AFM 200-25   16 January 1961             Korean War POW/MIA Network

Black, Wayne Forest

1st Lt; AO 590031  372d Bomb Sq;
Radar Observer  B-29A;   44-61940

Identifying Data:  Birth Date. 29 May 1927   Race. Caucasian
Eyes: brown; Hair: brown; Height: 5'6y2"; Weight: 134 lbs.

Circumstances of Loss:

1. Reported MIA 23 October 1951.

2. About 0945 hours, 23 October 1951, Lt Black's plane was attacked by MIG-15's after turning from its target, Namsi Airfield. The number-two engine was hit and caught fire. When last seen, the plane was disappearing into the clouds below, but was still under control.

Subsequent Reports:

1. Of the crew of IS, 1 was rescued, remains of 1 were recovered from the Korean Bay, and 5 were captured and repatriated.

2. 1st Lt Fred L. Beissner, Jr., rescued copilot of the plane, reported that attempts to put out the fire were unsuccessful. The plane's commander gave the order to bail out at about 1000 hours. The altitude was about 18,000 feet The bombardier, flight engineer, commander, and himself were the last to jump. All four had dinghies. As he floated down, he saw three parachutes nearby. He was sure that all of the crew had bailed out successfully. There were many planes in the area. He was picked up at 1715 hours by a ship, which anchored at the spot all night. No signals or objects were sighted.

Conclusion:

All of the crew had time to clear the aircraft. The fact that five other crewmen were captured indicates a strong possibility that others were, too.

Personal History:

Birthplace. Murfreesboro, Tenn. Cities of Residence. Milton, Tenn. WWII Service. Zone of Interior.

Wife. (redacted)

Civilian Schools. Lascassas High School, Lascassas, Tenn., 1945; Murfreesboro State Teacher's College, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 1949.

Military Schools. San Antonio, Tex. (OCS, AAF administrative OCS, Nov. 46); Scott AFB, III. (communication officer course, Feb. 48); Randolph Fid, Tex. (basic pilot, Oct 48) ; Williams Fid, Ariz, (advanced pilot, Dec. 48); Ellington AFB, Tex. (navigation, Oct. 50) ; Randolph AFB, Tex. (B-29 combat crew training, Mar. 51).

Previous Occupation. Automobile parts salesman.

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