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NND PROJECT NUMBER: 973075 YEAR DECLASSIFIED: 1997 CLIFFORD L. SNYDER, NATIONAL ARCHIVES DATE COPIED: 6-5-97

Country of Origin                 Report#
 Japan                                 IR 3478-55


AIR INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION REPORT
Area Report Concerns-
Text Box: AF 703569
2/25:42-6
Box 9
60A1047
B357967
Communist China, North Korea
Agency of Origin - 6004th Air Intel Sv Sq
Date of Report:
19 Oct 55     Date of Information: 1 Aug 55
Source of Information: Various Personnel Files and Intel rpts
Preparing Officer John R. Curtis, 1st Lt, USAF  evaluation F-2
Reference   BAIR Part 4, 2E 10.1; FEAF SRI 5-5-5-N

Subject  
USAF Personnel Possibly Alive in Communist Captivity

Summary:

1. This report, prepared by the Escape and Evasion Section, 6004th AISS, is a summary of information collected on USAF personnel "missing in action" during the Korean hostilities.

2. It is emphasized that this report is not, repeat, not "official" in any respect but merely represents the results of screening various casualty files on "missing" USAF personnel and other intelligence reports and materials made available in the theater to this organization.

3. Of the total "missing in action" USAF personnel, this report lists 137 who (may) be alive in communist prison camps. The list does not include "non-battle" missing personnel.

4. This organization has a continuing project concerned with the collection of new, additional, or confirming information about USAF personnel "missing" in the FEAF theater of operation.

Approved:

Signed by Lloyd D. Zunkee(sp), Cap USAF for

FRANK L.DUNN

Colonel, USAF
COMMANDER, 6002D AISG

Distribution by originator

J-2, FEC,1 cy; AA TOKYO, 1 cy; DI FEAF,1 cy; PAF, 1 cy; 5th AF,1 cy; COMNAVFE,1 cy; CAG, 2 cys; G-2 AFFE, 5 cys.

 

AIR INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION REPORT

From: 6004th Air Intel Sv Sq    Report No: IR-3478-55 Page 2 of 44

USAF PERSONNEL POSSIBLY ALIVE IN COMMUNIST CAPTIVITY

TABLE OF CONTENTS:                            Paragraphs

Introduction                                                    1-3
Identification of Categories                            4
USAF Personnel Possibly Alive                       5


INTRODUCTION
: (CONF)

1.This report contains a list of 137 "missing-in-action" USAF personnel from the Korean conflict who may possibly be alive, or many have been alive in communist captivity at one time (see paragraph 5 below). It does not include "non-battle missing" personnel. While the report itself adds no new additional evidence it is believed to be an accurate summary of all available information in this theater, which has been previously submitted to Washington. The list was prepared to establish a basis for further analysis and study of any additional information on detainees that may be received in the future. As previously stated, contained in this report is all pertinent affirmative information that has been available to this project.

2.The names are categorically broken down showing an evaluated disposition of each individual. These evaluations are based on screening of all casualty records available at FEAF and AFFE Headuarters, and analysis of various intelligence reports (as indicated in the basic report), which include interrogation of repatriated prisoners of war. The identifications of remains returned on "Operation Glory" have been tallied from this listing up to and including the 1st of September 1955; no identification of persons named herein has been made.

3.This cannot be considered an official list as it only reflects a summary of records available in this theater, and does not take into consideration current casualty analysis by the Department of Defense, Washington, D.C., or other agencies engaged in such research.


IDENTIFICATION OF CATEGORIES
: (CONF)

4.The categories shown behind each name in para 5 below are identified as follows:

a. Category 1 - Air Force personnel reported as prisoner-of-war by the Chinese communists. (No persons listed in this report bear this category since the return of the 15 communist Chinese detained airmen).

b. Category 2 - Personnel possibly prisoners-of-war based on information which includes names of individuals concerned, from publications, propaganda broadcasts, Little and Big Switch returnee information.

c. Category 3 - Personnel observed on the ground after bail out or crash landing, as indicated in casualty reports; or individuals associated with intelligence reports of communist captured POWs.

d. Category 4 - Personnel observed to bail out or reported by radio intentions to bail out but were not actually observed on the ground, as indicated in casualty reports.

e. Category 5 - Possibility exists that some of these personnel may be prisoners. However, as indicated in casualty reports, the majority in this category may have been killed because of failure to recover individuals bailing out over sea, or lack of time for the entire crew to leave the aircraft prior to crash or explosion. (Primarily B-26 and B-29 crews where several parachutes were seen to leave the aircraft but no definite association to an individual can be made.)

NOTE: Asterisks (*) shown at the front of reports, para 5 below, indicate that the source of the information was not available at this headquarters. The source may possibly be obtained from files at: Director of Military Personnel, Headquarters USAF, Attn: Casualty Branch, Personnel Services Division, Washington 25, D.C.

 

USAF PERSONNEL POSSIBLY ALIVE:

 

5. List of USAF personnel possibly alive in communist countries


ADAMS, John H., 1st Lt, AO 2061322

Category # 2, B-29, (Missing 10 Jun 1952) (From: Intel Sum 3565, 13 Jun 52, Hq FEC, Page 7): CHONGJI AREA (XD 7794), on 10/11 Jun 52, enemy fighter aircraft encountered 4 B-29s on their bombing run and breakaway from the target. Enemy aircraft fired air-to air rockets during each pass. Two B-29s were missing. The crew members of five B-29s observed one B-29, which was hit by rockets, go down in flames over the target area. The other B-29 was not observed but did give its "Bombs Away" call.

(FROM: BOM COM LTR 21 Jun 52, AG #23659, D/I #10280): The aircraft was hit by what appeared to be air-to-air rockets. The aircraft exploded in the air over the target. No parachutes were observed.

(From: Army Inter Rept # 010281, 23 Apr 53, "Little Switch"): Source states that John Adams was pro-Communist in that they went along with Communists Discussions and study periods. They had spoken many times against the American form of government.

 

ADLER, Ernest M., 2nd Lt, AO 2075084

Category #4, B-26, (Missing 15 Oct 51) (From: 5th AF, Cite: INR 587, D/I #35737, AG # 52273, 15 Oct 51): The last contact with the aircraft was by radio at 2138 hours, 14 Oct 51, informing NTPS CONTROL that one engine had been hit. An explosion was observed on the ground, believed to be that of the missing aircraft. 1st Lt. William F. Brown, one of the crew of four, was Returned to Military Control. He reported that all were alerted to bail out, and believes that he was the last to leave the aircraft.

 

AHLERS, John P., CAPT, AO 713987

Category #5, B-26, (Missing 9 Aug 52)

(Retained in active file because both of the other two men on the aircraft were Returned to Military Control.)

(From: 3rd Bom Wg, Cite: 3647 PR, AG #H2510, D/I #20739, 9 Aug 52): At 2327/I, 9 Aug 52, the missing aircraft contacted the ground controller inbound to target area. It's position at the time of the radio contact was: UTM grid (YB 4070). There is no report of later radio contact.

 

AKINS, Larry B., S/Sgt, AF 14283976

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 7 Apr 51)

(From:307 BW, Cite: 307 BWK 0577, 7 Apr 51):

The Aircraft apparently exploded in mid-air without warning at 1040 hours, at coordinates (3905N/12501E). Three or four parachuted from the aircraft. 2nd Lt. Shallenberger was apparently the only survivor, Returned to Military Control. The Officer states that he did not see any of the others who parachuted into the water.

 

ALLEN, Jack V., Capt., 16683A

Category # 2, B-26 (Missing 1 Jul 53)

(From: 3rd Bm Wg Light, Cite: PD 2253 G, 1 Jul 53, AG #0237, D/I 13449): "The incident was caused by an engine on fire. Reason for the engine being on fire is unknown at this time. Three crew members bailed out and have been Returned to Military Control. The search is being continued for Capt. ALLEN. Coordinates unknown.

(From: TWX RDAG 9-26 and RDAG 9-021, Sep 53): Listed in the NIELSEN-HENDERSON list of USAF personnel known to be in Kaesong awaiting repatriation. Other three crew members have been Returned to Military Control.

 

ANDERSON, Robert E., 1st Lt., AO 1911386

Category # 2, F-84, (Missing 21 May 52)

(From: 5th AF, Cite: 1NC 591, 21 May 52, D/I 13747, AG #21171): The flight was flying at 50 to 75 ft altitude when the flight leader observed an explosion at (XD 702902), and believes Lt Anderson flew into small hill. The plane disintegrated upon impact.

(From: AFPMP-12-E-3 704, 15 May 53): Information received from a USAF repatriate indicates that Lt. Anderson is a PW.

 

ANDREWS, Robert B., Capt, AO 813127

Category #2, B-26, (Missing 15 Oct 51)

(From: 5th AF, Cite: INR 587, 15 Oct 51, D/I 35737, AG #53373): The last contact with the aircraft was by radio at 2138 hours, 14 Oct 51, informing NTPS observed that an engine had been hit. An explosion was observed on the ground, believed to be that of missing aircraft. 1st Lt. William F. Brown, one of the crew of four, was Returned to Military Control. He reported that all were alerted to bail out and believed he was the last to leave the aircraft.

 

ARMS, John W., 2nd Lt, AO 2225726

Category #5, T-6 (Missing 5 June 53)

(From: 614th Tac Cont Gp, Cite: TCPL 2814, 5 June 53, AGBO: 2384, D/I 11452): On a tactical recon mission, the aircraft was reported to have crash-landed. Ground observers reported one man captured and one man trying to evade but identification could not be established.

 

ASHLEY, Gilbert L. Jr., 1st Lt, AO 666215

Category #2, B-29A, (Missing 29 Jan 53)

(From: D/I Memo to G-2 AFFE, 17 Feb 53, Subj: Enemy Air Activity): Between 15225/I and 2259/I, two B-29s at 19,000 and 21,260 ft altitude observed what appeared to be a signal at (YC 4010), consisting of three lights placed in a row at an undetermined distance from each other. There was no distinguishable code, but these lights flashing did appear to the crew as if a signal was intended. At 152300/I, another B-29 at 22,700 ft observed what appeared to be dots and dashes flashing at (YB 2393). These appeared to be the same lights as reported by the other two B-29s.

(From: Hq 5th AF, Office of D/I, 7 Aug 53, Subj: Attempted Rescue of Downed Airmen): A rescue was attempted on 24 May 53, using the snatch pick-up procedure. (Green Dragon Rescue Operation). Voice radio (URC-4) was used with 1st Lt. Ashley directing the pilot to the ground station. (The pilot reported that the voice was definitely that of the American who had previously been identified as Lt. Ashley). Upon approaching the pick-up site, the aircraft was fired upon by machine guns, from the pick-up area as well as from the mountain sides, surrounding the area, sustaining damage from small arms fire. Ashley and four crew members, (Turner, Olsen, Shaddick, and Ishida) were known to be alive in communist hands as of the close of the Korean conflict, July 53.

 

AUSTIN, Arthur M., Capt, AO 1289023

Category #4 B-26, (Missing 27 Apr 51)

(From: 5th AF, Cite: INS 452, 28 Apr 51): The aircarft Departed Iwakuni AB at 1804 hours, on a combat mission over Korea and did not return. The last radio contact was at 1920 hours, 26 Apr 51, inbound to the target area.

(From: 500th MISG File No. #010306, 1953): AUSTINM "MAX" appears as a detained PW, possibly in PW Camp # 3, on a list of detained PW.

 

AVERY, Charles T. , T/Sgt   AF 39278136

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 7 Apr 51)

From: 307 BW, Cite: 307 BWK 0577, 7 Apr 51): The air-craft apparently exploded in mid-air without warning at 1040 hours, at coordinates (3905N/12501E). Three or four parachuted from the aircraft. 2nd Lt. Shallenberger was apparently the only survivor, Returned to Military Control. The officer states that he did not see any of the others who parachuted into the water.

 

BEARDALL, Harold M., Capt   AO 779375

Category #2, B-26, (Missing 21 May 51)

(From: 6004th AISS, CR-T-1-J, 8 Aug 53, Subj: Personnel not Released): He has not been seen since Oct 51.

(From: 6004th AISS, CR-T-2-T, 10 Aug 53, Subj: Personnel not Released): He was last seen in Nov. 51. He was held separately from other Air Force PsW and remained at the interrogation point after other PsW were moved to Cp #2.

(From: 6004th AISS, CRI-108G, Subj: Personnel not Released): "His name was given to Source to memorize and turn after prisoner exchange. This name came from Hospital Records (Chinese) of officers being interrogated. Names were observed on walls, in the Village at Camp #2. Hospital information might be inaccurate but names of this type we feel are alive."

(From: 6004th AISS, CRI-127B, Subj: Personnel not Released): Source: "No, I haven't been able to hear of him, haven't seen him since 23 Sep 51. He was tried as a war criminal. Physical description: 5' 7", 150 lbs, dark complexion, black hair, dark eyes."

(From: 6004th AISS, CRI-160E, Subj: Personnel not Released): The Source states that Capt Beardall was last seen by Lt. Knego Capt Hearn (USAF) west of Pyongyang and having a rough go with Korean interrogators. (Date of report, Sep 53; Date of observation, not given).

(From: TWX RDAG 9-26 and RDAG 9-021 Sep 53): Named on the NEILSEN-HENDERSON list of persons observed alive.

 

BELL, Donald E., 1st Lt   AO 814007

Category #2, B-26, (Missing 26 Jan 52)

(From: 3d Bomb Wg, Cite: 93 BG, 25 Jan 52, D/I 02694, AG #03822): F-3 aircraft departed K-8 on a briefed mission to green 8. The aircraft Contacted Dentist inbound to the target at 2350. The last contact was with lightning bug X-ray at 0105, in the area immediately south of Pyongyang.

(*): Friendly aircraft heard Lt Armel (crew member) call by radio at 0105 hours on 26 Jan that the aircraft was then at coordinates (YD 4115). He stated that he was going to attack some lights that had been sighted.

(From: 6004th AISS, Cite: Det #2, 38-3-53, 4 Mar 53, F-3): On 31 Jan 52, 2330 hours, a two-engined aircraft crashed at (XC 809358), near Changyon, North Korea. It was believed that this aircraft was American. The aircraft was completely destroyed. The pilot and crew, consisting of three men, were killed instantly; all that remained was three pistols, one wrist watch, and pieces of army boots. These along with fragments of the aircraft were taken to the Changyon Police Station. The cause of the crash was believed to be engine trouble.

(From: 6004th AISS, CRT-10-EE, Sep 53, Subj: Personnel not Released): He was awaiting repatriation at Kaesong at the time Source was released.

 

BELL, William J., 2nd Lt   22108A

Category #2, B-26, (Missing 7 Oct 52)

(From: 452 Bom Wg, Cite: PRM 128-K, 7 Oct 52, AG #44065, D/I #25128): The missing aircraft was flying as lead bomber of a formation on a light bombing mission. The aircraft was last seen at (CT 0570) when it struck the ground and was completely enveloped in flames. No signs of life were observed, friendly or enemy. No parachutes were observed at anytime prior to the crash. The air-craft was apparently damaged by flak.

(From: TWX RDAG 9-26 and RDAG 9-021, Sep 53): He was listed as awaiting repatriation in Kaesong (Sep 53), on the NEILSEN-HENDERSON LIST.

 

BIGHAM, Donald G., Capt   AO 767469

Category #4, B-29, (Missing 9 Nov 51)

(From: 98th Bomb Wg, 9 Nov 51, Cite: PDG 7303, D/I 38469, AG #56325): The aircraft sustained flak damage while on a combat leaflet mission over Korea. The entire crew bailed out with Capt. Bigham bailing out tenth over Paengnyong-Do at coordinates (?C 6005). Eleven crew members were rescued. Capt Bigham was still missing.

 

BIRD, Robert J., Capt   AO 793217

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 19 Nov 52)

(*): The aircraft was on a combat mission on the Sonchon supply dump, North Korea. As the 3rd flare was dropped, 20 search lights were locked on the B-29. Approximately two minutes later, four bursts of fire were received and hits made on No.2 and No.3 engines, which has to be feathered out, and on the wing between the fuselage and No. 3 engine, causing fire to start. Four parachutes were sighted at different locations inland from Cho-do Island. A flight of F-51s discovered a parachute hanging in a tree in the vicinity of coordinates (SC 7273) about 100 ft inland. Two of the crew members were rescued and the remains of two other crew members were recovered from the sea.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Downed Aircraft Report No. 92): The aircraft was placed under attack by enemy night fighters at Sonchon (XE 6307). An emergency call was sent out at 0100 stating that the aircraft had lost two engines. The aircraft commander bailed out and landed on the island of Cho-do (XC5563), and he stated that he was the last one to leave the aircraft. Parachutes were observed on the ground at (XC 7173), (XC 675506), (XC 665485) and (XC 645660). A white parachute was observed approximately 75 yards from the shoreline at (XC 7172). It appeared to be attached to a ten-man life raft.

 

BOLT, Donald D., 1st Lt   AO 873772

Category #3, F-51, (Missing 2 Oct 50)

(From: Hq USAF AFPMP-12-E-3, NR: AFPMP-12-E-3. Case #44, 3 Jul 51): Location: 39/08N - 125/38E. The air-craft made a forced landing in a rice paddy, approximately eight miles north of Pyongyang, Korea. The pilot was seen to survive the landing. He remained near the aircraft until darkness, waiting for a helicopter which apparently never arrived.

 

BRENNAN, John C., A/3C   AF 11227081

Category #2, B-26, (Missing 14 Nov 52)

(*): The aircraft was on a night interdiction mission over North Korea. The last radio contact was at 0015 hours when the aircraft was given directions for a Tadpole mission. Radar and VHF contact was normal until 0032 hours when the aircraft faded from the scope at coordinates (BT 6563). Fire was reported on the ground at (BT 6563) but it could not be identified as one caused by a downed aircraft.

(From: 6004th AISS, RPW Rpt. No. 4554, Part I, Phase III): The pilot of the B-26 was Returned to Military Control and stated that he felt his crew was still alive because in some instances he saw evidence of pieces of E & E equipment characteristic of his own crew. Source's interrogator had knowledge of missions performed and other operations that could only be gained through interrogation of other crew members.

(From: TWX RDAG 9-26 and TWX 9-021, Sept 53): He was listed as awaiting repatriation in Kaesong (Sep 53), on the NEILSEN-HENDERSON list.

 

BUCKNER, John L., 1st Lt  AO 831352

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 7 Apr 51)

(From: 307 BW, Cite: 307 BWK 0577, 7 Apr 51): The aircraft apparently exploded in mid-air without warning at 1040 hours, at coordinates (3905N/12501E). Three or four parachuted from the aircraft. 2nd Lt. Shallenberger was apparently the only survivor, Returned to Military Control. The officer states that he did not see any of the others who parachuted into the water.

 

BURRELL, Jackson A., Capt   AO 2081396

Category #5, B-26, (Missing 6 Jun 52)

(From: 5th Air Force, Cite: INC 673, AG #23961, D/I #15247, 7 Jun 52): At the last contact, the aircraft was on fire at coordinates (XD 6050). The crew was believed to have bailed out.

 

BURTON, Woodrow, Capt    AO 210608

Category #3, F-51, (Missing 2 Oct 50)

(From: FEAF Combat Operation Center, Tel Rpt): The air-craft was hit by enemy fire over Tongyong-ni. The pilot bailed out and landed safely approximately 1 1/2 miles NE of Pyongyang, Korea, (3904N/12556E). The wing man circled the area for approximately ten minutes. Six North Korean Army men dressed in white, were seen to surround the pilot. The pilot waved to the wingman, indicating he was alright. No resistance by the pilot to the Koreans and no hostile acts on the part of the Koreans were observed. It was believed that the officer was taken prisoner.

 

BUSHROE, Sterling J., 1st Lt    AO 1911963

Category #4, F-80C, (Missing 11 Sep 51)

(From: 8th Ftr-Bmr Wg, FBW 1 1935D, 11 Sep 51): As the flight was pulling off the target, they were attacked by a flight of four MIGs. Lt Bushroe's aircraft was hit on the first pass and he was observed by the number three man to bail out. The flight was unable to locate him after he landed. The approximate coordinates are (3907N/12553E).

(From: Det #2, 6004th AISS, 306-7-52, 17 Jul 52, F-3): The source observed one UN pilot in a cave at (YD 240003). This pilot crashed near (YD 385220) during the early part of Sep 51 and lived in this cave for 23 days, with two friendly North Korean civilians. The pilot said that he could not stand the air in the cave any longer and that he was going to leave. He left the cave and was captured by CCF personnel. The pilot was taken to an unknown location in Pyongyang.

 

CAVE, James A., A/2C    AF 13411410

Category #5, B-26, (Missing 6 Jun 52)

(From: 5th Air Force, Cite: INC 673, AG #23961, D/I #15247, 7 Jun 52): At the last contact, the aircraft was on fire coordinates (XD 6050). The crew ws believed to have bailed out.

 

CHERRY, Clarance M., S/Sgt   AF 19201403

Category #3, B-29, (Missing 9 Sep 50)

(*): The aircraft wad damaged by enemy flak and crashed approximately 23 miles north of Pyongyang. Five parachutes were reported to have left the aircraft and landed on the ground at approximate coordinates (3926N/12544E).

A report reveals that in Nov 50, the wreckage of the B-29 was located in the same general area where it had previously been reported last. Interrogation of local residents and careful investigation by GRS resulted in the recovery of what was believed to be the remains of five crew members of the aircraft. Of this number three of the bodies were found by the site of the crash and another near Pyongyang. No positive identification could be made and a group burial was made. Burial Site: Pyongyang cemetery, Plot 1, Row 7, Grave 15.

(From: ATIS Rpt KT 1761, Date Unk. 1950): Information from a North Korean army POW stated that he witnessed the crash and that some POWs were taken. Later information from natives was as follows: "Two crew members were taken to a civilian hospital. One was dead on arrival, the other was taken from the hospital by North Korean forces. He used the name of Jerry or Cherry."

 

CLOVER, Melvin E., 1st Lt   AO 1858509

Category #4, F-84, (Missing 14 Oct 52)

(*): Lt Clover was on an interdiction mission at coordinates (CU 322673). Upon pulling off target, his air-craft had a flameout. Attempted air starts were unsatisfactory and the pilot elected to eject himself from the aircraft. The canopy of his aircraft was seen to come off and his last radio transmission was, "Well, here I go, this is a fine birthday present." He was not definitely seen to eject before the aircraft crashed, wings level, at a 20 degree angle at (CU 480620).

 

COGSWELL, Robert W., Capt   11889A

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 23 Oct 51)

(FROM: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWK 2943 and 2931, AG #53591 and 53756, D/I #36728 and 36850, 25 Oct 51): The air-craft was flying in formation after bombs away at (3955N/12412E) at aproximately 0500 hours, 23 Oct 51, when fire developed in the left wing at No.2 engine as a result of damages inflicted by enemy fighter gunfire. The aircraft was last seen approximately five minutes later descending and still burning, headed southwest toward the Yellow Sea, apparently under control.

 

COLLINS, Joseph S., Capt  AO 807154

Category #5, B-26, (Missing 2 Sep 51)

(From: 3rd Bm Wg, Cite: 1340 3 BG, 2 Sep 51): The last known contact was when the pilot gave a position report going into the target area. At 0248 hours, skillful 14 reported a spiral descending ball of fire that exploded and burned on contact with the ground. At the same time the pilot observed one descending parachute.

 

CROFT, George Jr., 1st Lt   AO 2080513

Category #3, F-84E, (Missing 14 Apr 52)

(From: 136 Ftr-Bmr Wg, Cite: FBW 91K, 14 Apr 52): The target was a railroad bridge at (YC 4026). No one in the flight actually saw the pilot crash, but an explosion was observed at (YC 401270). A parachute was observed extended on the ground approximately 50 yards ahead of the aircraft. The aircraft was completely destroyed.

 

CROSLEY, Robert M., 1st Lt   AO 2223682

Category #4, F-80, (Missing 5 Feb 53)

(From: 8th Ftr Wg, Cite: FBWD 354 B, AO#B 1265, D/I 02612, 5 Feb 53): Lt Crosley was on a single aircraft mission. Upon pulling off the target, he established radio contact with ground control and requested a steer and stated that he had been hit. At approximately 0539 hours, he stated that he had sighted a friendly island and was going to lose some altitude prior to bailing out. Approximately one minute later he was heard to say, "I am leaving now."

 

CRUTCHFIELD, James F., Major  AO 736133

Category #3, F-80, (Missing 23 Jul 52)

(From: 5th AF, Cite: INC 909, AO 31686, D/I #19331, 24 Jul 52, and From: 8th Ftr Wg, Cite: F8WD 1445G, AG #31797, D/I #19365, 24 Jul 52): The pilot of the air-craft bailed out and was observed to strike the ground apparently uninjured at (3905N/12729E). The pilot was observed rolling up his parachute and walking from the area.

(AIIR Det #2, 6004th AISS Report No. 316-8-52): At 1400 hours 26 Jul 52, UN jet aircraft attacked an enemy gun position consisting of four AA guns at (CU 675209). One of the aircraft was hit by gunfire and crashed at (CU 689280). The pilot bailed out and struck the ground at (CU 671220) and was found dead. A radio was found on his person and confiscated. It was believed that the pilot took poison.

(From: FRU/FEC 8809, 14 Nov 52, C-3, J-1251, (CU 692260), Death of a United States Pilot): On 23 Jul 52, a US aircraft, shot down by the Independent Anti-Air-craft Battalion, 3rd Div., crashed at (CU 692260), north of Suryo-ri (6925). The pilot parachuted to the ground near the plane and was captured by North Korean Troops from the 19th Anti-Aircraft Regiment. The pilot was taken to the Headquarters of the Regiment and turned over to an officer and three privates from the Independent Anti-Aircraft Battalion to be taken to Battalion Hq. On the way the pilot died. He was buried at (CU 677221), southwest of Suryo-ri.

 

DAVIS, Ramon R., 1st Lt   AO 767144

Category #3, F-51, (Missing 5 Oct. 50)

(From: Hq USAF AFPMP-12E-3, Case #49, 6 Oct 50): The aircraft was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire while on a reconnaissance mission, at approximately (3910N/12558E). The pilot headed south until his engine failed, and then bellied in along the Taedone River. The pilot got out of the aircraft and started walking east, toward some hills.

 

DeGOLYER, David E., Sgt   AF 14274112

Category #5, B-29 (Missing 7 Apr 51)

(From: 307 BW, Cite: 307 BWK 0577, dtd 7 Apr 51): The aircraft apparently exploded in mid-air without warning at 1040 hours, at coordinates (3905N/12501E). Three or four parachuted from the aircraft. 2nd Lt. Shallenberger was apparently the only survivor, Returned to Military Control. The officer states that he did not see any of the others who parachuted into the water.

 

DENN, Willard M., A/2C   AF 16329167

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 28 Feb 52)

(*): The aircraft experienced mechanical difficulty over North Korea. Seven crew members were Returned to Military Control, one was killed by enemy fire while attempting to return to friendly lines, and the fate of the other four is still undetermined.

(Of the four `undetermined', referenced above, one was Returned to Military Control, one is dead, and the remaining two are listed in this report. A/2C Denn and 1st Lt Nelson).

 

DIFFER, Patrick M., M/Sgt   AF 13021311

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 30 Dec 52)

(Retained in active file because five members of the crew have been Returned to Military Control. One member of the crew was KIA.)

(From: 28th Bomb Sq., 19th Bomb Gp., Cite: 19th BG 4438, 28th Bomb Sq, AG #L 8264, D/I # 31049, 30 Dec 52): The aircraft took off at 1627 hours from Kadena Air Base for a combat missiong over North Korea. The aircrafts were attacked by enemy aircraft and crashed approximately ten miles northeast of Pyongyong, (YD 4537). The number of survivors, if any, was unknown.

(From: FEAF Bom Com, Cite: BC 5116, AG #00879, D/I #00415, 6 Jan 53): The subject aircraft was observed under fighter attack just prior to bombs away. Information gathered from radio contact, indicates that the aircraft sustained major damage after turn off target at 2130/I. One engine was out and the No 4 engine was on fire. At approximately 2141/I, several crew members were seen to bail out, (the exact number was unknown), as reported by an escorting F-3D. The aircraft crashed and burned.

 

DOUGHERTY, Joseph S. , S/Sgt   AF 13041845

Category #2, B-29, (Missing 23 Oct 51)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWK 2930, AG #53752, D/I #36729, 24 Oct 51): The aircraft was leading a formation of three aircraft at the coordinates (3953N/12534E). At approximately 0040 Z, the aircraft was damaged by enemy fighter gunfire. Several parachutes were observed to open prior to its exploding in mid-air.(From: TWX RDAG 9-26 and RDAG 9-021, Sep 53): Listed in the NIELSEN-HENDERSON list of USAF personnel known to be in Kaesong awaiting repatriation.

 

DUER, Victor L. , Capt  AO 753626

Category #4, F-80, (Missing 30 Apr 52)

(*): On his way to the home base, Capt DUER radioed that his cockpit was on fire and that he was bailing out. No member of his flight observed a parachute. Wreckage of the aircraft has been located at (3735N/12615E). No sign of the pilot, parachute or emergen- cy equipment were found in the cockpit of the plane.

 

DUNCAN, James H., S/Sgt  AF 14011683

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 9 Sep 50)

(*): The aircraft was damaged by enemy flak and crashed approximately 23 miles north of Pyongyang. Five parachutes were reported to have left the air-craft and landed on the ground at approximate coordinates of (3926N/12544E). A report reveals that in Nov. 50, the wreckage of the B-29 was located in the same general area where it had previously been reported last. Interrogation of local residents and careful investigation by GRS resulted in the recovery of what was believed to be the remains of five crew members of the aircraft. Of this number, three of the bodies were found by the cite of the crash adn another near Pyongyang. No positive identification could be made and a group burial was made. Burial cite: Pyongyang cemetery, Plot 1, Row 7, Grave 15.

 

EICHELBERGER, George D., 1st Lt   20178A

Category#2, F-51 (Missing 15 Jan 52)

(From: AFPMP-12-E-3, 704 Missing, 15 May 53): Information from a repatriate indicated that Lt. EICHELBERGER was a POW.

 

EVANS, Emmett, O., 1st Lt   AO 2060489

Category #5, B-29 (Missing 8 Nov 52)

(Retained in active file because three members of the twelve man crew have been Returned to Military Control.)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWKOOA 5389, AG #49274,D/I #27270, 8 Nov 52): The aircraft departed Kadena AB, Okinawa, at 2152 hours, 7 Nov 52, on a mission to bomb a target described as a Military Staff School at Nong Pung Ni. The last transmitted position report was at 0040/I, 8 Nov 52, at (3403N/12505E). No sightings have been made.

 

FERREE, Nolan H. 1st Lt  AO 2222141

Category #5, F-84, (Missing 13 Feb 52)

(From: 5th AF, Cite: INC 178, AG #06691, D/I #04771, 14 Feb 52): Lt FERREE was flying A2 position in a four ship flight of F-84 aircraft to attack rails. They were reforming for return when A2 reported that he had fuel shortage. The pilot proceeded south escorted by A3. A2 soon lost sight of A3. Lt FERREE called out that his RPM was dropping and then reported that his engine quit. A2 reported that he was at 7,000 ft and would abandon his aircraft at 5,000 ft. This was the last radio contact. A1 arrived in the area and observed the aircraft wreckage from ((BT 924444) to (BT920444). No sign of the pilot or parachute was observed. It is believed that the pilot bailed out since his seat was separated from the rest of the aircraft.

 

FLEMING, James W. Jr., 1st Lt   AO 780156

Category #5, B-29 (Missing 8 Nov 52)

(Retained in active file because three members of the twelve man crew had been Returned to Military Control.)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWKOOA 5389, AG #49274, D/I #27270, 8 Nov 52): The aircraft departed Kadena AB, Okinawa, at 2152 hours, 7 Nov 52, on a mission to bomb a target described as a Military Staff School at Nong Pung Ni. The last transmitted position report was at 0040/I, 8 Nov 52, at (3403N/22505E). No sightings have been made.

 

FOSTER, Robert R., 1st Lt   AO 550110

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 30 Dec 52)

(Retained in active file because five members of the crew have been Returned to Military Control. One member of the crew was Killed in Action).

(From: 28th Bomb Sq., 19th Bomb Gp. Cite: 19th BG 4438, 28th Bomb Sq., AG #L 8264, D/I #31049, 30 Dec 52): The aircraft was observed under fighter attack just prior to bombs away. Information gathered from radio contact, indicates that the aircraft sustained major damage after turn off target at 2130/I. One engine was out and the No. 4 engine was on fire. At approximately 2142/I, several crew members were seen to bail out, (the exact number is unknown), as reported by an escorting F-3D. The aircraft crashed and burned.

 

FUEHER, Alois A., A/1C   AF 13223572

Category #4, B-29, (Missing 23 Oct. 51)

(Retained in active file because five members of the crew were Returned to Military Control on Big Switch. Two members of the crew were Killed in Action.)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWK 2943 and 2931, AG #53591 and 53756, D/I #36728 and 36850, 25 Oct 51, when fire developed in the left wing at No. 2 engine as a result of damages inflicted by enemy fighter gunfire. The aircraft was last seen approximately five minutes later descending and still burning, headed southwest toward the Yellow Sea, apparently under control.

 

GAHAN, John W. , A/1C   AF 15380313

Category #2, Ground Casualty, (Missing 30 Nov)

1050) (From: 502nd Tac Con Gp., NR: CK 502 602, dated 2 Dec 50): The airman was last seen leaving KUNURI on foot. He has not been reported seen since.

(From: TXE DE JEP Hq 145C): He was reported to be a POW by communist Propaganda (China Monthly Review, May 1951).

 

GARRISON, Fred H., Capt.   AO 791811

Category #5, B-29 (Missing 8 Nov 52)

(Retained in active file because three members of the twelve man crew have been Returned to Military Control).

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWKOOA 53898, AG #49274, D/I #27270, 8 Nov 52): The aircraft departed Kadena AB, Okinawa, at 2152 hours, 7 Nov 52, on a mission to bomb a target described as a Military Staff School at Nong Pung Ni. The last transmitted position report was at 0040/I, 8 Nov 52, at (3403N/12505E). No sightings have been made.

 

GIBB, Robert D., Capt.   13053A

Category #3, F-84, (Missing 16 Dec 51)

(*): The aircraft was on an interdiction mission in the area of Yang Dok, Korea. When the flight reformed after its second run over the target, at coordinates (C? 1255), Capt. GIBB did not join up. Interrogation of a captured North Korean soldier indicated that on 27 Dec 51, three American pilots were captured. This report was associated with Capt. GIBB.

 

GONTESKI, John S., A/2C   AF 13316146

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 7 Apr 51)

(From: 307 BW, Cite: 307 BWK 0577, dtd 7 Apr 51): The aircraft apparently exploded in mid-air without warning at 1040 hours, at coordinates (3905N/12501E). Three or four parachuted from the aircraft. 2nd Lt Shallenberger was apparently the only survivor, Returned to Military Control. The officer states that he did not see any of the others who parachuted into the water.

 

GROSS, Robert F, T/Sgt  AF 14226221

Category #2, C-47, (Missing 30 Apr 51)

(From: 374th TCW, NR: PER 3/5569 A, dtd 1 May 51): The aircraft took off at 0937 hours fro an area North of Wonsan, Korea on a bomb line extending to the East Coast. It was presumably lost on the Seoul-Wonsan Highway,

(*): The aircraft departed K-37 at 0937 hours, 30 Apr 51, on a tactical mission which directed that leaflets be dropped on targets of opportunity in a broad area behind enemy lines. At approximately 1300 hours, the Navy reported having received a frantic "May Day" message from an unidentified aircraft; however, they were unable to plot its position. The Navy estimated that an aircraft was somewhere in an area approximately 50 miles south of Wonsan, which was presumed to be the C-47,

(From: TWX RDAG 9-26 and RDAG 9-021, Sep 53): Listed in the NIELSEN-HENDERSON list of USAF personnel known to be in Ka?song awaiting repatraition.)

 

GUTHRIE, Edward S., 1st Lt  22193A

Category #2, B-26, (Missing 14 Nov 52)

(*): The aircraft was on a night interdiction mission over North Korea. The last radio contact was at 0015 hours when the aircraft was given directions for a Tad-pole mission. Radar and VHF contact was normal until 0032 hours when the aircraft faded from the scope at coordinates (BT 6563). Fire was reported on the ground at (BT 6563) but it could not be identified as one caused by a downed aircraft.

(From: 6004th AISS, RPW Rpt. No. 4554, Part I, Phase III 12 Sept 53): The pilot of the B-26 was Returned to Military Control and stated that he felt his crew was still alive because in some instances he saw evidence of pieces of E&E equipment characteristic of his own crew. Source's interrogator had knowledge of missions performed and other operations that could only be gained through interrogation of other crew members. The interrogators apparently had captured Guthrie, inasmuch as this man was an Annapolis Graduate and many of the questions put to Source were about the Naval Academy.

(From: TWX RDAG 9-26 and RDAG 9-021, Sep 53): He was listed as awaiting repatriation in Kaesong (Sep 53), on the NEILSEN-HENDERSON list.

 

HAMBLIN, Robert W., T/Sgt   AF 12127986

Category #2, B-29, (Missing 23 Oct 51)

(From: 307 Bm, Wg, Cite: 307 BWK 2930, AG #53572, D/I #36729, 24 Oct 51): The aircraft was leading a formation of three aircraft at the coordinates (3953N/12534E). At approximately 0040/Z, the aircraft was damaged by enemy fighter gunfire. Several parachutes were observed to open prior to its exploding in mid-air.

(From: TWX RDAG 9-26 and RDAG 9-021, Sep 53): Listed in the NEILSEN-HENDERSON list of USAF personnel known to be in Kaesong awaiting repatriation.

 

HAMMON, Keith E., T/Sgt   AF 15230651

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 8 Nov 52)

(Retained in active file because three members of the 12 man crew have been returned to Military Control.)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWKOOA 5389, AG #49274, D/I #27270, 8 Nov 52): The aircraft departed Kadena AB, Okinawa, at 21152 hours, 7 Nov 52, on a mission to bomb a target described as a Military Staff School at Nong Pung Ni. The last transmitted position report was at 0040/I, 8 Nov 52, at (3403N/12505E). No sightings have been made.

 

HARRELL, Guy B. Jr.,Capt   AO 391377

Category #4, B-26, (Missing 25 Nov 51)

(*): The last contact with the aircraft was a transmission outbound fgrom the target area at 0507 hours. An order to bail out was heard at 0515 hours from an aircraft at approximately 12,000 ft in the vicinity of (CT 4000) to (CT 4080), believed to be the missing aircraft. Crew members were seen bail out behind enemy lines at approximate coordinates (CT, 3842) by an ROK officer, who believed' that they bailed out of a B-26.

 

HASKETT, William T. Jr., Capt   AO 790664

Category #2, F-51, (Missing 14 Apr 51)

(From: 18th Ftr Bm Gp, NR: 18th Ftr Bm Gp 4C-42, dated 15 Apr 51): The aircraft was hit in the coolant. The pilot bailed out at (BT 5775). He picked up his parachute and ran into the woods and fired one flare. He was not seen again. The area was covered by fighters until dark. The helicopter arrived but HASKETT was not there..

 

HAWKINS, Luther R. Jr., Capt   AO 812589

Category #2, B-26, (Missing 24 May 52)

(Retained in active file because three members of the five man crew have been Returned to Military Control. One member of the crew was Killed in Action.)

(From: 3rd Bm Wg, Cite: 457-3 BG, AG#21588, D/I #13971. 23 May 52): The aircraft departed K-8 on a briefed mission to PURPLE 4 West. The last contact was made with DENTIST 2035, inbound to the target area. A check of Japan and Korean Air Fields has been made with negative results.

(From: MISC CAS Rpt., Lt. Earp Jones, 2 Sq, SAAF, Repat., dtd Sep 53): "He was held in camp #2 complex as of May 53."

(From: TWX RDAG 9-26 and RDAG 9-021, Sep 53): Listed in the Neilsen-Henderson list of USAF personnel known to be alive in Kaesong awaiting repatriation.

 

KEER, David T., 2nd Lt   AO 2223002

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 30 Dec 52)

(Retained in active file because five members of the crew have been Returned to Military Control. One member of the crew was Killed In Action.)

(From: 28th Bomb Sq., Cite: 19th BG 4438, 28th Bm Sq., AG #L 8264, D/I #31049, 30 Dec 52): The aircraft took off at 1627 hours from Kadena Air Base for a combat mission over North Korea. The aircraft was attacked by enemy air-craft and crashed approximately ten miles northeast of Pyongyang, (YD 4537). The number of survivors, if any, was unknown.

(From: FEAF Bom Com, Cite: BC 5116, AG #00879, D/I #00415, 6 Jan 53): The subject aircraft was observed under fighter attack just before bombs away. Information gathered from radio contact, indicates that the aircraft sustained major damage after turn off target at 2130/I. One engine was out and the No. 4 engine was on fire. At approximately 2142/I, several crew members were seen to bail out, (the exact number was unknown), as reported by an escorting F-3D. The aircraft crashed and burned.

 

HENRY, Dewey R., 1st Lt   AO 927982

Category #2, B-29, (Missing 29 Jan 53)

 (Retained in active file because three members of the fourteen man crew were Returned to Military Control. One member was Killed In Actionl. Five other members of the crew were known to be alive in communist hands at the close of the Korean conflict, Jul 53; Green Dragon Rescue Operation).

(From: 28th Bm Sq, 19th Bm Gp, Cite: 19th Bm Gp, 5059, 28th Bm Sq, AG #A 7502, D/I #02106, did 30 Jan 53): The aircraft took off at 2000/I from Kadena AB for a combat mission over North Korea. The aircraft was observed under attack by enemy fighters, firing rockets. A "May Day" call was given at 0026/I and the aircraft was seen to explode in mid-air at 0029/I. Four parachutes were seen open by the light of the explosion, approximately 18 miles east of Sariwon. The number of survivors, if any, was unknown.

(From: SAC Survival Trands, Issue #9, Jun 53, a repatriated crewman:) "I told him about my crew members in the hope that he might know something about them. He didn't, and the only member of my crew I ever heard anything about after that was Lt HENRY, the navigator. One of the fellows I was repatriated with told me about meeting Lt HENRY and that he was doing fine."

 

HOULT, Arthur W., S/Sgt   AF 6953553

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 9 Sep 50)

(*): The aircraft was damaged by enemy flak and crashed approximately 23 miles north of Pyongyang. Five parachutes were reported to have left the aircraft and landed on the ground at approximate coordinates (3926N/12544E). A report reveals that in Nov 50, the wreckage of the B-29 was located in the same general area where it had previously been reported last. Interrogation of local residents and careful investigation by GRS resulted in the recovery of what was believed to be the remains of five crew members of the aircraft. Of this number three of the bodies were found by the site of the crash and another near Pyongyang. No positive identification could be made and a group burial was made. Burial site: Pyongyang cemetery, Plot 1, Row 7, Grave 15.

 

HOWARD, Melvin J., Capt   AO 729010

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 7 Apr 51)

(From: 307 BW, Cite: 307 BWK 0577, dtd 7 Apr 51): The aircraft apparently exploded in mid-air without warning at 1040 hours, at coordinates (3905N/12501E). Three or four parachuted from the aircraft. 2nd Lt Shallenberger was apparently the only survivor, Returned to Military Control. The officer states that he did not see any of the others who parachuted into the water.

 

HOWELL, Howard D., Capt    15402A

Category #3, T-6, (Missing 12 Jul 51)

 (From: 6147th Tac Con Gp, NR: TCPL 381, 12 Jul 51): The aircraft failed to return from a tactical recon-mission. The aircraft was last reported by Chester control at 1030 hours on reconnaissance at (DT 2355). The aircraft was scheduled to land at 1200 hours.

(From: 5th AF, Cite: INS 224, 22 Jul 51): The aircraft wreckage was found at (3819N/12809E). A search revealed the burned aircraft, but there were no parachutes or bodies. The disposition of the crew was unknown.

(From: ATIS Rpt. #KT 1136, 1C Aug 51): On or about 11 Jul 51, Source heard from other soldiers that two US pilots who had bailed out of a damaged aircraft had been captured 2 km north of Kachilbong, (DT 2141).

 

 

HYATT, Don, Capt   AO 6944199

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 9 Sep 50)

(*): The aircraft was damaged by enemy flak and crashed approximately 23 miles north of Pyongyang. Five parachutes were reported to have left the aircraft and landed on the ground at approximate coordinates (3926N/12544E). A report reveals that in Nov 50, the wreckage of the B-29 was located in the same general area where it had previously been reported last. Interrogation of local residents and careful investigation by GRS resulted in the recovery of what is believed to be the remains of five crew members of the aircraft. Of this number three of the bodies were found by the site of the crash and another near Pyongyang. No positive identification could be made and a group burial was made. Burial Site: Pyongyang cemetery, Plot 1, Row 7, Grave 15.

 

ISHIDA, Hidemaro, A/2C   AF 19415365

Category #2, B-29A, (Missing 29 Jan 53)

(From: D/I Memo to G-2 AFFE, 17 Feb 53, Subj: Enemy Air Activity): Between 15225/I and 2259/I, two B-29s at 19,000 and 21,260 ft altitude observed what appeared to be a signal at (TC 4010), consisting of three lights placed in a row at an undetermined distance from each other. There was no distinguishable code, but these lights flashing did appear to the crew as if a signal was intended. At 152300/I, another B-29 at 22,700 ft observed what appeared to be dots and dashes flashing at (YB 2393). These appeared to be the same lights as reported by the other two B-29s.

(From: Hq 5th AF, Office of D/I, 7 Aug 53, Subj: Attempted Rescue of Downed Airmen): A rescue was attempted on 24 May 53, using the snatch pick-up procedure (Green Dragon Rescue Operation). Voice radio (URC-4) was used with 1st Lt. Ashley directing the pilot to the ground station. (The pilot reported that the voice was definitely that of the American who had previously been identified as Lt. Ashley). Upon approaching the pick-up site, the aircraft was fired upon by machine guns, from the pick-up area as well as from the mountain sides surrounding the area, sustaining damage from small arms fire, Ashley and four crew members, (Turner, Olsen, Shaddick, and Ishida) were known to be alive in communist hands at the close of the Korean conflict, Jul 53.

 

JACOBS, Harrison C., 1st Lt   AO 19909723

Category #4, F-80C, (Missing 27 Dec 50)

(From: 5th AF, NR: KO-INT-513, 28 Dec 50): The aircraft was on a rocket pass on na traget in Kwaksan. Two unidentified aircraft made passes. The pilot reported that he was hit and was bailing out at approximate coordinates (XD 8070).

 

JACOBSON, Paul, J., 1st Lt, AO 2224046

Category #2, F-86, (Missing 12 Feb 53)

(From: 4th Ftr Wg, Cite: P 105 (4 FW), AG #B 3105, D/I #03144, 12 Feb 53 and From: 5th AF, Cite: INC 31072, AG #07299, D/I #03201, 13 Feb 53): The aircraft was on a combat mission over North Korea. The pilot disappeared and lost transmission while covering the leader in an engagement with MIG 15s. He stated that the leader was clear, and was last seen over the Sinuiju area. No further radio contact was received.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det 2, Rpt #256-9-53, Sep 53, F-3): On 16 Feb, a UN aircraft was shot down in the Sinuiju area (XE 19939) at approximately 1000 hours. The pilot of this aircraft was captured and taken to Antung City (XE 1953) Manchuria. He was placed on exhibition in the market place. The people crowded around and were told that he was a "crook of the air." The CCF then stripped him of his clothes and gave him a CCF uniform. The pilot was 22 years old, a little fat, and short. (The above description fits 1st Lt Paul J. Jacobson, who was forced down on 12 Feb 53 in the Sinuiju area. A further check of records revealed that Lt Jacobsen was the only UN pilot downed in the Sinuiju area (XE 1939) within at least 60 days of the date given by the agent.)

 

JENSEN, Morton H., T/Sgt, AF 27358781

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 19 Nov 52)

(*): The aircraft was on a combat mission on the Sonchon supply dump, North Korea. As the 3rd flare was dropped, 20 search lights were locked on the B-290. Approximately, two minutes later, four bursts of fire were recieved and hits made on No 2 and ? engines which had to be feathered out, and on the wing between the fuselage and No.3 engine, causing fire to start. Four parachutes were sighted at different locations inland from Cho-do Island. A flight of F-51s discovered a parachute hanging in a tree in the vicinity of coordinates (SC 7273) and about 100 ft inland. Two of the crew members were rescued and the remains of two other crew members were recovered from the sea.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Downed Aircraft Report No. 92, Nov 52): The aircraft was placed under attack by enemy night fighters at Sonchon (XE 6307). An emergency call sent out at 0100 stating that the aircraft had lost two engines. The aircraft commander bailed out and landed on the island of Cho-do (XC 5563), and he stated that he was the last one to leave the aircraft. Parachutes were observed on the ground at (XC 7173), (XC 675506), (XC 665485) and (XC 645660). A white parachute was observed approximately 75 yards from t he shoreline at (XC 7172). It appeared to be attached to a ten-man raft.

 

JENSEN, Wayne F., S/Sgt   AF 19405070

Catgory #5, B-29, (Missing 8 Nov 52)

(Retained in active file because three members of the twelve man crew have been Returned to Military Control).

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWKOOA 5389, AG #49274, D/I #27270, 8 Nov 52): The aircraft departed Kadena AB, Okinawa, at 21552 hours, 7 Nov 52, on a mission to bomb a target described as a Military Staff School at Nong Pung Ni. The last transmitted position report was at 0040/I, 8 Nov 52, at (3403N/12505E). No sightings have been made.

 

JONES, Oliver E., 1st Lt   AO 1911207

Category #5, F-51, (Missing 22 Oct 51)

(From: 5th AF, Cite: INR 609, 23 Oct 51, AG #53553, D/I #36596): The aircraft sustained damage by enemy ground fire and the pilot bailed out. The parachute was not seen to open.

 

KARPOWICZ, Jerome, A/1C   AF 16395206

Category #5, B-26, (Missing 17 May 53)

(Retained in active file because two members of the four man crew have been Returned to Military Control. )

(*): Capt's Quesnell and Walseth were interviewed at this Division. They stated that Selman and Karpowicz were the first and second to leave the aircraft. Karpowicz carried a URC-4 radio. They knew of no reason why the bail out would not have been successful.

(From: Det #3, 6004th AISS, IR #121 19 May 53): At 2219/I, the pilot heard a garbled transmission on "D" channel at (YC 50412). It was believed to be a URC-4 transmission. Search results were negative.

 

KEENE, Kassel M., Major   AO 420472

Category #2, B-29, (Missing 19 Nov 52)

(*): The aircraft was on a combat mission on the Sonchon supply dump, North Korea. As the 3rd flare was dropped, 20 search lights were locked on the B-29. Approximately two minutes later, four bursts of fire were received and hits made on No. 2 and 3 engines, which had to be feathered out, and on the wing between the fuselage and No.3 engine, causing fire to start. Four parachutes were sighted at different locations inland from Cho-do Island. A flight of F-51s discovered a parachute hanging in a tree in the vicinity of coordinates (SC 7273) about 100 ft. inland. Two of the crew members were rescued and the remains of two others were recovered from the sea.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Downed Aircraft Report No. 92, Nov 52): The aircraft was placed under attack by enemy night fighters at Sonchon (XE 6307). An emergency call was sent out at 0100 stating that the aircraft had lost two engines. The aircraft commander bbailed out and landed on the island of Cho-co (XG 5563), and he stated that he was the last one to leave the aircraft. Parachutes were observed on the ground at

(XC 7173), (XC 675506), (XC 665485) and (XC 645660). A white parachute was observed aproximately 75 yards from the shoreline at (XC 7172). It appeared to be attached to a ten-man life raft.

(From: 6004th AISS, CRT-1-P, 8 Aug 53): The Source stated that the subject was sentenced to 21 1/2 years for assaulting a fellow prisoner. He was sentenced in July 53. According to the sentence, he was nolt to be effected by repatriatio

 

KEISTER, Harold G., 1st Lt   AO 785071

Category #5, B-26, (Missing 30 Aug 51):

 (From: 3rd Bm Wg, Cite: 1345 PERS, 2 Sep 51): The search was discontinued 1 Sep 51! I was reported that three personnel type parachutes had been spotted in the vicinity where the last contact was made (3755N/12600E).

 

KELLEHER, Robert P., A/1C   AF 11205730

Category # 5, B-29, (Missing 8 Nov 52)

(Retained in active file because three member of the twelve man crew have been Returned to Military Control.)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWKOOA 5389, AG #49274, D/I #27270, 8 Nov 52): The aircraft departed Kadena AB, Okinawa, at 2152 hours, 7 Nov 522, on a mission to bomb a target described as a Military Staff School at Nong Pung Ni. The last transmitted position report was at 0040/I, 8 Nov 52, at (3403N/12505E). No sightings have been made.

 

KEPFORD, Joseph C., Cpt   AO 181388

Category #3, F-80, (Missing 7 Oct 50)

(From: 5th AF, NR: Radio, dtd 7 Oct 50): The pilot was observed bailing out three miles northwest of Hwang-ju, Korea. He landed safely on teh ground, but was not observed after that.

 

KIRK, Charles F., 1st Lt   AO 2079748

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 8 Nov 52)

 (Retained in active file because three members of the twelve man crew have been Returned To Military Control).

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWKOOA 5389, AG #49274, D/I #27270, 8 Nov 52): The aircraft departed Kadena AB, Okinawa at 2152 hours, 7 Nov 52, on a mission to bomb a target described as a Military Staff School at Nong Pung Ni. The last transmitted position report was at 0040/I, 8 Nov 52, at (3403N/12505E). No sightings have been made.

 

KOONTZ, Frederick R., 2nd Lt   AO 1909920

Category #2, B-26, (Missing 2 Sep 51)

(From: 3rd Bm Wg, Cite: 1340 3 BG, 2 Sep 51): The last known contact was when the pilot gave a position report going into the target area. At 0248 hours, Skillful 14 reported a spiral descending ball of fire that exploded and burned on contact with the ground. At the same time the pilot observed one descending parachute.

(From: TWX RDAG 9-26 and RDAG9-021, Sep 53): Listed in the NIELSEN-HENDERSON list of USAF personnel known to be in Kaesong awaiting repatriation.

 

LOGAN, Samuel P., Capt  11287A

Category #2, B-29, (Missing 9 Sep 50)

(*): The aircraft was damaged by enemy flak and crashed approximately 23 miles north of Pyongyang. Five parachutes were reported to have left the aircraft and landed on the ground at approximate coordinates (3926N/12544E). A report reveals that in Nov 50, the wreckage of the B-29 was located in the same general area where it had previously been reported last. Interrogation of local residents and careful investigation by GRS resulted in the recovery of what is believed to be the remains of the five crew members of the aircraft. Of this number three of the bodies were found by the cite of the crash and anoter near Pyongyang. No positive identification could be made and a group burial was made. Burial Cite: Pyongyang cemetery, Plot 1, Row 7, Grave 15.

(From: Bpm Comd, NR: BCX 1210, 9 Sep 50): The aircraft exploded in the air. Five parachutes were seen possibly a sixth. One buddy aircraft dropped two E-18 survival kits in the area where the crew went down. Several cars from adjacent villages were seen heading toward the wreckage.

(From: ATIS #KT 1761, Inter of NK Deserter, Sep 50): Source observed a B-29 shot down by AA guns about eight km east of Sukchon. The Source heard from a trooper that five were killed in the crash and seven parachuted and were captured.

(From: Hq USAF, AG #3318, Date Unk (1950): An unconfirmed report states that Capt. LOGAN was a POW.

 

MARTIN, Dominique E., 1st Lt   AO 1909619

Category #3, F-84, (Missing 5 May 52)

(From: 5th AF, Cite: INC 523, AG #18689, D/I #12533, 6 May 52): The pilot was making a pass on the target when his aircraft was hit by ground fire. He then parachuted from the aircraft and was observed moving about on the ground.

 

MARTIN, Robert L., 1st Lt   AO 1912235

Category #2, F-80, (Missing 24 Aug 51)

(From: 6004th AISS, CRT-25): He was last seen in Apr 53 at Pyoktong, Camp #2 Hq. His condition was fair.

(From: 6004th AISS, CRI 105A, 2 Sep 53): Source stated: "He (MARTIN) was being interrogated on Bacteriological warfare. "His condition was fair."

(From: TWX RDAG 9-26 and RDAG 9-021, Sept 53): Listed as not likely to return.

(From: TWX RDAG 9-032, Sept 53): He was sentenced to one year for hitting an interrogator. He was rumored to be at Pyoktong with other BW people." (Date of Information unknown.)

 

MAST, Clifford H., S/Sgt   AF 19417343

Category #4, B029, (Missing 4 Jul 52)

(Retained in active file because eleven members of the thirteen member crew have been Returned To Military Control. One member of the crew was Killed in Action.) (From: 6004th AISS, CRT 68A, 11 Sept 53): MAST was on the same crew with Source. Co-pilot told Source that most of the crew bailed out. According to the Source, MAST has not been seen or heard of since.

(From: 6004th AISS, CRT 58B, 9 Sept 53): S/Sgt MAST was last seen bailing out of the aircraft over Sinanju by Lt. Strieby, Co-pilot. He was a tail gunner on Capt Cline's crew. Source asked as Chinese Interrogator about MAST and was told, "I don't know , probably dead."

(From: 6004th AISS, CRT 65A, 10 Sept 53): Source states that Clifford MAST's name came up in interrogation. Source once asked where MAST was. He believes that MAST was taken to China around the end of Oct 52.

 

McALLASTER, John A. Jr., 1st Lt   AO 757831

Category #5, B-26, (Missing 4 Apr 52)

(A crew member of the doomed aircraft piloted by 1st Lt. James A. Van Fleet, Jr.)

(From: Det #2, 6004th AISS, #493-5-52, D/I #09301, 6 May 52): A twin engine UN bomber crashed at Hangpodong (YC 279069) at dawn 4 Apr 53. The inhabitant observed an American corpse dressed in an OD jacket and no pants lying 30 meters north of where the plane crashed. No other bodies were observed.

(From: Det #2, 6004th AISS, #302-5-52, D/I #09030, 15 May 52): Information obtained by this Source from a villager, indicates that two friendly aircraft were downed at (YC 400126). One pilot died in the crash and the other pilot was captured. At 1200 hours, 4 Apr 52, he witnessed a group of communists Investigating the dead pilot's belongings.

 

McLOUGHLIN, Robert J., A/2C   AF 12335474

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 19 Nov 52)

(*): The aircraft was on a combat bombing mission on the Sonchon supply dump, North Korea. As the 3rd flare was dropped, 20 search lights were locked on the B-29. Approximately two minutes later, four bursts of fire were received and hits made on No. 2 and 3 engines, which had to be feathered out, and on the wing between the fuselage and No. 3 engine, causing fire to start. Four parachutes were sighted at different locations inland from Cho-do Island. A flight of F-51s discovered a parachute handing in a tree in the vicinity of coordinates (SC 7273) about 100 feet inland. Two of the crew members were released and the remains of two other crew members were recovered from the sea.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Downed Aircraft Report No. 92, Nov 52): The aircraft was placed under attack by enemy night fighters at Sonchon (XE 6307). An emergency call was sent out at 0100 stating that the aircraft had lost two engines. The aircraft commander bailed out and landed on the island of Cho-do (XC 5563), and he stated that he was the last one to leave the aircraft. Parachutes were observed on the ground at (XC 7173), (XC 675506), (XC 664585) and (XC 645660). A white parachute was observed approximately 75 yards from the shoreline at (XC 7172). It appeared to be attached to a ten-man life raft.

 

MILLER, Waldemar W., 1st Lt   AO 1909506

Category #2, T-6, (Missing 10 Jul 52)

(From: 6214th TAC Contl. Sq., Cite: TCSA 1940, AG #29383, D/I #18140, 10 Jul 52): The aircraft was last seen in the vicinity of (CT 1423). It was reported as having crashed and burned by "Cap FIlter Hose." One parachute was observed open on the ground but it soon disappeared. The search was discontinued at approximately 1408/I due to intense ground fire.

(From: 500th MISG, RT 3673, CT 133038, 4 Oct 52): On 1 Jul 52, Source heard that the CCP had shot down one of the UN light planes, and that the two crew members had parachuted from the plane. One was captured by the CCF and the other was killed. The captured crew member was taken away, but the PW Source had no knowledge as to his destination.

(From: 500th MISG, KT 3963, D/I #17884, Date unknown 1952): On 5 Jul 52, Source observed one UN reconnaissance plane (with red markings on the nose) shot down by AA guns and crash in the vicinity of (CT 1423). One of the two pilots bailed out and was captured by members of the 1st Btry AA Gun Bn 116th Div, CCF. The Source heard that the other pilot was killed in the crash

(From: TWX, DEJEP Hq 145C 10 Jul 52): He was known to have parachuted safely. He was observed on the ground by another flight.

(From: TWX RDAG 9-26 and RADG 9-021, Sep 53): Listed in the NIELSEN-HENDERSON list of USAF personnel known to be in Kaesong awaiting repatriation.

 

MITCHELL, Bernard, A/1C   AF 13378025

Category #4, B-26, (Missing 14 Jan 51)

(*): While returning to Japan, the aircraft crossed the river about twelve miles west of Pyongyang, (YD 2514), and flying about 300 ft over the city they encountered small arms fire. The gunner called, "We are on fire!". The pilot bailed out when the aircraft was at an altitude of approximately 1000 ft and seven miles from the coast. The Navigator has been Returned To Military Control.

 

MOORADIAN, Ara, 1st Lt  AO 932011

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 23 Oct 51)

(Retained in active file because five members of the crew were Returned to Military Control on Big Switch. Two members of the crew were Killed In Action.)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWK 2943 and 2931, AG #53591 and #53756, D/I #36728, 25 Oct 51): The aircraft was flying in formation after bombs away at (3955N/12412E) at approximately 0050 hours, 23 Oct 51, when fire developed in the left wing at No.2 engine as a result of damages inflicted by enemy fighter gunfire. The aircraft was last seen approximately five minutes later descending and still burning, headed southwest toward the Yellow Sea, apparently under control.

 

MOORE, John G., Capt  AO 886005

Category #2, B-26, (Missing 20 Aug 51)

 (*): At 0256 hours, the pilot reported his location at approximate coordinates (3830N/126E), outbound from target area. No further contact with the aircraft was made. A search mission reported three personnel type parachutes sighted in the vicinity of (3755N/126E).

(From: TWX DEJEP Hq 145C Sep 53): The subject was witnessed alive as POW by reapatriated personnel.

 

MYERS, Thomas E., Maj  15136A

Category #3, F-80, (Missing 2 Oct 50)

(From: Flash Msg, dtd 2 Oct 50): The pilot was on a strafing pass when hit by ground fire, near Singosan, Korea, approximate coordinates (3852N/12725E). The pilot bailed out at approximately 1,000 ft., and was last seen hanging in a tree.

 

NEIS, Ralph A., 1st Lt   AO 2090340

Category #5, B-26, (Missing 14 Nov 52)

(*): The aircraft was on a night interdiction mission over North Korea. The last radio contact was at 0015 hours when the aircraft was given directions for a Tadpole mission. Radar and VHF contact was normal until 0032 hours when the aircraft faded from the scope at coordinates (BT 6563). Fire was reported on the ground at (BT 6563) but it could not be identified as one caused by a downed aircraft.

(From: 6004th AISS, RPW Rpt. No. 4554, Part I, Phase III, 14 Sep 53): The pilot of the aircraft was Returned To Military Control and stated that he felt his crew was still alive because in some instances he saw evidence of pieces of E & E equipment chracteristic of his own crew. Source's interrogator had knowledge of misssion performed and other operations that could only be gained through interrogations of other crew members.

 

NELSON, Lawrence A., 1st Lt   AO 2221692

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 28 Feb 52)

(*): The aircraft experienced mechanical difficulty over North Korea. Seven crew members were Returned To Military Control, one was Killed by enemy fire while attempting to return to friendly lines, and the fate of the other four is still undetermined.

(Of the four `undetermined', referenced above, one was Returned To Military Control, one is dead, and the remaining two are listed in this report. A/2C Denn and 1st Lt Nelson).

 

NICHOLS, James L., A/2C   AF 17326268

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 19 Nov 52)

(*): The aircraft was on a combat bombing mission on the Sonchon supply dumb, North Korea. As the 3rd flare was dropped, 20 search lights were locked on the B-29. Approximately two minutes later, four bursts of fire were received and hits made on No. 2 and 3 engines, which had to be feathered out, and on the wing between the fuselage and No. 3 engine, cuasing fire to start. Four parachutes were sighted at different locations inland from Cho-do Island. A flight of F-51s discovered a parachute hanging in a tree in the vicinity of coordinates (SC 7273) about 100 ft inland. Two of the crew members were rescued and the remains of two other crew members were recovered from the sea.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Downed Aircraft Report No. 92, Nov 52): The aircraft was placed under attack by enemy night fighters at Sonchon (XE 6307). An emergency call was sent out at 0100 stating that the aircraft had lost two engines. The aircraft commander bailed out and landed on the island of Cho-do (XC 5563), and he stated that he was the last one to leave the aircraft. Parachutes were observed on the ground at (XC 7173), (XC 665485) and (XC 645660.) A white parachute was observed approximately 75 yards from the shoreline at (XC 7172). It appeared to be attached to a ten-man life raft.

 

NIKELS, Rudolf, A/1C   AF 12383404

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 30 Dec 52)

(Retained in active file because five member of the crew have been Returned To Military Control. One member of the crew was Killed in Action).

(From: 28th Bomb Sq., 19th Bomb Gp, Cite: 1q9th BG 4438, 28th Bm S2, AG #L 8264, D/I #31049, 30 Dec 52:) The aircraft took off at 1627 hours from Kadena Air Basse for a combat mission over North Korea. The aircraft was attacked by enemy aircraft and crashed approximately ten miles northeast of Pyongyang, (YD 4537). The number of survivors, if any, was unknown.

(From: FEAF Bom Com, Cite: BC 5116, AG #00879, D/I #00415, 6 Jan 53): Theh subject aircraft was observed under fighter attack just prior to bombs away. Information gathered from radio contact, after turn off target at 2130/I. One engine was out and the No. 4 engine was on fire. At approximately 2142/I, several crew members were seen to bail out, (the exact number was unknown), as reported by an escorting F-3D. The aircraft crashed and burned.

 

O'BRIEN, Warren E., Capt  AO 827259

Category #4, F-84, (Missing 9 Sep 52)

(*): The pilot was flying an interdiction mission at (XE 814580). After completing their strike on the target, the flight was attacked by MIGs. Capt O'BRIEN's aircraft was observed to receive strikes from enemy fire in the right wing and burst into flames. The canopy was jettisoned, but no attempt to bail out was observed. However, another flight observed a parachute at (XE 6237).

 

OLCOTT, Ray W., 1st Lt   AO 1909367

Category #4, B-26, (Missing 15 Oct 51)

 (From: 5th AF, Cite: INR 587, D/I #35737, AG #52273, 15 Oct 51): The last contact with the aircraft was by radio at 2138 hours, 14 Oct 51, informing NTPS Control that one engine had been hit. An explosion was observed on the ground, believed to be that of tghe missiong air-craft. 1st Lt William F. Brown, one of the crew of four, was Returned to Military Control. He reported that all were alerted to bail out, and believes that he was the last one to leave the aircraft.

 

OLSEN, Arthur R., 1st Lt   AO 2069417

Category #2, B-29, (Missing 29 Jan 53)

(From: D/I Memo to G-2 AFFE, 17 Feb 53), Subj: Enemy Air Activity): Between 152225/I, two B-29s at 19,000 and 21,260 ft altitude observed what appeared to be a signal at (YC 4010), consisting of three lights placed in a row at an undetermined distance from each other. There was no distinguishable code, but these lights flashing did appear to the crew as if a signal was intended. At 152300/I, another B-29 at 22,700 ft observed what appeared to be dots and dashes flashing at (YB 2393). These appeared to be the same lights as reported by the other two B-29s.

(From: Hq 5th AF, Office of D/I, 7 Aug 53, Subj: Attempted Rescue of Downed Airmen): A rescue was attempted on 24 May 53, using the snatch pick-up procedure (Green Dragon Rescue Operation). Voice radio (URC-4) was used with 1st LT Ashley directing the pilot to the ground station. (The pilot reported that the voice was definitely that of the American who had previously been identified as Lt. Ashley.) Upon approaching the pick-up site, the aircraft was fired upon by machine guns, from the pick-up area as well as from the mountain sides surrounding the area, sustaining damage from small arms fire. Ashley and four crew members, (Turner, Olsen, Shaddick, and Ishida) were known to be alive in communist hands as of the close of the Korean conflict, Jul 53.

 

O'MEARA, James J. Jr., A/2C   AF 16354305

Category #5, B-29 (Missing 29 Jan 53)

(Retained in active file because three members of the fourteen man crew were Returned To Military Control. One member of the crew was Killed in Action. Five other members of the crew were known to be alive in communist hands at the close of the Korean conflict, Jul 53, Green Dragon Operation).

(From: 28th Bm Sq., 19th Bm Gp, Cite: 19th Bm Op, 5059, 28th Bm Sq, AG #A 7502, D/I #02106, 30 Jan 53): The aircraft took off at 2000/I from Kadena AB, for a combat mission over North Korea. The aircraft was observed under attack by enemy fighters, firing rockets. A "May Day" call was given at 0026/I and the Aircraft was seen to explode in mid-air at 0029/I. Four parachutes were seen to open by the light of the explosion, approximately 18 miles east of Sariwon. The number of survivors, if any, was unknown.

 

OYLER, Ernest R., , Capt  AO 744548

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 9 Sep 50)

(*): The aircraft was damaged by enemy flak and crashed approximately 23 miles north of Pyongyang. Five parachutes were reported to have left the aircraft and landed on the ground at approximate coordinates (3926N/12544E). A report reveals that in Nov 50, the wreckage of the B-299 was located in the same general area where it had previously been reported last. Interrogation of local residents and careful investigation by GRS resulted in the recovery of what is believed to be the remains of five crew members of the aircraft. Of this number threee of the bodies were found by the site of the crash and another near Pyongyang. No positive identification could be made and group burial was made. Burial site: Pyongyang cemetery, Plot 1, Row 7, Grave 15.

 

PADILLA, Alexander B., Capt   AO 556092

Category #3, F-51, (Missing 9 Oct 50)

(From 6002d Tac Sup Wg, NR: PER 6002 TSW, J-46-10, 10 Oct 50): The aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire, and the pilot crash-landed, wheels up. He was seen to get out of the aircraft holding his left arm as if it were broken. He stumbled and walked south toward a village and was seen captured by the enemy. Location (3822N/12545E), near the village of Kwangton-Ni, Korea.

(MISG/FGE ADV, Sp Rpt #263, 9 Aug 52): After sunset, on or about 12 Oct 50, a PW saw a US fighter aircraft whose propeller was damaged by AA fire, make a forced landing on the hill at (YC 3852). The pilot walked safely to a church to seek refuge. The pastor tried to arrange for the pilot's escape to the nearby hills where guerrillas were based. However, this plan was never completed because a CCF-NKA force was mopping up guerrilla units in that area. The NKA suspected that the downed airman was hiding in the vicinity so they conducted a search and both the pastor and the pilot were taken away.

 

PALMIOTTI, Nicholas M., S/Sgt   AF 12313035

Category #5, B-26, (Missing 20 Aug 51)

(*): At 0256 hours, the pilot reported his location ataproximate coordinates (3830N/126??E), outbound from target area. No further contact with the aircraft was made. A search mission reported three personnel type parachutes sighted in the vicinity of (3755N/126__E).

 

PARHAM, Charles E. Jr.,A/1C   AF 141037557

Category #5, B-26, (Missing 25 Nov 51)

 (*): The last contact with the aircraft was a transmission outbound from the target area at 0507 hours. An order to bail out was heard at 0515 hours from an aircraft at approximately 12,000 ft in the vicinity of (CT 4000) to (CT 4080), believed to be the missing aircraft. Crew members were seen to bail out behind enemy lines at approximate coordinates (CT 3842) by an ROK Officer, who believed that they bailed out of a B-26.

 

PATTEN, George W., 1st Lt   AO 2222013

Category #2, F-51, (Missing 13 Jan 52)

(From: 6004th AISS, CRT-1-N, 8 Aug 53): The pilot was sentenced to two and one-half years for assaulting a fellow prisoner. The sentence was in Jul 53. This sentence was not to be affected by repatriation.

 

PECK, James K., 1st LT    AO 741690

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 19 Nov 52)

(*): The aircraft was on a combat bombing mission on the Sonchon supply dump, North Korea. As the 3rd flare was dropped, 20 search lights were locked on the B-29. Approximately two minutes later, four bursts of fire were received and hits made on No. 2 and 3 engines, which had to be feathered out, and on the wing between the fuselage and No. 3 engine, causing fire to start. Four parachutes were sighted at different locations inland from Cho-do Island. A flight of F-51s discovered a parachute hanging in a tree in the vicinity of coordinates (SC 7273) about 100 ft inland. Two of the crew members were rescued and the remains of two other crew members were recovered from the sea.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Downed Aircraft Report No. 92, Nov 52): The aircraft was placed under attack by enemy night fighters at Sonchon (XE 6307). An emergency call was sent out at 0100 stating that the aircraft had lost two engines. The aircraft commander bailed out and landed on the Island of Cho-do (XC 5563), and he stated that he was the last one to leave the aircraft. Parachutes were observed on the ground at (XC 7173), (XC 675506), (XC 665485) and (XC 645660). A white parachute was observed approximately 75 yards from the shoreline at (XC 7172). It appeared to be attached to a ten-man life raft.

 

PENNINGER, Roger W., 1st Lt  AO 778935

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 23 Oct 51)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWK 2930, AG # 53752. D/I #36729), 24 Oct 51): The aircraft was leading a formation of three aircraft at the coordinates (3953N/12534E). At approximately 0040/Z, the aircraft was damaged by enemy fighter gunfire. Several parachutes were observed to open prior to its exploding in mid-air.

 

PHELPS, Ralph L., A/1C

Category #5, B-26, (Missing 4 Apr 52)  AF 17291247

 (A crew member of the downed aircraft piloted by lst Lt James A. Van Fleet, Jr.)

(From: Det #2, 6004th AISS, #493-5-52, D/I #09301, 26 May 52): A twin engine UN bomber crashed at Hangpo-dong (YC 279-69) at dawn 4 Apr 52. The inhabitant observed an American corpse dressed in an OD jacket and no pants lying 30 meters north of where the plane crashed. No other bodies were observed.

(From: Det #2, 6004th AISS, #302-5-52, D/I #09030, 15 May 52:) Information obtained by this Source from a villager, indicates that two friendly aircraft were downed at (YC 400126). One pilot died in the crash and the other pilot was captured. At 1200 hours, 4 Apr 52, he witnessed a group of Communists investigating the dead pilot's belongings.

 

PHILLIPS, Duane M., 2nd Lt   19732A

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 7 Apr 51

(From: 307 BW, Cite: 307 BWK 0577, dtd 7 Apr 51): The aircraft apparently exploded in mid-air without warning at 1040 hours, at coordinates (3905N/12501E). Three or four parachuted from the aircraft. 2nd Lt Shallenberger was apparently the only survivor, Returned to Military Control. The Officer states he did not see any of the others who parachuted into the water.

(From: 500th MISG, 010472, 27 Apr 53:) On or about May 52, Phillips, Buck and Thierman went into a cornfield after watching a soccer game. Roll call absence was covered by their friends. They were recaptured four days later. They were put in jail for approximately four months. (NOTE: No first name was given for the Phillips listed above and this report may refer to another Phillips.)

 

POPE, James D., A/2C

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 29 Jan 53)  AF 14404363

(Retained in active file because three members of the fourteen member crew were Returned to Military Control. One member of the crew was Killed in Action. Five other members of the crew known to be alive in communist hands at the close of the Korean conflict, Jul 53, Green Dragon Operation).

(From: 28th Bm Sq, 19th BM Gp, Cite: 19th Bm Gp. 5059, 28th Bm Sq, AG #A 7502, D/I #02106, 30 Jan 53): The air-craft took off at 2000/I from Kadena AB for a combat mission over North Korea. The aircraft was observed under attack by enemy fighters, firing rockets. A "May Day" call was given at 0026/I and the aircraft was seen to explode in mid-air at 0029/I. Four parachutes were seen only by the light of the explosion, approximately 18 miles east of Sariwon. The number of survivors, if any, was unknown.

 

PORTER, James H., A/2C  AF 14397423

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 19 Nov 52)

(*): The aircraft was on a combat missiong on the Sonchon supply dump, North Korea. As the 3rd flare was dropped, 20 search lights were locked on the B-29. Approximately 2 minutes later, four bursts of fire were received and hits made on No. 2 and 3 engines, which had to be feathered out, and on the wing between the fuselage and No.3 engine, causing fire to start. Four parachutes were sighted at different locations inland from Cho-do Island. A flight of F-51s discovered a parachute hanging in a tree in the vicinity of coordinates (SC 7273) about 100 ft inland. Two of the crew members were rescued and the remains of two others were recovered from the sea.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Downed Aircraft Report No. 92, Nov 52): The aircraft was placed under attack by enemy night fighters at Sonchon (XE 6307). An emergency call was sent out at 0100 stating that the aircraft had lost two engines. The aircraft commander bailed out and landed on the island of Cho-do (XC 5563), and he stated that he was the last one to leave the aircraft. Parachutes were observed on the ground at (XC 7173), (XC 675506), (XC 665485), and (XC 645660). A white parachute was observed approximately 75 yards from the shoreline at (XC 7172). It appeared to be attached to a ten-man raft.

 

PRATT, Charles W., Capt   16993A

Category #5, F-86, (Missing 8 Nov 51)

(*): While heading south toward their home base, approximately fifteen MIGs were sighted, and Capt PRATT turned to attack. One MIG worked into position and began firing at him. Soon after, he was heard to call that he was hit and would have to bail out. His aircraft was last observed heading towards the coast west of Pyongyang, in a forty-five degree dive.

 

REHM, Harry M., 1st LT    AO 2089519

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 30 Dec 52)

 (Retained in active file because five members of the crew have been Returned to Military Control. One member of the crew was Killed in Action).

(From: 28th Bomb S2, 19th Bomb Gp, Cite: 19th BG 4438, 28th Bm Sq, AG #L 8264, D/I #31049, 30 Dec 52): The aircraft took off at 1627 hours from Kadena Air Base for a combat mission over North Korea. The aircraft was attacked by enemy aircraft and crashed approximately ten miles northeast of Pyongyang, (YD 4537). The number of survivors, if any, was unknown.

(From: FEAF Bom Com, Cite: BC 5116, AG #00879, D/I #00415, 6 Jan 53): The subject aircraft was observed under fighter attack just prior to bombs away. Information gathered from radio contact, indicates that the aircraft sustained major damage after turning off target at 2130/I. One engine was out and the No. 4 engine was on fire. At approximately 2142 /I, several crew members were seen to bail out, (the exact number is unknown), as reported by an escorting F-3D. The aircraft crashed and burned.

 

RODNEY, Daryl E., A/2C   AF 19400458

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 30 Dec 52

(Retained in active file because five members of the crew have been Returned to Military Control. One member of the crew was Killed in Action).

(From: 28th Bom Sq., 19th Bomb Gp, Cite: 19th BG 4438, 28th Bm Sq, AG #L 8264, D/I #31049, 30 Dec 52): The aircraft took off at 1627 hours from Kadena Air Base for a combat mission over North Korea. The aircraft was attacked by enemy air-craft and crashed approximately ten miles northeast of Pyongyang, (YD 4537). The number of survivors, if any, was unknown.

(From: FEAF Bom Com, Cite: BC 5116, AG #00879, D/I #00415, 6 Jan 53): The subject aircraft was observed under fighter attack just prior to bombs away. Information gathered from radio contact, indicates that the aircraft sustained major damage after turn off target at 2130/I. One engine was out and the No. 4 engine was on fire. At approximately 2142/1, several crew members were seen to bail out (the exact number was is unknown), as reported by an escorting F-3D. The aircraft crashed and burned.

 

ROUNDTREE, Fred B., Capt   17495A

Category #2, B-26, (Missing 14 Jan 51)

(*): While returning to Japan, the aircraft crossed the river about twelve miles west of Pyongyang, (YD 2514), and flying about 300 ft over the city they encountered small arms fire. The gunner called, "We are on fire!". The pilot bailed out when the aircraft was at an altitude of approximately 1000 ft and seven miles from the coast. The Navigator has been Returned to Military Control.

(From: TWX RDAG 9-26 and RDAG 9-021, Sep 53): Listed in the NEILSEN-HENDERSON list of USAF personnel known to be in Kaesong awaiting repatriation.

 

SCHMITT, Warren W., A/2   AF 17151509

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 8 Nov 52)

(Retained in active file because three members of the twelve man crew have been Returned to Military Control.)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWK00A 5389, AG #49274, D/I #27270, 8 Nov 52): The aircraft depareted Kadena AB,

Okinawa, at 2153 hours, 7 Nov 52, on a mission to bomb a target described as a Military Staff School at Nong Pung Ni. The last transmitted position report was at 0040/I, 8 Nov 52, at (3403N/12505E). No sightings had been made.

 

SCHNEIDT, Norman W., Capt  AO 810255

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 8 Nov 52)

(Retained in active file because three members of the twelve man crew have been Returned to Military Control).

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWK00A 5389, AG #49274, D/I#27270, 8 Nov 52): The aircraft departed Kadena AB, Okinawa, at 2152 hours, 7 Nov 52, on a mission to bomb a taraget described as a Military Staff School at Nong Pung Ni. The last transmitted position report was at 0040/I, 8 Nov 52, at (3403N/12505E). No sightings had been made.

 

SCHWAB, Edward A., A/2C   AF 12359965

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 29 Jan 53))

(Retained in active file because three members of the fourteen member crew were Returned To Military Control. One member of the crew was Killed In Action. Five other members of the crew were known to be alive in communist hands at the close of the Korean Conflict, Jul 53: Green Dragon Rescue Operation.)

(From: 28th Bm Sq, 19th Bm Op, Cite: 19th Bm Gp, 5059, 28th Bm Sq, AG #A 7502, D/I #022106, 30 Jan 53): The air-craft took off at 2000/I from Kadena AB for a combat mission over North Korea. The aircraft was observed under attack by enemy fighters, firing rockets. A "May Day" call was given at 0026/I and the aircraft was seen to explode in mid-air at 0029/I. Four parachutes were seen open by the light of the explosion, approximately 18 miles east of Sariwon. The number of survivors, if any, was unknown.

 

SELMAN, Clifford G., 1st lt   AO 1864097

Catetory #5, B-26, (Missing 17 May 53)

 (Retained in active file because two members of the four man crew were Returned To Military Control.)

(*): Capt's Quesnell and Walseth were interviewed at this Division. They stated that Selman and Karpowicz were the first and second to leave the aircraft. Karpowicz carried a URC-4 radio. They knew of no reasons why the bail out would not have been successful.

(From: Det #3, 6004th AISS, IR #121, 19 May 53): At 2219/I, the pilot heard a garbled transmission on "D" channel at (YC 5041). It was believed to be a URC-4 transmission. Search results were negative.

 

SHADDICK, John P. III, 2nd Lt  AO 2221920

Category #2, B-29 (Missing 29 Jan 53)

(From: D/I Memo to G-2 AFFE, 17 Feb 53, Subj: Enemy Air Air Activity): Between 152225/I and 2259/I, two B-29s at 19,000 and 21,260 ft altitude observed what appeared to be a signal at (YC 4010), consisting of three lights placed in a row at an undetermined distance from each other. There was no distinguishable code, but these lights flashing did appear to the crew as if a signal was intended. At 152300/I another B-29 at 22,700 ft observed what appeared to be dots and dashes flashing at (YB 2393). These appeared to be the same lights as reported by the other two B-29s.

(From: Hq 5th AF, Office of D/I, 7 Aug 53, Subj: Attempted Rescue of Downed Airmen): A rescue was attempted on 24 May 53, using the snatch pick-up procedure (Green Dragon Rescue Operation). Voice radio (URC-4) was used with 1st Lt Ashley directing the pilot to the ground station. (The pilot reported that the voice was definately that of the American who had previously been identified as Lt. Ashley). Upon approaching the pick-up area, the aircraft was fired upon by machine guns, from the pick-up area as well as the mountain sides surrounding the area, sustaining damage from small arms fire. Ashley and four crew members (Turner, Olsen, Shaddick and Ishida) were known to be alive in communist hands at the close of the Korean conflict on Jul 53.

 

SHIELDS, Thomas L., Capt   AO 837209

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 23 Oct 51)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWK 2930, AG #53752, D/I #36729, 24 Oct 51): The aircraft was leading a formation of three aircraft at the coordinates (3953N/12534E). At approximately 0040/Z, the aircraft was damaged by enemy fighter gunfire. Several parachutes were observed to open prior to its exploding in mid-air.

 

SMITH, James D.,Jr., 2nd Lt

Category #5, B-26, (Missing 25 Nov 51) AO 2222046

(*): The last contact with the aircraft was a transmission outbound from the target area at 0507 hours. An order to bail out was heard at 0515 hours from an aircraft at approximately 12,000 ft in the vicinity of (CT 4000) to (CT 4080), believed to be the missing aircraft. Crew members were seen to bail out behing enemy lines at approximate coordinates (CT 3842) by an ROK officer, who believed that they bailed out of a B-26.

 

SOUTHERLAND, John E., Capt  AO 1910800

Category #4, F-86, (Missing 6 Jun 53)

(From: 8th FBW, Cite: FBWD 642F, AG #23977, D/I #11496, 6 Jun 53): The pilot was flying as NO.2 man in a flight of four on a close support mission. After being hit, the canopy was jettisoned and the pilot was ejected. The parachute opened at approximately 12,000 ft. The last observation was at (CT 8957).

 

SPATH, Charles R., Capt  AO 1910283

Category #3, F-86, (Missing 3 Feb 52)

(From: Joint Advisory Commission, Korea, May 52): The pilot parachuted safely and was observed on the ground by another flight. He was known to be alive in enemy hands as of May 52. A rescue operation, designated "Hazel", revealed that the pilot was compromised, and may have been killed.

 

SPENCE, Marvin J., Major  AO 732780

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 9 Sep 50)

(*): The aircraft was damaged by enemy flak and crashed approximately 23 miles north of Pyongyng. Five parachutes were reported to have left the aircraft and landed on the ground at aproximate coordinates (3926N/12544E). A report reveals that in Nov 50, the wreckage of the B-29 was located in the same general area where it had previously been reported last. Interrogation of local residents and careful investigation by CRS resulted in the recovery of what is believed to be the remains of five crew members of the air-craft. Of this number three of the bodies were found by the site of the crash and another near Pyongyang. No positive identification could be made and agroup burial was made. Burial site: Pyongyang Cemetery, Plot 1, Row 7, Grave 15.

 

STEVENSON, Frank J., A/3C   AF 13405299

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 29 Jan 52)

(Retained in active file because three members of the fourteen man crew were Returned to Military Control. One member of the crew was Killed in Action. Fife other members of the crew were known to be alive in communist hands at the close of the Korean conflict, Jul 53: Green Dragon Rescue Operation).

(From: 28 Bm Sq, 19th Bm Gp, Cite: 19th Bm Gp, 5059, 28th Bm Sq, AG # 7502, D/I #02106, 30 Jan 53): The aircraft took off at 2000/I from Kadena Air Base for acombat mission over North Korea. The aircraft was observed under attack by enemy fighters, firing rockets. A "May Day" call was given at 0026/I and the aircraft was seen to explode in mid-air at 0029/I. Four parachutes were seen open by the light of the explosion, aproximately 18 miles east of Sariwon. The number of survivors, if any, was unknown.

 

SWENEY, Bruce A., 1st Lt  AO 1912252

Category #3, F-80, (Missing 2 Oct 51)

(From: 67th Tac Recon Wg. Cite: CAS 2032, 2 Oct 51): The aircraft was attacked by two enemy MIG 15 aircraft `and his plane apeared to explode at an altitude of 20,000 ft.' A parachute was seen to open. An F-84 aircraft made a low level pass and observed a parachute in a rice paddy with the pilot lying face down. He made no sign of life or recognition. The next morning when a fighter cap was dispatched to cover the area, the pilot and parachute was gone.

 

TAHSEQUAH, Meech, Lt Col   10985A

Category #2, B-26, (Missing 6 Dec 50)

(From: 3rd Bm Gp, NR: 8075, 6 Dec 51): ADCC reported that the crew bailed out at (3450N/12930E), in the vicinity of Tsushima Island.

(From: TWX DEJEP Hq, 145C, Dec 51): Reported to be a POW by communist Propaganda.

 

THOMAS, Lewis A. Jr., S/Sgt   AF 37536612

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 7 Apr 51)

(From: 307 BW, Cite: 307 BWK 0577, dtd 7 Apr 51): The air-craft apparently exploded in mid-air without warning at 1040 hours, at coordinates (3905N/12501E). Three or four parachuted from the aircraft, 2nd Lt Shallenberger was apparently the only survivor, Returned to Military Control. The officer states that he did not see any of the other crew members, who parachuted into the water.

 

THOMPSON, Charles R., 2nd Lt  AO 222047

Category #5, B-26, (Missing 25 Nov 51)

(*): The last contact with the aircraft was a transmission outbound from the target area at 0507 hour. An order to bail out was heard at 0515 hours from an aircraft at approximately 12,000 ft in the vicinity of (CT 4000) to (CT 4080), believed to be the missing aircraft. Crew members were seen to bail out behind enemy lines at approximate coordinates (CT 3842) by an ROK officer, who believed that they bailed out of a B-26.

 

THOMPSON, Raymond, A/1C   AF 15432409

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 19 Nov 52)

(*): The aircraft was on a combat mission on the Sonchon supply dump, North Korea. As the 3rd flare was dropped, 20 search lights were locked on the B-29. Approximately two minutes later, four bursts of fire were received and hits made on No. 2 and 3 engines, which had to be feathered out, and on the wing between the fuselage and No. 3 engine, causing fire to start. Four parachutes were sighted at different locations inland from Cho-do Island. A flight of F-51s discovered a parachute hanging in a tree in the vicinity of coordinates (SC 7273) about 100 ft inland. Two of the crew members were recovered from the sea.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Downed Aircraft Report No. 92, Nov 52): The aircraft was placed under attack by enemy night fighters at Sonchon (XE 6307). An emergency call was sent out at 0100 stating that the aircraft had lost two engines. The aircraft commander bailed out and landed on the island of Cho-do (XC 5563), and he stated that he was the last one to leave the aircraft. Parachutes were observed on the ground at (XC 71773), (XC 675506), (XC 665485) and (XC 645660). A white parachute was observed approximately 75 yards from the shoreline at (XC 7172). It appeared to be attached to a ten-man raft.

 

THOMPSON, Hugh K., 2nd Lt   AO 1911888

Category #2, B-229, (Missing 23 Jan 52)

(Retained in active file because eight men of the fourteen man crew have been Returned To Military Control. Five members of the crew were Killed In Action).

(From: 19th Bm Wg, 19th Bm Gp, 93rd Bm Sq, 23 Aug 53) Source stated that THOMPSON was not released at the time Source was released. No physical description was given as the Source did not know him well. He was in Camp #2.

 

TILLER, Horace N., M/Sgt  AF 19052764

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 19 Nov 52)

(*): The aircraft was on a combat bombing mission on the Sonchon supply dump, North Korea. As the 3rd flare was dropped, 20 search lights were locked on the B-29. Approximately two minutes later, four bursts of fire were received and hits made on No.2 and 3 engines, which had to be feathered out, and on the wing between the fuselage and No.3 engine, causing fire to start. Four parachutes were sighted at different locations inland from Cho-do Island. A flight of F-51s discovered a parachute hanging in a tree in the vicinity of coordinates (SC 7273) about 100 ft inland. Two of the crew members were rescued and the remains two other crew members were recovered from the sea.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Downed Aircraft Report No. 92, Nov 52): The aircraft was placed under attack by enemy night fighters at Sonchon (XE 6307). An emergency call was sent out at 0100 stating that the aircraft had lost two engines. The aircraft commander bailed out and landed on the island of Cho-do (XC 5563), and he stated that he was the last one to leave the aircraft. Parachutes were observed on the ground at (XC 7173), (XC 675506), (XC 665485), and (XC 645660). A white parachute was observed approximately 75 yards from the shoreline at (XC 7172). It appeared to be attached to a ten-man raft.

 

TRANTHAM, Archie P., Capt   AO 725882

Category #5, B-26, (Missing 6 Jun 52)

(From: 5th Air Force, Cite: INC 673, AG #23961, D/I #15247, 7 Jun 52): At the last contact, the aircraft was on fire at coordinates (XD 6050). The crew is believed to have bailed out.

 

TURNER, Harold P., 1st Lt  AO 1283518

Category #2, B-29A, (Missing 29 Jan 53)

(From: D/I Memo to G-2 AFFE, 17 Feb 553, Subj: Enemy Air Activity): Between 152225/I and 2259/I, two B-29s at 19,000 and 21,260 ft altitude observed what appeared to be a signal at (YC 4010), consisting of three lights placed in a row at an undetermined distance from each other. There was no distinguishable code, but these lights flashing did appear to the crew as if a signal was intended. At 152300/I, another B-29 at 22,700 ft observed what appeared to be dots and dashes flashing at *(YB 2393). These appeared to be the same lights as reported by the other two B-29s.

(From: Hq 5th AF, Office of D/I, 7 Aug 53, Subj: Attempted Rescue of Downed Airmen): A rescue was attempted on 24 May 53, using the snatch pick-up procedure (Green Dragon Rescue Operation). Voice radio (URC-4) was used with 1st Lt Ashley directing the pilot to the ground station. (The pilot reported that the voice was definitely that of the American who had previously been identified as Lt Ashley). Upon approaching the pick-up site, the aircraft was fired upon by machine guns, from the pick-up area as well as from the mountain sides surrounding the area, sustaining damage from small arms fire. Ashley and four crew members (Turner, Olsen, Shaddick, and Ishida) were known to be alive in communist hands as of the close the Korean conflict, Jul 53.

 

VAN FLEET, James A. Jr., 1st Lt  AO 17852A

Category #2, B-26, (Missing 4 Apr 52)

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Report #493-5-52, D/I #09301, 26 May 52): A twin engine UN bomber crashed at Hangpo-dong (XC 279069) at dawn, 4 Apr 52. The inhabitant observed an American corpse dressed in an OD jacket and no pants lying 30 meters north of where the plane crashed. No other bodies were observed. (From: MISG/FE Interr Report #KT 3458, D/I #12344, 25 Jul 52): On 28 Mar 52, Source heard from a civilian that a UN aircraft, possibly a twin engine, crashed in the vicinity of (YC 1968) at 0100 that morning. Later that day, three caucasians were observed, about 30 years old, being marched under three guards. The three caucasians were wearing tan uniforms and brown boots. Their uniforms had zippered pockets on the trouser legs. The civilian heard that these three Caucasians bailed out from the aircraft, and the fourth was believed killed when his parachute failed to open.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Report #302-5-52, D/I #09030, 15 May 52): Information obtained by this Source from a villager indicates that two friendly aircraft were downed at (YC 400126). One pilot died in the crash and the other pilot was captured. At 1200 hours, 4 Apr 52, he witnessed a group of Communists investigating the dead pilot's belongings.

(From: 6004th AISS, EEI File #2, 26 Sep 53): Source was told by another returning POW, who got it from a Chinese interrogator, that Lt VAN FLEET was alive and was being held a prisoner by the Chinese communists. One Chinese Interrogator said that he was dead. Source received this information on 5 Sep 53, enroute to Kaesong for repatraition.

(From: 6004th AISS, EEI File #2, 25 Sep 532): An interrogator told Source that VAN FLEET was being held in Pyongyang by the Chinese. He was being interrogated on UN use of bacteriological warfare. The Chinese were also trying to force VAN FLEET to write about "The Glory of the communists for their Treatment of Prisoner of War." Source felt that the reason that they were told this was that the interrogators felt that by mentioning names of POWs of high rank or prestige, and the fact that they two were being coerced into signing BW charges, that this would tend to make personnel like Source confess to these charges.

(From: 6004th AISS, EEI File #2, 2, Gen File Vol 4, Sep 53): Source indicated that on or about May 52, an unknown Chinese English speaking interrogator informed Sourch that Capt VAN FLEET had previously been interrogated at Pyongyang.

(From: IG, OSI, Dist Off #2, APO 77, Date Unknown (1953): "......According to Lee (Source), during a conversation that ensued (a secondary informant) `Min' (who was a member of the Social Security Bureau of North Korea) made the statement that General Van Fleet's son, who was a pilot, had also been captured. Lee did not recall whether he was alive. He claims to dimly recall `Min' saying that VAN FLEET was captured in the Koksan area."

 

WAHLGREN, Edward C., Capt    AO 695357

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 23 Oct 51)

(From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWK 2930, AG #53752, D/I #36729, 24 Oct 51): The aircraft was leading a formation of three aircraft at the coordinates (3953N/1253E). At approximately 0040/Z, the aircraft was damaged by enemy fighter gunfire. Several parachutes were observed to open prior to its exploding in mid-air.

 

WEBB, Edward A., A/2C   AF 18350787

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 23 Oct 51)

(From: 307 BBm Wg, Cite: 307 BWK 2930, AG #53572, D/I #36729, 24 Oct 51): The aircraft was leading a formation of three aircraft at the coordinates (3953N/12534E). At approximately 0040/Z, the aircraft was damaged by enemy fighter gunfire. Several parachutes were observed to open prior to its exploding in mid-air.

 

WEST, Carl E., A/2C  AF 133466889

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 23 Oct 51)

 (From: 307 Bm Wg, Cite: 307 BWK, 2930, AG #53572, D/I #36729, 24 Oct 51): The aircraft was leading a formation of three aircraft the coordinates (3953N/12534E). At approximately 0040/Z, the aircraft was damaged by enemy fighter gunfire. Several parachutes were observed to open prior to its exploding in mid-air.

 

WHITE, Claude V. , 2nd Lt  AO 1911527

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 7 Apr 51)

(From: 307 BW, Cite: 307 BWK 0577, dtd 7 Apr 51): The aircraft apparently exploded in mid-air without warning at 10040 hours, at coordinates (3905N/12501E). Three or four parachuted from the aircraft. 2nd Lt Shallenberger was apparently the only survivor, Returned To Military Control. The Officer states that he did not see any of the others who parachuted into the water.

 

WHITMAN, William, A/1C AF 13360399

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 19 Nov 52)

(*): The aircraft was on a combat mission on the Sonchon supply dump, North Korea. As the 3rd flare was dropped, 20 search lights were locked on the B-29. Approximately two minutes later, four bursts of fire were received and hits made on No.2 and 3 engines, which had to be feathered out, and on the wing between the fuselage and No. 3 engine, causing fire to start. Four parachutes were sighted at different locations inland from Cho-do Island. A flight of F-51s discovered a parachute hanging in a tree in the vicinity of coordinates (SC 7273) about 100 ft inland. Two of the crew members were rescued and the remains of two others crew members were recovered from the sea.

(From: 6004th AISS, Det #2, Downed Aircraft Report No. 92, Nov 52): The aircraft was placed under attack by enemy ,night fighters at Sonchon (XE 6307). An emergency call was sent out at 0100 stating that the aircraft had lost two engines. The aircraft commander bailed out and landed on the island of Cho-do (XC 5563), and he stated that he was the last one to leave the aircraft. Parachutes were observed on the ground at (XC 7173), (XC 675506), (XC 665485) and (XC 645660). A white parachute was observed approximately 75 yards from the shoreline at (XC 7172). It appeared to be attached to a ten-man life raft.

 

WILLIAMSON, Kenneth E., S/Sgt  AF 15255731

Category #5, B-29, (Missing 9 Sep 50)

(*): The aircraft was damaged by enemy flak and crashed approximately 23 miles north of Pyongyang. Five parachutes were reported to have left the aircraft and landed on the ground at approximate coordinates (3926N/12544E). A report reveals that in Nov 50, the wreckage of the B-29 was located in the same general area where it had previously been reported last. Interrogation of local residents and careful investigation by GRS resulted in the recovery of what is believed to be the remains of five crew members of the aircraft. Of this number three of the bodies were found by the site of the crash and another near Pyongyang. No positive identification could be made and group burial was made. Burial site: Pyongyang cemetery, Plot 1, Row 7, Grave 15.

 

WORMACK, Thelbert B., 2nd LT, AO 1908612

Category #3, F-51, (Missing 14 Aug 50)

(From: 5th AF, NR: D/I #11990, 14 Aug 50): The aircraft engine quit and the pilot was seen to bail out four to five miles northwest of Waegwan, Korea. He landed, got free of his parachute and ran toward a rice paddy. Four or Five North Korean soldiers were seen in the area.

 

ZEIGLER, Joseph P.,1st Lt, AO 2224628

Category #3, F-84, (Missing 23 Apr 53

(From: 49th Ftr Bmr Wg, Cite: 83 DP, AG #D 6336, 23 Apr 53): The pilot called that he was hit and was bailing out in the vicinity of (BT 718915). A parachute was observed to open. Lt ZEIGLER was heard to make a transmission on URC-4, "Do you read me?"

 

JOHN R. CURTIS
1st LT, USAF
OIC, Evasion and Escape Section