G shot down by MiGs two days after the truce was signed - MIA
DuFort, Maj. Charles Richard 2/20/1954 Cause of death unknown by KWE - Medical Corps Service
Connelly, SSgt. Robert E. 4/16/1954 Airplane crash
Curtis, A2c William J. 4/19/1954 Cause of death unknown by KWE - member of 605th Troop Carrier Squadron in Korea.  He was from Illinois.
Anderson, SSgt. Richard A. 5/24/1954 Airplane crash in foothill southwest of Mt. Halla-San on Cheju-do Island, Korea in adverse weather conditions
Blackwood, SSgt. Wiliford K. 5/24/1954 Airplane crash in foothill southwest of Mt. Halla-San on Cheju-do Island, Korea in adverse weather conditions
Ellen, 2Lt. Allen B. 5/24/1954 Airplane crash in foothill southwest of Mt. Halla-San on Cheju-do Island, Korea in adverse weather conditions
Merkett, 2Lt. Eugene D. Jr. 5/24/1954 Airplane crash in foothill southwest of Mt. Halla-San on Cheju-do Island, Korea in adverse weather conditions
Case, 2Lt. Donald Lee 6/11/1954 Second Lieutenant Case was a pilot with the 428th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 474th Fighter Bomber Group. On June 11, 1954, he had completed a target towing mission in a F-84 Thunderjet over Taegu, South Korea and dropped his target when his aircraft crashed into a hill. 
Smith, A1c Howard Lincoln 6/15/1954 Member of Motor Vehicle Squadron - killed in an automobile crash near where he was stationed
Bakre, A1c John Frederick 8/27/1954 Cause of death unknown by KWE
Angulo, 2LT Sigfredo 11/7/1954 He and 10 other crew members of the B-29 known as Tiger Lil (42-94000) bailed out when the plane was shot down by Russian MiGs on November 11, 1954.  The other crew members survived. 
Hood, Airman 2/C Argyl Wilbur Jr. 7/13/1956

See "Further Details" section

Arrowood, TSgt. Palmer D. 9/10/1956

See "Further Details" section

Beisty, A1c John E. 9/10/1956

See "Further Details" section - Palmer Arrowood

Davis, SSgt. Bobby R. 9/10/1956

See "Further Details" section - Palmer Arrowood

Disbrow, Maj. Loren C. 9/10/1956

See "Further Details" section - Palmer Arrowood

Ellis, A1c William H. 9/10/1956

See "Further Details" section - Palmer Arrowood

Fair, A1c Wayne J. 9/10/1956

See "Further Details" section - Palmer Arrowood

Fees, Capt. Rodger Alan 9/10/1956

See "Further Details" section - Palmer Arrowood

Johnson, SSgt. Raymond D. 9/10/1956

See "Further Details" section - Palmer Arrowood

Kobayashi, 1Lt. Richard T. 9/10/1956

See "Further Details" section - Palmer Arrowood

Maxwell, A1c Harry S. Jr. 9/10/1956

See "Further Details" section - Palmer Arrowood

McLaughlin, Capt. William J. 9/10/1956

See "Further Details" section - Palmer Arrowood

Rahaniotes, 2Lt. Peter J. 9/10/1956

See "Further Details" section - Palmer Arrowood

Sloan, A1c Leo J. 9/10/1956

See "Further Details" section - Palmer Arrowood

Swinehart, SSgt. Paul Winston 9/10/1956

See "Further Details" section - Palmer Arrowood

Taylor, Capt. Pat P. 9/10/1956

See "Further Details" section - Palmer Arrowood

Trias, SSgt. Theodorus J. 9/10/1956

See "Further Details" section - Palmer Arrowood

Anderson, Lt. Colonel DeLynn Edward 4/20/1961

Enemy action

Mosenteen, Francis 4/1968 Co-pilot of an F4D USAF Phantom Jet that crashed 9 miles s. of Kwangju, Korea
Weaver, James Lee 4/1968 Pilot of an F4D USAF Phantom Jet that crashed 9 miles s. of Kwangju, Korea
Overstreet, LCDR James Howard 4/15/1969 MIA - See "Further Details" section for mission details & crew list.
Ribar, LTJG Joseph R. 4/15/1969 KIA - body recovered.  See "Further Details" section.
Sweeney, AT1 Richard E. 4/15/1969 KIA - body recovered.  See "Further Details" section.
Dzema, Lt. John 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Gleason, Lt. Dennis B. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Perrottet, Lt. Peter P. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Singer, Lt. John H. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Taylor, Lt. Robert F. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Sykora, LTJG Robert J. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Wilkerson, LTJG Norman E. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Greiner, CPO Laverne A. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
McNamara, CPO Marshall H. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Smith, CPO Richard E. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Chartier, PO1 Steven C. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Colgin, PO1 Bernie J. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Connors, PO1 Bailard F. Jr. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Roach, PO1 James L. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Potts, PO1 John H. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Balderman, PO2 Louis F. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Horrigan, PO2 Dennis J. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Kincaid, PO2 Richard H. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Randall, PO2  Frederick A. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Tesmer, PO2 Stephen J. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Graham, PO2  Gene K. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Willis, PO2 David M. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Ducharme, PO3 Gary R. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Miller, PO3 John A. Jr. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Sundby, PO3 Philip D. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Prindle, AN Richard T. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
Lynch, SSGT Hugh M. 4/15/1969 MIA.  See "Further Details" section.
 

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Further Details (by date of casualty):

Eugene "Gene" Merkett - died 1954


Eugene Merkett and Crew
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He graduated from Nitro High School, Nitro, West Virginia in 1949. He attended the Cincinnati College of Music and Carnegie Tech. He was a skilled musician and played with the Charleston (WV) Symphony Orchestra at the age of 14. He enlisted in the USAF in December 1951 and was commissioned in August 1953. The only known relatives still living are his aunt, Devonna Moore and her daughter Anna and children. They all reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Sigfredo Angulo - died 1954

Born October 13, 1931, in Puerto Rico, 2nd Lieutenant Angulo was the first crew member of a B-29 to bail out after it was shot down on November 7, 1954 by Russian MiGs.  It was reported that he hit a coastal cliff during the bailout and died.  He was from Los Angeles, California.  Sigfredo was the son of Buenaventura and Felicidad Vasquez Angulo.  His siblings were Edilberto David Angulo, William Angulo, Elia Angulo, Nelly Angulo, and Nancy Angulo.

Argyl Wilbur Hood Jr. - died 1956

Born May 5, 1937 in Martins Ferry, Ohio, he was serving with the 6170th Air Base Squadron when he died in Korea.  Airman Hood was the son of Argyl Wilbur Hood Sr. (died 2011) and Elizabeth Besenyodi Hood (Levinson).  His siblings were Vicki Rae Scott (1945-2013), Terry Neil Hood Sr., and Donna Elizabeth Ackerman-Reed. Airman Hood is buried in Copley Cemetery, Copley, Ohio.

Palmer D. Arrowood - MIA 1956

TSgt. Arrowood was one of 16 men who went missing over the Sea of Japan on September 10, 1956.  RB-50G (47133) had just arrived at Yokota Air Base, Japan from Greenville, Texas.  On its first operational COMINT mission, the plane disappeared.  There is speculation as to the cause of the loss of the 16 souls.  One theory is that the plane was on the fringes of Typhoon Emma and was lost due to weather conditions.  Another theory is mechanical failure.  A third theory is that it was shot down by the Russians.  The exact cause of the disappearance remains a mystery.  The following 15 men were also in the plane at the time it was lost: John E. Beisty, Bobby R. Davis, Loren C. Disbrow, William H. Ellis, Wayne J. Fair, Rodger Alan Fees, Raymond D. Johnson, Richard T. Kobayashi, Harry S. Maxwell Jr., William J. McLaughlin, Peter J. Rahaniotes, Leo J. Sloan, Paul Winston Swinehart, Pat P. Taylor, and Theodorus J. Trias.

Delynn Edward Anderson - died  1961


Delynn Edward Anderson
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Born September 29, 1917 in Stearns, Kentucky, he was a member of 6146th Air Advisory Group (ROKAF), 5th Air Force in Korea. On April 20, 1961, he was flying an unarmed F-86 fighter on a training mission, when he strayed over the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and was attacked by two MiGs near Onjin, North Korea. As he tried to land his damaged jet at Yiumann Air Base, it crashed, killing him.  He is buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California.

For his leadership and valor, Lieutenant Colonel Anderson was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, the Citation Ribbon, the Europe and the Pacific Campaign Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Defense Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. 

Lieutenant Colonel Anderson was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Owen Anderson of Stearns (McCreary County), Kentucky.  He graduated from Air Corps Advanced Flying School in 1941.  He was a veteran of World War II.  He became commander of the 77th Fighter Squadron on April 28, 1948.  From April 8, 1951 to July 1952 he was commander of the 123rd Fighter-Inceptor Group, USAF.  He was survived by his wife of Apple Valley, California, two children, and his mother in Louisville, KY.

Crew of VQ-1 EC-121M - What Happened on This Mission

"Although no VQ-1 aircraft were shot down in the hostilities in Southeast Asia [Vietnam War] there were instances of damage to squadron aircraft on the ground during enemy rocket attacks at DaNang. Outside the war zone however, in April 1969, a VQ-1 EC-121M and crew of 30 were lost to hostile fire from North Korean MiG fighters. On 14 April the Super Connie, with LCDR James Howard Overstreet as mission commander, took off from Atsugi and headed northeast for a routine electronic reconnaissance mission off the North Korean coast. The flight plan called for the crew to proceed to a point off Musu Peninsula where they were to fly elliptical orbits, each about l20 miles long.

At 1350, a little less than seven hours after takeoff, a U.S. Air Force tracking station monitoring the flight detected two new blips as a pair of North Korean MiGs rapidly closed on the unarmed VQ-1 aircraft. Although a prearranged message was sent to Overstreet ordering him to abort his mission, as the lumbering EC-121M turned away it was shot down southeast of Chongjin, North Korea, with a loss of all thirty crewmen. Only two bodies were subsequently recovered, those of LTJG Joseph R. Ribar and AT1 Richard E. Sweeney. In addition to Overstreet, Ribar and Sweeney, those lost in the shoot down were: LTs John Dzema, Dennis B. Gleason, Peter P. Perrottet, John H. Singer and Robert F. Taylor; LTJGs Robert J. Sykora and Norman E. Wilkerson; CPOs Laverne A. Greiner, Marshall H. McNamara and Richard E. Smith; PO1s Steven C. Chartier, Bernie J. Colgin, Bailard F. Connors Jr., James L. Roach and John H. Potts; PO2s Louis F. Balderman, Dennis J. Horrigan, Richard H. Kincaid, Frederick A. Randall and Stephen J. Tesmer; PO3s Gene K. Graham, David M. Willis, Gary R. Ducharme, John A. Miller Jr. and Philip D, Sundby; AN Richard T. Prindle and SSGT Hugh M. Lynch. Immediately after the incident President Nixon ordered a halt to reconnaissance missions in the Sea of Japan. The frequency of these missions had been averaging more than 60 per month until this time. President Nixon ordered the electronic reconnaissance resumed three days later, however, but this time with the protection of Task Force 71."

[Source: http://www.vq1.navy.mil/History%20Pages/17_new_home.html]

 
 

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