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#Name (↑)First NamesRankMilitary ServiceHonoursStatusAircraft TypeTail NumberDateIncident (↑)SquadronGroup or WingCircumstances Of Incident        Notes        Links        Photo          
1 B-29A Superfortress44-622871951-05-07This aircraft was damaged by AAA at Pyongyang
2 B-29A Superfortress44-699771951-03-01One of ten American aircraft purportedly damaged by Russian MiGs. According to Russian reports, this particular aircraft was hit by AAA at close range by Soviet pilot Porfiriy Borisovich Oysyannikov. The aircraft was not destroyed.
3 USAFB-29A Superfortress44-864521951-05-07AAA damage over Pyongyang
4 B-29A Superfortress44-86446 Lady in Dis-Dress1952-12-30This aircraft was damaged by MiGs on December 30, 1952, had a wing fire, and crashed in Tokyo. No further information has been found. Plane repaired and scrapped in 1954.
5 AaronGeorge NMI1LT USAFRCVB-29A Superfortress44-69682 Hot Box1951-04-1293rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bombardment WingAttacked by 15-20 MiGs, No. 2 engine and then entire wing caught fire, exploded, crashed into mountain, tail gunner of B-29 6323 observed crash, no parachutes observed but there is strong evidence that some of the crew survived the attack and were taken POW.New York, New York - born July 16, 1917. Served 1942 - 1951. He survived this particular crash but later reports stated that he died April 22, 1951 during friendly fire strafing. Remains returned 1994. Interned Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
6 AaronsonPhilip NMI SSGT USAFRMCB-29A Superfortress45-218141950-11-10371st Bmb Sq307th Bmb WgThis aircraft was shot down by MiGs about seven miles southwest of Kusong, North Korea while on a bombing mission near the Yalu River on November 10, 1950. This B-29 of the 307th BW, 371th BS was part of a formation of seven and had a escort of F4U Corsairs. 45-21814 was shot down by one MiG-15 of the 139th GIAP flown by Maj. G.I. Kharkovskii. His wingman St/Lt Akimov also claimed a second B-29, but was the same aircraft attacked by Kharkovskii. Wreckage sighted. 45-21814 was the second B-29 destroyed by MiGs in November 1950. Attacked by 6 MiG-15s, downed by MiG -- 7 mi SW of Kusong, NK, wreckage sightedGunner. PoW repatriated
7 AbercrombieNorman TCAPT USAFRSCB-29A Superfortress45-21822 Heavenly Laden / Destination Known1952-01-29344th Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgEngine fire, crashed in Tokyo area near Yokohama, 5 mi W of Yokosuka, crew bailed out successfully
8 AbneyDonald LA2C USAFRCVB-29A Superfortress44-698181953-07-0728th Bmb Sq19th Bmb WgOn tactical mission, poor weather at recovery airfields, low on fuel, crashed during landing approach at K-3 (Pohang)
9 AbplanalpBobby DSGT USAFRSCB-29A Superfortress44-619321951-10-24343rd Bmb Sq98th Bmb Wg40-70 MiGs attacked formation, damaged, crew bailed out over Wonsan Harbor near Tri-yom-do, US Navy aircraft flew RESCAP over the crew, small craft and destroyers
10 AbrahamsonGerald DA2C USAFRMCB-29A Superfortress42-653571953-01-2928th Bombardment Squadron19thDowned by MiGs at night 10-12 mi S of Pyongyang (18 mi E of Sariwon)
11 AdamsDonald LesterCAPT USAFNBDB-29A Superfortress44-61751 Lubricating Lady1952-10-3193rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bombardment WingFlew its fourth combat mission on October 31, 1952. On the mission the plane lost three engines and was ditched nine miles northwest of Kadena Air Base. There were only three survivors. B-29 flight crew member Frank 'Bud' Farrell believes this aircraft had more than four missions. He stated, 'We were the last crew to successfully fly it before its loss...a jinxed aircraft , flew it a few times, combat, test hops, and last time 93rd Bomb Squadron.' Crashed 9 mi NW of Kadena AB, Okinawa, 35 mi E of Ie-Shima, poss due to fuel starvation, extensive SAR effort
Extra Navigator. Missing. MIA. Service number was 2072604. Born March 20, 1925 Pettis County MI. Navigator. Remembered Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial, Korean War Memorial,
12 AdamsJames QSSGT USAFRSCB-29A Superfortress44-622521951-04-12371st Bmb Sq307th Bmb WgThis B-29A-70-BN Superfortress was part of a three-wing formation aimed at destroying bridges across the Yalu river at Sinuiju and Antung on April 12, 1951. This was a dangerous daylight mission that was so disastrous for the Air Force that on the following days the planes were painted back on the bottom and scheduled for safer night time raids. The aircraft was acting as the electronics countermeasure aircraft for that particular bombing mission. Its job was to confuse enemy ground radar through the use of electronic jamming equipment combined with the dropping of aluminum foil strips called chaff. It was in the slot (last) position of the 2nd group (of three groups) which put it in the middle of the three groups. There was some space between each group. This B-29 had some engine trouble (from age) causing it to slow down, so rather than force its own group to slow down it dropped from the last spot of the 2nd group back to become the lead plane of the next group (the 22nd Bomb Squadron). It was during this brief unfortunate window that the Russian piloted MiG-15's attacked, finding a lone B-29 all by itself between two groups. The aircraft was damaged by the MiG-15's. A fire erupted forcing seven crew members to bail out; they became POWs. The remaining crew managed to extinguish the fire and nursed the aircraft back to Suwon AFB, South Korea. Although badly damaged, the crew did not attempt to land but bailed out, leaving the aircraft to crash into a hill near Suwon, ten miles south of Seoul. Tail section damaged by MiGs while attacking Sinuiju RR bridge across Yalu, crashed into hill near Suwon (10 mi S of Seoul)Adams, S/Sgt James Q. - Radio Operator (rescued)
13 AdamsJohn Howard1LT USAFAir Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.MIAB-29A Superfortress44-62183 Hot to Go1952-06-1028th Bombardment Squadron19th Bombardment WingNight msn, downed by MiG using rockets, exploded in mid-air near Kwaksan, NK. This aircraft was one of two B-29s shot down near Kwakson, North Korea, during a night mission on June 10, 1952, by Russian MiG pilot Anatoly Karelin. All but one crew member was missing in action. Captain Brom was repatriated during Operation Big Switch in 1953. Destroyed in combat 10 June 1952: While on a bombing mission over Gwaksan, the heavy bomber was shot down by the Soviet pilot Anatoly Karelin and crashed near Sinmi-do Island. A sole crew member survived and became POW, while 12 other occupants were killed.

According to USAF records, a B-29 (44-62183) was reported "destroyed in a mid-air explosion and observed falling to earth in three burning sections. According to statements of 16 witnesses from accompanying aircraft, no parachutes were observed and the possibility of anyone surviving was small. However, at least one member of the crew, Anton Brom, survived the explosion, was held as a POW and subsequently repatriated"

According to Russian records: "Russian. TFR 272: Russian Operational Summary No. 00613 from the Headquarters of the Soviet 64th IAK reports “the aircraft explosion and the retreat of two burning B-29s were observed by search light crews...according to Korean and Chinese comrades, one B-29 fell into the sea 20 km SE of Simni-do and exploded. Up to four cutters approached the area where the aircraft fell.” A second paragraph confirms that “During the night of 10-11 June 1952, night fighters shot down three B-29 aircraft and damaged one other. The corpses of 8 American pilots were found, as well as debris from one aircraft.”
Service Number: AO2061322 Born: February 14, 1923 Los Angeles. Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. Remembered at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington.
14 AdamsRobert HCAPT USAFNBDB-29A Superfortress44-620831952-01-31372nd Bombardment Squadron
307th BombardmentAttached to the 207th Bomb Wing, this aircraft left Kadena AFB on a routine combat mission on January 31 1952. Last contact with the plane was at 302154L, 100 miles north of Kadena. According to the son of Capt. Robert Richard Hebert, 'He was my father. His hometown was San Bernardino, California. He was pilot of a B-29 stationed in Okinawa during the Korean War. He was Caucasian. He was declared MIA when his B-29 was lost on a training mission in the Sea of Japan. Speculation among others stationed in Okinawa was that bomb aboard the aircraft detonated accidentally in route to their target killing everyone onboard.'MIA
15 AdlerJunior M1LT USAFMIAB-29A Superfortress44-863711951-05-07345th Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgHit by AAA over Pyongyang, damaged No. 3 & 4 engines hit which possibly caused explosion, lost wing, 4-5 chutes observed, Navy SA-16 and USS Bataan fighter aircraft conducted SAR effort with negative results.MIA
16 AkinsLarry BSGT USAFMIAB-29A Superfortress44-862681951-04-07371st Bmb Sq307th Bmb WgCombat mission over N. Korea, F-84s escorting, damaged by 2 MiG-15s, two engines out, pilot ordered bail out, crashed into the water 4 mi off NW N. Korea, 7 fighter aircraft and three SAR aircraft participated in SAR effort. One crewman was rescued.MIA
17 Alexander Richard LCSAPT USAFRSCB-29A Superfortress44-617761952-04-01343rd Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgLost Nr. 1 & 4 engines enroute to secondary target, successful bail-out approx. 3 mi N of Kansong
18 Allen Jr. Charles E1LT USAFNBDB-29A Superfortress44-620831952-01-31372nd Bombardment Squadron
307th BombardmentAttached to the 207th Bomb Wing, this aircraft left Kadena AFB on a routine combat mission on January 31 1952. Last contact with the plane was at 302154L, 100 miles north of Kadena. According to the son of Capt. Robert Richard Hebert, 'He was my father. His hometown was San Bernardino, California. He was pilot of a B-29 stationed in Okinawa during the Korean War. He was Caucasian. He was declared MIA when his B-29 was lost on a training mission in the Sea of Japan. Speculation among others stationed in Okinawa was that bomb aboard the aircraft detonated accidentally in route to their target killing everyone onboard.'MIA
19 Almack Robert B1LT USAFRSCB-29A Superfortress44-862471951-11-18344th Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgCrashed on take-off at Yokota Air Base, no crew fatalities
20 Anderson Clarence DSSGT USAFINJB-29A Superfortress44-622791950-10-1933rd Bombardment Squadron22nd Bmb WgThis aircraft developed an engine fire in the climb after takeoff. Steps taken to maintain flight caused the bombs on board to detonate and sever the control wires, and the plane crashed into the China Sea off the coast of Okinawa on October 19, 1950. There were numerous fatalities. #44-62279 was the only B-29 loss of the 22d Bomb Group. Lt. Col. Willard W. Wilson in a letter provides further details:

'....Briefly this is what happened: On 19 October 1950 Captain Gandin took off as a member of Major Martin's crew for a combat mission against North Korea at approximately 04:17 a.m. Shortly after take off some sort of trouble developed in their number one engine which required that they salvo their bombs to lighten the aircraft, which action would have enabled them to return to the base. Although the bombs were dropped in a safe condition, some of them exploded on impact with the sea. Fragments of the bombs severely damaged the airplane to the extent that it was necessary to ditch in the sea about five miles from the end of the runway. Our Air Rescue Service was at the scene of the accident only a few minutes after it occurred. Unfortunately David was not one of the three survivors.

Let me assure you that Major Martin was one of the most skillful pilots with whom I have been privileged to serve. Investigation has revealed that every course of action taken by him to avoid the accident was proper and in accordance with existing approved procedures. Why the bombs exploded we cannot explain except to say that high explosive is at best unpredictable when roughly handled or released from a fast moving aircraft even though every safety precaution is taken. I can also assure you that David did not suffer in any way. I was personally near the scene of the accident a few minutes after it occurred.'
Injured
21 Anderson Henry 1LTUSAFINJB-29A Superfortress42-65369 Black Sheep or City of Jackson1951-04-0693rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bmb GpFollowing the Yalu River Bridge mission, this B-29-30-MO Superfortress was destroyed by fire less than 10 kilometers from the airport at Kadena AFB in Okinawa on April 6, 1951. One of the main landing grear failed on touchdown. The aircraft went out of control and came to rest in flames. All 14 crew members were rescued, but some of them were injured. Crash landed at Kadena AB, Okinawa, gear failed
22 Andrews Elberon GSGT USAFWIAB-29A Superfortress44-621081951-04-10343rd Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgNight intruder mission against Sinanju/Kunu-ri, two engines out, crash landed at Taegu AB, total loss due to battle damage
23 Angstman Forrest B1LT USAFRCVB-29A Superfortress44-62166 Fujigmo1952-07-22307th Bmb WgEngine fire, exploded, crashed NE of Ocho-o, South Korea (midway btwn K-3 and K-18)Killed.
24 Apodaca Jose ASGT USAFRSCB-29A Superfortress44-698661950-07-1228th Bmb Sq19th Bmb WgDamaged by three Yak-9s near Seoul, engine fire, crew bailed out at 1520L. It was the first B-29 loss to enemy fighters in the Korean War. The plane was written off as too damaged to repair.Rescued
25 Archerd James OMSGT USAFRCVB-29A Superfortress44-622791950-10-1933rd Bombardment Squadron22nd Bmb WgThis aircraft developed an engine fire in the climb after takeoff. Steps taken to maintain flight caused the bombs on board to detonate and sever the control wires, and the plane crashed into the China Sea off the coast of Okinawa on October 19, 1950. There were numerous fatalities. #44-62279 was the only B-29 loss of the 22d Bomb Group. Lt. Col. Willard W. Wilson in a letter provides further details:

'....Briefly this is what happened: On 19 October 1950 Captain Gandin took off as a member of Major Martin's crew for a combat mission against North Korea at approximately 04:17 a.m. Shortly after take off some sort of trouble developed in their number one engine which required that they salvo their bombs to lighten the aircraft, which action would have enabled them to return to the base. Although the bombs were dropped in a safe condition, some of them exploded on impact with the sea. Fragments of the bombs severely damaged the airplane to the extent that it was necessary to ditch in the sea about five miles from the end of the runway. Our Air Rescue Service was at the scene of the accident only a few minutes after it occurred. Unfortunately David was not one of the three survivors.

Let me assure you that Major Martin was one of the most skillful pilots with whom I have been privileged to serve. Investigation has revealed that every course of action taken by him to avoid the accident was proper and in accordance with existing approved procedures. Why the bombs exploded we cannot explain except to say that high explosive is at best unpredictable when roughly handled or released from a fast moving aircraft even though every safety precaution is taken. I can also assure you that David did not suffer in any way. I was personally near the scene of the accident a few minutes after it occurred.'
Body recovered
26 Ardoin Sherley BCPL USAFRCVB-29A Superfortress44-86400 Heart's Desire1952-03-31344th Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgFour minutes after take-off, struck a small hill near village of Daimon, 6 mi NW of Yokota AB, Japan and burnedAlso known as The Big Gass Bird and Chotto Matte. Killed, body recovered. Service Number: AF18210372 Born: November 12, 1929 Home Or Place Of Enlistment Black Bayou, Louisiana
27 Argetis James 1LTUSAFMIAB-29A Superfortress44-87734 Double Whammy1952-01-2393rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bmb WgThis aircraft crashed into the Sea of Japan between Okinawa and southern Korea north of Chinnampo on January 23, 1952 after a run-away propeller sheared and cut the fuselage. Missing btwn Okinawa and southern Korea, crashed N of Chinnampo, SAR effort negative.MIA
28 Armstrong Harold A2LT USAFRSCB-29A Superfortress44-622521951-04-12371st Bmb Sq307th Bmb WgThis B-29A-70-BN Superfortress was part of a three-wing formation aimed at destroying bridges across the Yalu river at Sinuiju and Antung on April 12, 1951. This was a dangerous daylight mission that was so disastrous for the Air Force that on the following days the planes were painted back on the bottom and scheduled for safer night time raids. The aircraft was acting as the electronics countermeasure aircraft for that particular bombing mission. Its job was to confuse enemy ground radar through the use of electronic jamming equipment combined with the dropping of aluminum foil strips called chaff. It was in the slot (last) position of the 2nd group (of three groups) which put it in the middle of the three groups. There was some space between each group. This B-29 had some engine trouble (from age) causing it to slow down, so rather than force its own group to slow down it dropped from the last spot of the 2nd group back to become the lead plane of the next group (the 22nd Bomb Squadron). It was during this brief unfortunate window that the Russian piloted MiG-15's attacked, finding a lone B-29 all by itself between two groups. The aircraft was damaged by the MiG-15's. A fire erupted forcing seven crew members to bail out; they became POWs. The remaining crew managed to extinguish the fire and nursed the aircraft back to Suwon AFB, South Korea. Although badly damaged, the crew did not attempt to land but bailed out, leaving the aircraft to crash into a hill near Suwon, ten miles south of Seoul. Tail section damaged by MiGs while attacking Sinuiju RR bridge across Yalu, crashed into hill near Suwon (10 mi S of Seoul)Armstrong, 2nd Lt. Harold A. - Co-pilot (rescued)
29 Aschenbrenner Leroy ECAPT USAFRCVB-29A Superfortress44-62166 Fujigmo1952-07-22307th Bmb WgEngine fire, exploded, crashed NE of Ocho-o, South Korea (midway btwn K-3 and K-18)Killed. Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington.
30 Ashcraft (Ashcroft ?) Floyd DMSGT USAFKilledB-29A Superfortress44-61835 Dragon Lady1951-10-3130th Bmb Sq19th Bmb GpDragon Lady blew up shortly after take-off, 40 miles north of Kadena, when its #3 engine caught fire and a wing blew off. All but two crew members perishedKilled. Group Burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
31 Ashley Jr. Gilbert L1LT USAFMIAB-29A Superfortress42-653571953-01-2928th Bombardment Squadron19th Bombardment WingDowned by MiGs at night 10-12 mi S of Pyongyang (18 mi E of Sariwon)
32 AttingerDouglas EarlA2C USAFAir Medal, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.MIAB-29A Superfortress44-61967 Miss Jackie The Rebel1952-06-1030th Bmb Sq19th Bmb WgHit by AAA near RR Bridge at Kwakson NK, last contact at 101315ZMiddleburg PA October 6, 1932 Service number was 13394320 Remembered Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington

Shot down by Soviet pilot Studilin in the region of Sensen-Tetsyuzan (near the railroad bridge at Kwakson, North Korea). Attacked four times. First unsuccessful owing to distance. Second attack engine on the left wing caught fire. Fourth attack an engine on the right wing caught fire. Plane exploded and crashed 15-20 kilometers southeast of the Tetsyuzan peninsula into the sea. Last positive radio transmission made on VHF at control point 38°15' N. 124°51' E. There were no distress signals or further transmissions of any sort. No further sightings of the aircraft were made and when reported overdue at 03:15 hours (local time) 11 June 1952. A search of the area was instituted with negative result. All 14 crew members were killed.


33 Avery Charles TTSGT USAFMIAB-29A Superfortress44-862681951-04-07371st Bmb Sq307th Bmb WgCombat mission over N. Korea, F-84s escorting, damaged by 2 MiG-15s, two engines out, pilot ordered bail out, crashed into the water 4 mi off NW N. Korea, 7 fighter aircraft and three SAR aircraft participated in SAR effort. One crewman was rescued.MIA
34 AyersMerle Truman2LT USAFRCVB-29A Superfortress44-698021952-09-1390th Bmb Sq19th Bmb WgOn a combat mission, the aircraft's wings iced up and caused the aircraft to stall and crash 21 miles southwest of Kangnung, South Korea (near Hyolchon-ni). Only one crew member was rescued. The remains of the others were recovered.KIA
35 BaconRaymond RCPLUSAFMIAB-29A Superfortress44-863711951-05-07345th Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgHit by AAA over Pyongyang, damaged No. 3 & 4 engines hit which possibly caused explosion, lost wing, 4-5 chutes observed, Navy SA-16 and USS Bataan fighter aircraft conducted SAR effort with negative results.MIA
36 BaderMorton WCAPTUSAFRSCB-29A Superfortress44-617761952-04-01343rd Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgLost Nr. 1 & 4 engines enroute to secondary target, successful bail-out approx. 3 mi N of Kansong
37 Bader Morton W B-29A Superfortress44-617761952-04-01Kanson g, Korea
38 BadzikJohn RudolphUSAFB-29A Superfortress44-61925 Chief Spokane: The Red Eraser1952-01-30This aircraft crashed at Kadena AFB following an in-flight fire in its #1 engine. The aircraft was destroyed by fire. One crew member died in the fire.IP
39 BakerAllen F1LTUSAFRCVB-29A Superfortress45-217211952-02-07345th Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgCrashed after take-off 3 mi NW of Yokota AB, initial SAR effort negative
40 BakerThomas CSSGTUSAFRCVB-29A Superfortress44-69803 Loaded 'Leven1952-02-28344th Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgAt 1612 hours on February 28, 1952, this plane departed on a bombing mission. The #2 engine was smoking heavily at takeoff. Five minutes after coast-in, #2 began vibrating. Excessive vibration continued and one engine burst into flames. The order was given to bail out at 14,000 feet. The plane crashed 15 miles southwest of Kaesong, North Korea at 2042 hours. Engine problems, most of crew bailed out in extreme NE corner of the Punchbowl, VMO-6 SAR effortRemains recovered
41 BakichMichael AMSGTUSAFRCVB-29A Superfortress44-273261951-09-13372nd Bombardment Squadron
307th Bmb WgCrashed into mountain near Taeam-dong, approx 3.5 mi NE of K-2 (Taegu)
42 BallashJoseph C1LTUSAFRSCB-29A Superfortress44-617761952-04-01343rd Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgLost Nr. 1 & 4 engines enroute to secondary target, successful bail-out approx. 3 mi N of Kansong
43 BanchieraCharles 1LTUSAFINJB-29A Superfortress42-65369 Black Sheep or City of Jackson1951-04-0693rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bmb GpFollowing the Yalu River Bridge mission, this B-29-30-MO Superfortress was destroyed by fire less than 10 kilometers from the airport at Kadena AFB in Okinawa on April 6, 1951. One of the main landing grear failed on touchdown. The aircraft went out of control and came to rest in flames. All 14 crew members were rescued, but some of them were injured. Crash landed at Kadena AB, Okinawa, gear failed
44 BarnesBernard EugeneCAPTUSAFRCVB-29A Superfortress44-62167 Bust 'N The Blue1952-08-30344th Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgMissed approach, attempted to go around, crashed 4 mi NE of Taegu, SK near village of Sangdaegok-tongDetails of the bomber crash in which Capt. Bernard E. Barnes, former employee of the local Sears-Roebuck Store, was killed on Aug.29th have been received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.V. Barnes of Burnettsville, from Lt. Col. William F. Crawley. Crawley stated in his letter that on the night of 29th of August, 1952, Bernard and his crew members took off from air force base here in Japan for a combat mission over North Korea After reaching the target area it was necessary for them to make a second bombing run before the bombs could be released. As a result of this additional flying over the target it is probable that they did not have sufficient fuel to return all the way to Japan. It is assumed that the decision was made to land at one of our South Korean air force bases for fuel. The weather was poor with low clouds and light rain. The aircraft crashed into a hillside about 4 miles north of Taegu air force base, Korea, at 3:15 a. m. on Aug. 30, 1952. "All evidence points to the fact that Bernard and the other members of his crew were killed instantly, suffering neither pain nor anxiety." Colonel Crawley said Captain Barnes was well liked and respected by every member of his squadron. A navigator in World War II, he was recalled to active service in September, 1951. The others in the crew also were World War II veterans and all of them except Barnes had families.
45 Barnes Jr.George F1LTUSAFRMCB-29A Superfortress44-618021953-01-10372nd Bombardment Squadron
307th BombardmentAttached to 307th Bomb Wing, 372 Bomb Sqn, USAF, this B-29 was shot down by MiG damage in the Yalu River area, North Korea on January 10, 1953. The crew bailed out and the aircraft may have crashed into water. One crew member was MIA/KIA and the other 12 were taken POW and were repatriated during Big Switch after the truce was signed.PoW
46 BaroneAnthony JSSGTUSAFRSCB-29A Superfortress44-698661950-07-1228th Bmb Sq19th Bmb WgDamaged by three Yak-9s near Seoul, engine fire, crew bailed out at 1520L. It was the first B-29 loss to enemy fighters in the Korean War. The plane was written off as too damaged to repair.Rescued
47 BarrentineGeorge TMAJUSAFRCVB-29A Superfortress44-61835 Dragon Lady1951-10-3130th Bmb Sq19th Bmb GpDragon Lady blew up shortly after take-off, 40 miles north of Kadena, when its #3 engine caught fire and a wing blew off. All but two crew members perishedKilled. Service Number: 11617A Born: June 1, 1919 Group Burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
48 BarringtonEdgar FoyA1CUSAFMIAB-29A Superfortress44-62183 Hot to Go1952-06-1028th Bombardment Squadron19th Bombardment WingNight msn, downed by MiG using rockets, exploded in mid-air near Kwaksan, NK. This aircraft was one of two B-29s shot down near Kwakson, North Korea, during a night mission on June 10, 1952, by Russian MiG pilot Anatoly Karelin. All but one crew member was missing in action. Captain Brom was repatriated during Operation Big Switch in 1953. Destroyed in combat 10 June 1952: While on a bombing mission over Gwaksan, the heavy bomber was shot down by the Soviet pilot Anatoly Karelin and crashed near Sinmi-do Island. A sole crew member survived and became POW, while 12 other occupants were killed.

According to USAF records, a B-29 (44-62183) was reported "destroyed in a mid-air explosion and observed falling to earth in three burning sections. According to statements of 16 witnesses from accompanying aircraft, no parachutes were observed and the possibility of anyone surviving was small. However, at least one member of the crew, Anton Brom, survived the explosion, was held as a POW and subsequently repatriated"

According to Russian records: "Russian. TFR 272: Russian Operational Summary No. 00613 from the Headquarters of the Soviet 64th IAK reports “the aircraft explosion and the retreat of two burning B-29s were observed by search light crews...according to Korean and Chinese comrades, one B-29 fell into the sea 20 km SE of Simni-do and exploded. Up to four cutters approached the area where the aircraft fell.” A second paragraph confirms that “During the night of 10-11 June 1952, night fighters shot down three B-29 aircraft and damaged one other. The corpses of 8 American pilots were found, as well as debris from one aircraft.”
Service Number: AF14353783 Born: February 18, 1927 Live Oak, Florida
49 BaumerRobert Black1LTUSAFMIAB-29A Superfortress44-62183 Hot to Go1952-06-1028th Bombardment Squadron19th Bombardment WingNight msn, downed by MiG using rockets, exploded in mid-air near Kwaksan, NK. This aircraft was one of two B-29s shot down near Kwakson, North Korea, during a night mission on June 10, 1952, by Russian MiG pilot Anatoly Karelin. All but one crew member was missing in action. Captain Brom was repatriated during Operation Big Switch in 1953. Destroyed in combat 10 June 1952: While on a bombing mission over Gwaksan, the heavy bomber was shot down by the Soviet pilot Anatoly Karelin and crashed near Sinmi-do Island. A sole crew member survived and became POW, while 12 other occupants were killed.

According to USAF records, a B-29 (44-62183) was reported "destroyed in a mid-air explosion and observed falling to earth in three burning sections. According to statements of 16 witnesses from accompanying aircraft, no parachutes were observed and the possibility of anyone surviving was small. However, at least one member of the crew, Anton Brom, survived the explosion, was held as a POW and subsequently repatriated"

According to Russian records: "Russian. TFR 272: Russian Operational Summary No. 00613 from the Headquarters of the Soviet 64th IAK reports “the aircraft explosion and the retreat of two burning B-29s were observed by search light crews...according to Korean and Chinese comrades, one B-29 fell into the sea 20 km SE of Simni-do and exploded. Up to four cutters approached the area where the aircraft fell.” A second paragraph confirms that “During the night of 10-11 June 1952, night fighters shot down three B-29 aircraft and damaged one other. The corpses of 8 American pilots were found, as well as debris from one aircraft.”
50 BayerOscar 2LTUSAFWIAB-29A Superfortress44-621081951-04-10343rd Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgNight intruder mission against Sinanju/Kunu-ri, two engines out, crash landed at Taegu AB, total loss due to battle damage
51 BeachBilly GSergeantUSAFB-29A SuperfortressAF143119031951-04-1228th Bmb Sq19th Bmb Wg2 MIG-15 Victory
52 BealLawrence WalworthMAJUSAFPurple HeartRCVB-29A Superfortress44-86273 Lil' Darlin1951-10-14345th Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgThis aircraft crashed into the Yokota Bowling Alley and Clothing Sales while returning from a combat mission. Returning from combat msn, 1 engine out, crash landed at Yokota ABKilled. Born: January 28, 1918 28 Jan 1918 Adrian, Lenawee County, Michigan, USA Lived in Tucson AZ. Service number was 390087. His remains were recovered. From family: My name is Linda Diane Beal Caywood, Lawrence Beal's Daughter. I was 4 years old at the time of his death. My mother Dorothy Olson Beal and my brother David Lawrence are both deceased. However, Larry's brother Maurice Walworth of Grass Lake, MI, and sisters Mildred Sharp of Mesa, AZ, and Marian Hill of Texas are still living as of Sept. 1, 2001. He also has grandchildren and great- grandchildren living in Tucson, AZ. May 30th, 1954, there was a dedication in his honor, of the ball field (Beal Field),at Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson. Buried South Lawn Memorial Park, Tucson, Az Remembered Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington.

53 BealeGeorge W1LTUSAFRMCB-29A Superfortress44-863571951-08-24372nd Bombardment Squadron
307th Bmb WgHit by AAA near Sunchon, crew bailed out, aircraft exploded 11 miles W of Sunan, NK, (between Sunan and Kowan-ni)PoW Repatriated
54 BearGilbert SSGTUSAFRSCB-29A Superfortress44-619231950-07-13325th Bmb Sq92nd Bmb GpWhile attempting to salvo bomb load at Oki-Gunto, one bomb prematurely exploded, crashed near Dogo Island, Japan, five crewmembers successfully bailed out and were
55 BearGilbertSSGTUSAFRSCB-29A Superfortress44-61923 Hoxie's Hoax1950-07-13325th Bmb Sq92nd Bmb GpWhile attempting to salvo bomb load at Oki-Gunto, one bomb prematurely exploded, crashed near Dogo Island, Japan, five crewmembers successfully bailed out and wereLance Hoxie, the son of Capt. Thomas Hoxie provided this insight into the accident:

Captain Thomas Hoxie was an aircraft commander in the 9BG, headquartered at Fairchild AFB in Spokane, WA in 1950 when the group was deployed to the Far East. Captain Allen (Tommy) Thomas, a member of the Hoxie’s Hoax crew, was also rated as a 'pilot.' Hoxie and Thomas took turns as aircraft commander on missions, with the other serving as co-pilot. During an early mission to Korea, Hoxie’s Hoax (serial #44-61923) was lead aircraft in the attacking squadron with Thomas Hoxie in the left (A/C's) seat. At some point over the Japan Sea (on the way to the bombing run) Hoxie’s Hoax lost an engine, dropped out of the formation and began a return to its base. In order to maintain altitude, the bomb load was salvoed over the Sea. One 500 lb bomb hung up in the racks. While attempting to release the bomb, it detonated either within the bomb bay or immediately beneath the belly of the plane. The five who survived, including Hoxie and Thomas, salvaged a raft (no one knows how it got out of the plane, since it required a human effort to do so) and spent 36-48 hours at sea before a Japanese fishing vessel picked them up near Dojo Island. While official records may not comment on this, I recall that Dad indicated that they were never sure whether the bomb explosion was a result of a defect or that it had been sabotaged prior to the mission, adding, The last plane on the mission, allegedly saw the explosion, broke radio silence and notified the authorities. When the message was received in the radio shack, a Reuters reporter was there and immediately sent the report out. It was received by the Grand Rapids, MI newspaper (my Dad’s home town) and published before my Dad’s parents (our grandparents) were officially notified. The title of the article in the newspaper was something to the effect of 'Hometown Hero Missing in Action.'

56 Beissner Jr.Fred L1LTUSAFRSCB-29A Superfortress44-619401951-10-23372nd Bombardment Squadron
307th Bmb WgMiGs shot the left wing off the plane on October 23, 1951. When the plane engine caught fire, the B-29 headed for safety, but before it could get back to base the crew had to bail out in the Yellow Sea. Of the crew of 13, one was picked up after landing in the Yellow Sea by an Australian destroyer, one man's body was found the next day washed ashore. Five of the men were taken prisoners of war and returned in 1953. The remaining men were not heard from again. Damaged by MiGs near Namsi airfield, crashed 6 mi off coast of Chinnampo, 3rd ARSq SA-16 Dumbos participated in SAR effort, a total of approx 233 SAR missions flown,Rescued at sea. Co-pilot (died July 28, 2015)
57 BellJames LloydCPLUSAFMIAB-29A Superfortress44-87734 Double Whammy1952-01-2393rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bmb WgThis aircraft crashed into the Sea of Japan between Okinawa and southern Korea north of Chinnampo on January 23, 1952 after a run-away propeller sheared and cut the fuselage. Missing btwn Okinawa and southern Korea, crashed N of Chinnampo, SAR effort negative.MIA
58 BennettJack RSSGTUSAFRSCB-29A Superfortress44-61656 Cream of the Crop1951-10-2230th Bmb Sq19th Bmb WgShot down by Lt. Col. Alexsandr D. Smorchkov, Russian MiG pilot. The Silver Star citation awarded to the pilot (Bordeaux) provides an explanation of what happened to it and its crew on October 22, 1951. All crew members were rescued. Downed by 2-3 MiGs at 1517L, No. 1 engine and hydraulic system knocked out, crew successfully bailed out over Yellow Sea, 3rd ARS rescue
59 BergmannLouis HenrySGTUSAFAir Medal, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.MIAB-29A Superfortress44-69682 Hot Box1951-04-1293rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bombardment WingAttacked by 15-20 MiGs, No. 2 engine and then entire wing caught fire, exploded, crashed into mountain, tail gunner of B-29 6323 observed crash, no parachutes observed but there is strong evidence that some of the crew survived the attack and were taken POW.St. Paul, Minnesota - born May 01, 1926. Service number AF17124468 His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
60 BevansRobert WarrenSGTUSAFMIAB-29A Superfortress44-69682 Hot Box1951-04-1293rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bombardment WingAttacked by 15-20 MiGs, No. 2 engine and then entire wing caught fire, exploded, crashed into mountain, tail gunner of B-29 6323 observed crash, no parachutes observed but there is strong evidence that some of the crew survived the attack and were taken POW.San Rafael, California - born December 18, 1913. He survived this crash.
61 BichardRobert O'NealSGTUSAFPurple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.NBDB-29A Superfortress44-86415 Miss Manukie / Squeeze Play1951-09-19343rd Bombardment Squadron98th Bombardment WingOn leaflet dropping mission, ditched in Sea of Japan, extensive air and surface SAR effort negativeBorn: April 23, 1931 Orlando, Florida Service # AF14329988. MIA. Remembered Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington.
62 BighamDonald GCAPTUSAFPOWB-29A Superfortress42-939741951-11-09343rd Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgAircraft loss occurred during a night leaflet dropping mission. At 0025 hours on November 09, 1951, this aircraft was hit by flak but stayed aloft long enough to allow the crew to bail out over the friendly island of Paengyong-do. All but one crew member was rescued. Night leaflet dropping mission, hit by AAA near Chongju, crew bailed out over P-Y-do, SAR effort conductedHe was seen bailing out with a dinghy attached. POW - not returned
63 BirchDonald A1LTUSAFRSCB-29A Superfortress44-61656 Cream of the Crop1951-10-2230th Bmb Sq19th Bmb WgShot down by Lt. Col. Alexsandr D. Smorchkov, Russian MiG pilot. The Silver Star citation awarded to the pilot (Bordeaux) provides an explanation of what happened to it and its crew on October 22, 1951. All crew members were rescued. Downed by 2-3 MiGs at 1517L, No. 1 engine and hydraulic system knocked out, crew successfully bailed out over Yellow Sea, 3rd ARS rescue
64 BirdRobert J1LTUSAFMIAB-29A Superfortress44-863921952-11-19345th Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgDamaged by MiGs, crashed .5 mi N of Cho-do
65 BissonNorvin TSSGTUSAFWIAB-29A Superfortress44-862951951-10-23372nd Bombardment Squadron
307th Bmb WgDamaged by MiGs, landed at Kimpo AB (K-14)
66 BlackVance ELTCOLUSAFPOWB-29A Superfortress44-863711951-05-07345th Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgHit by AAA over Pyongyang, damaged No. 3 & 4 engines hit which possibly caused explosion, lost wing, 4-5 chutes observed, Navy SA-16 and USS Bataan fighter aircraft conducted SAR effort with negative results.PoW
67 BlackWayne F1LTUSAFPOWB-29A Superfortress44-619401951-10-23372nd Bombardment Squadron
307th Bmb WgMiGs shot the left wing off the plane on October 23, 1951. When the plane engine caught fire, the B-29 headed for safety, but before it could get back to base the crew had to bail out in the Yellow Sea. Of the crew of 13, one was picked up after landing in the Yellow Sea by an Australian destroyer, one man's body was found the next day washed ashore. Five of the men were taken prisoners of war and returned in 1953. The remaining men were not heard from again. Damaged by MiGs near Namsi airfield, crashed 6 mi off coast of Chinnampo, 3rd ARSq SA-16 Dumbos participated in SAR effort, a total of approx 233 SAR missions flown,MIA (radio operator)
68 BlakeErnest L1LTUSAFWIAB-29A SuperfortressUNK1952-06-1019th Bmb Wg Heavy AAA/MiG-15 damage during attack on Kwaksan RR Bridge, emergency landing at K-14
69 BlakeErnest L 'Ernie'BombardierB-29A Superfortress44-619021952-06-10According to Earl 'Mac' McGill, Apache was heavily damaged but survived. His website states: "Although KORWALD lists this tail number as unknown, a crewmember who was flying his last mission wrote that Apache was severely damaged by AAA and MiG cannon fire while bombing the Kwakson RR Bridge on 10 June 1952. This was the same night that two other B-29s, Hot to Go and Miss Jackie the Rebel were shot down over the same target. In March 2006 Bill Colvin verified (with photo) that Apache made it to Kimpo (K-14) with wounded aboard and was, in fact, the B-29 reported, sans tail number. Bill’s e-mail and photo finally brought all of the pieces of the puzzle together. Information received in April 2005 confirmed that this was also the tail number of our assigned B-29. We had planned to paint “Clusterphobia” on the nose, depicting four buxom SYTs prominently displaying their Air Medals. Alas, the lasses fell victim to Lemon Drop Kid, which took priority--and our artist’s free time. Clusterphobia became only a memory. “Apache” was also a nickname for the Indian on the 28BS insignia. Some online resources state that Apache took a direct hit from enemy fire, exploded, and it and its crew were disintegrated. However, MacGill told the KWE, "The information I posted on my web site (above) was well-researched and as correct as can possibly be established. This was a night mission and most of the crewmembers saw it hit, assumed that Apache did not survive past the target, when in fact it made it into K-14 (according to several accounts, including one from a ground observer)."Severely wounded
70 BlalockThomas E1LTUSAFINJB-29A Superfortress42-940721950-09-08371st Bmb Sq307th Bmb WgSuperfortress Bomber with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based a Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 8, 1950, while returning from a bombing mission over Korea, this aircraft crashed into the East China Sea five miles north of Okinawa, killing eight crew members. Crashed into E. China Sea 5 mi off Okinawa in 200 ft of water, extensive SAR effort conducted
71 BloeschFred E1LTUSAFMIAB-29A Superfortress44-863431952-09-13371st Bmb Sq307th Bmb WgHit by AAA and exploded in mid-air over Suiho Hydroelectric Plant
72 BloodKenneth 1LTUSAFWIAB-29A Superfortress16761950-11-14372nd Bombardment Squadron
307th Bmb WgDamaged by MiGs, crash landed into parked fighter aircraft at Kimpo
73 BlytheJohn JCAPTUSAFRSCB-29A Superfortress44-69656 Heart's Desire ll1951-03-18370th Bmb Sq307th Bmb WgEngine fire, some crew members bailed out off Okinawa, aircraft later recovered safely at Kadena AB, 2nd ARSq conducted air and land SAR effort in the Bolo Point area,Attacked by 6-9 MiGs while hitting bridge at Kogungong-dong, North Korea. Number 1 and 3 engines knocked out on March 18, 1951. There was a partial bailout.
74 BochnovicMichael2LTUSAFPurple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.MIAB-29A Superfortress44-61751 Lubricating Lady1952-10-3193rd Bombardment Squadron: Indian Outlaws
19th Bombardment WingFlew its fourth combat mission on October 31, 1952. On the mission the plane lost three engines and was ditched nine miles northwest of Kadena Air Base. There were only three survivors. B-29 flight crew member Frank 'Bud' Farrell believes this aircraft had more than four missions. He stated, 'We were the last crew to successfully fly it before its loss...a jinxed aircraft , flew it a few times, combat, test hops, and last time 93rd Bomb Squadron.' Crashed 9 mi NW of Kadena AB, Okinawa, 35 mi E of Ie-Shima, poss due to fuel starvation, extensive SAR effort
Navigator. MIA. Born May 08, 1930 Jersey City NJ. Lieutenant. Service number was 2222995. Navigator. Remembered Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington
75 BonneyBuddy JoeA1CUSAFAir Medal, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.MIAB-29A Superfortress44-61967 Miss Jackie The Rebel1952-06-1030th Bmb Sq19th Bmb WgHit by AAA near RR Bridge at Kwakson NK, last contact at 101315ZCape Girardeau, Missouri

Shot down by Soviet pilot Studilin in the region of Sensen-Tetsyuzan (near the railroad bridge at Kwakson, North Korea). Attacked four times. First unsuccessful owing to distance. Second attack engine on the left wing caught fire. Fourth attack an engine on the right wing caught fire. Plane exploded and crashed 15-20 kilometers southeast of the Tetsyuzan peninsula into the sea. Last positive radio transmission made on VHF at control point 38°15' N. 124°51' E. There were no distress signals or further transmissions of any sort. No further sightings of the aircraft were made and when reported overdue at 03:15 hours (local time) 11 June 1952. A search of the area was instituted with negative result. All 14 crew members were killed.
76 BordeauxLyle BCAPTUSAFINJB-29A Superfortress44-61656 Cream of the Crop1951-10-2230th Bmb Sq19th Bmb WgShot down by Lt. Col. Alexsandr D. Smorchkov, Russian MiG pilot. The Silver Star citation awarded to the pilot (Bordeaux) provides an explanation of what happened to it and its crew on October 22, 1951. All crew members were rescued. Downed by 2-3 MiGs at 1517L, No. 1 engine and hydraulic system knocked out, crew successfully bailed out over Yellow Sea, 3rd ARS rescueInjured. Silver Star citation: Headquarters, Far East Air Force General Orders No. 551 - November 26, 1951: 'The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain Lyle B. Bordeaux, United States Air Force, for gallantry in action on 22 October 1951 as a B-29 Aircraft Commander, 30th Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group (Medium), FIFTH Air Force. While on a strike against the vital Taechon airfield in Korea. Captain Bordeaux's aircraft was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire. Displaying outstanding flying skill, Captain Bordeaux retained control of the aircraft and managed to drop his bombs on the target. Shortly afterwards, several members of the crew were wounded when the aircraft was hit by enemy fighters. With two engines out, Captain Bordeaux unable to maintain altitude, and with almost all flight controls shot away, piloted his crippled aircraft to a friendly island near Seoul, Korea, in order to avoid abandoning the plane over enemy lines. Steadily losing altitude, Captain Bordeaux circled the small island until all members of the crew had parachuted to safety. At that time, with the aircraft impossible to control, Captain Bordeaux bailed out at an altitude of less than 1,000 feet. His skillful handling of this critical situation resulted in the rescue of all twelve crew men without serious injury. Captain Bordeaux's courage, skill and devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Forces, and the United States Air Force.'
Bordeaux receives Silver Star and Purple Heart from Brig Gen Joe Kelly
77 BorumRalph Lee1LTUSAFPurple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.RCVB-29A Superfortress44-86273 Lil' Darlin1951-10-14345th Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgThis aircraft crashed into the Yokota Bowling Alley and Clothing Sales while returning from a combat mission. Returning from combat msn, 1 engine out, crash landed at Yokota ABKilled. Remains recovered. Service Number AO-807971 Born Memphis, Tennessee
78 BotterWilliam JSSGTUSAFPOWB-29A Superfortress44-619401951-10-23372nd Bombardment Squadron
307th Bmb WgMiGs shot the left wing off the plane on October 23, 1951. When the plane engine caught fire, the B-29 headed for safety, but before it could get back to base the crew had to bail out in the Yellow Sea. Of the crew of 13, one was picked up after landing in the Yellow Sea by an Australian destroyer, one man's body was found the next day washed ashore. Five of the men were taken prisoners of war and returned in 1953. The remaining men were not heard from again. Damaged by MiGs near Namsi airfield, crashed 6 mi off coast of Chinnampo, 3rd ARSq SA-16 Dumbos participated in SAR effort, a total of approx 233 SAR missions flown,MIA/POW (flight engineer)
79 BowdenArthur JSSGTUSAFRCVB-29A Superfortress44-61835 Dragon Lady1951-10-3130th Bmb Sq19th Bmb GpDragon Lady blew up shortly after take-off, 40 miles north of Kadena, when its #3 engine caught fire and a wing blew off. All but two crew members perishedKilled
80 BowmanHoward L1LTUSAFSurvivedB-29A Superfortress44-62237 Tondemonai/Eight Ball1952-08-06345th Bomber Squadron98th Bomber WingAt an altitude of 150 feet following take-off on a combat mission, #4 engine caught on fire. At an altitude of 500 feet, #2 engine caught fire. Bombs were salvoed. Then two explosions from #2 engine occurred. The aircraft went out of control. The crew started bailing out at an altitude of approximately 650 feet. There were three fatalities.Pilot

Back Row, L to R: 2nd Lt. Orville Funk, Radar; 1st Lt. James Solomons, A/C; 2nd Lt. Howard Bowman, Pilot; Capt. Charles Westfall, Navigator; 1st Lt. Bob Quackenbush, Bombardier.
Front Row, L to R: Stephan Rotolo, Right Gunner; Ed Galligan, Left Gunner; Kerrin Coyne, Tail Gunner; William R. Steele, CFC Gunner; Howard Higley Radio; (missing from picture: Wally Hathaway, Flight Engineer.
81 BrandJohn H1LTUSAFRSCB-29A Superfortress44-622521951-04-12371st Bmb Sq307th Bmb WgThis B-29A-70-BN Superfortress was part of a three-wing formation aimed at destroying bridges across the Yalu river at Sinuiju and Antung on April 12, 1951. This was a dangerous daylight mission that was so disastrous for the Air Force that on the following days the planes were painted back on the bottom and scheduled for safer night time raids. The aircraft was acting as the electronics countermeasure aircraft for that particular bombing mission. Its job was to confuse enemy ground radar through the use of electronic jamming equipment combined with the dropping of aluminum foil strips called chaff. It was in the slot (last) position of the 2nd group (of three groups) which put it in the middle of the three groups. There was some space between each group. This B-29 had some engine trouble (from age) causing it to slow down, so rather than force its own group to slow down it dropped from the last spot of the 2nd group back to become the lead plane of the next group (the 22nd Bomb Squadron). It was during this brief unfortunate window that the Russian piloted MiG-15's attacked, finding a lone B-29 all by itself between two groups. The aircraft was damaged by the MiG-15's. A fire erupted forcing seven crew members to bail out; they became POWs. The remaining crew managed to extinguish the fire and nursed the aircraft back to Suwon AFB, South Korea. Although badly damaged, the crew did not attempt to land but bailed out, leaving the aircraft to crash into a hill near Suwon, ten miles south of Seoul. Tail section damaged by MiGs while attacking Sinuiju RR bridge across Yalu, crashed into hill near Suwon (10 mi S of Seoul)Brand, 1st Lt. John H. - Bombardier (rescued)
82 BrandtShirley R1LTUSAFNIJB-29A Superfortress44-62281 Fireball1951-05-0798th Bmb Wg Hit by AAA over Pyongyang, damaged No. 3 & 4 engines hit which possibly caused explosion, lost wing, 4-5 chutes observed, Navy SA-16 and USS Bataan fighter aircraft conducted SAR effort with negative results.Alternative Version: Damaged by AAA over Pyongyang on May 07, 1951, recovered at Yokota AB, Japan. Its crewmembers observed loss of 44-86371 and three chutes leaving that aircraft. "Fireball" was first assigned to the 345th about 1947-48 and flew with the 98th to Okinawa in 1948 and to Sculthorp, England in 1949. It deployed to Yokota in 1950 and survived two years of combat. It returned to the U.S. in 1952 and was dropped from inventory as surplus in February 1957.
83 BrendleDillman LSSGTUSAFPOWB-29A Superfortress45-218141950-11-10371st Bmb Sq307th Bmb WgThis aircraft was shot down by MiGs about seven miles southwest of Kusong, North Korea while on a bombing mission near the Yalu River on November 10, 1950. This B-29 of the 307th BW, 371th BS was part of a formation of seven and had a escort of F4U Corsairs. 45-21814 was shot down by one MiG-15 of the 139th GIAP flown by Maj. G.I. Kharkovskii. His wingman St/Lt Akimov also claimed a second B-29, but was the same aircraft attacked by Kharkovskii. Wreckage sighted. 45-21814 was the second B-29 destroyed by MiGs in November 1950. Attacked by 6 MiG-15s, downed by MiG -- 7 mi SW of Kusong, NK, wreckage sightedPoW. Remains recovered
84 BrennanJohn PCAPTUSAFRSCB-29A Superfortress44-862471951-11-18344th Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgCrashed on take-off at Yokota Air Base, no crew fatalities
85 BrineDonald ESSGTUSAFKIAB-29A Superfortress42-940721950-09-08371st Bmb Sq307th Bmb WgSuperfortress Bomber with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing based a Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On September 8, 1950, while returning from a bombing mission over Korea, this aircraft crashed into the East China Sea five miles north of Okinawa, killing eight crew members. Crashed into E. China Sea 5 mi off Okinawa in 200 ft of water, extensive SAR effort conducted
86 BristolRichard G2LTUSAFNBDB-29A Superfortress44-620831952-01-31372nd Bombardment Squadron
307th BombardmentAttached to the 207th Bomb Wing, this aircraft left Kadena AFB on a routine combat mission on January 31 1952. Last contact with the plane was at 302154L, 100 miles north of Kadena. According to the son of Capt. Robert Richard Hebert, 'He was my father. His hometown was San Bernardino, California. He was pilot of a B-29 stationed in Okinawa during the Korean War. He was Caucasian. He was declared MIA when his B-29 was lost on a training mission in the Sea of Japan. Speculation among others stationed in Okinawa was that bomb aboard the aircraft detonated accidentally in route to their target killing everyone onboard.'MIA
87 BrockPaul E1LTUSAFMIAB-29A Superfortress44-61815 Sunbonnet King also known as B.U.B. (Beat Up Bastard), Daaijobu/Moon's Moonbeam,1952-10-07Shot down by two Soviet LA-11 fighters near Yuri Island while on a photo mission over Northern Hokkaido on October 07, 1952. Three regular crew members did not fly that day. All eight remaining crew members were lost.MIA Co pilot
88 BrodeurRonald FCPLUSAFRCVB-29A Superfortress44-273261951-09-13372nd Bombardment Squadron
307th Bmb WgCrashed into mountain near Taeam-dong, approx 3.5 mi NE of K-2 (Taegu)
89 Brom Jr.Anton CAPTUSAFRMCB-29A Superfortress44-62183 Hot to Go1952-06-1028th Bombardment Squadron19th Bombardment WingNight msn, downed by MiG using rockets, exploded in mid-air near Kwaksan, NK. This aircraft was one of two B-29s shot down near Kwakson, North Korea, during a night mission on June 10, 1952, by Russian MiG pilot Anatoly Karelin. All but one crew member was missing in action. Captain Brom was repatriated during Operation Big Switch in 1953. Destroyed in combat 10 June 1952: While on a bombing mission over Gwaksan, the heavy bomber was shot down by the Soviet pilot Anatoly Karelin and crashed near Sinmi-do Island. A sole crew member survived and became POW, while 12 other occupants were killed.

According to USAF records, a B-29 (44-62183) was reported "destroyed in a mid-air explosion and observed falling to earth in three burning sections. According to statements of 16 witnesses from accompanying aircraft, no parachutes were observed and the possibility of anyone surviving was small. However, at least one member of the crew, Anton Brom, survived the explosion, was held as a POW and subsequently repatriated"

According to Russian records: "Russian. TFR 272: Russian Operational Summary No. 00613 from the Headquarters of the Soviet 64th IAK reports “the aircraft explosion and the retreat of two burning B-29s were observed by search light crews...according to Korean and Chinese comrades, one B-29 fell into the sea 20 km SE of Simni-do and exploded. Up to four cutters approached the area where the aircraft fell.” A second paragraph confirms that “During the night of 10-11 June 1952, night fighters shot down three B-29 aircraft and damaged one other. The corpses of 8 American pilots were found, as well as debris from one aircraft.”
Service Number #A0701420 PoW. Believe died 1975
90 BrousDonald 1LTUSAFRSCB-29A Superfortress44-698661950-07-1228th Bmb Sq19th Bmb WgDamaged by three Yak-9s near Seoul, engine fire, crew bailed out at 1520L. It was the first B-29 loss to enemy fighters in the Korean War. The plane was written off as too damaged to repair.Rescued
91 BrownCleo AMSGTUSAFRCVB-29A Superfortress44-272621953-01-27370th Bmb Sq Lost over Korea, crashed in UN territory near Tom-ni, 10 crew members bailed out successfully
92 BrownDonald D1LTUSAFRCVB-29A Superfortress44-273261951-09-13372nd Bombardment Squadron
307th Bmb WgCrashed into mountain near Taeam-dong, approx 3.5 mi NE of K-2 (Taegu)
93 BrownGlenn WCPLUSAFRMCB-29A Superfortress44-863571951-08-24372nd Bombardment Squadron
307th Bmb WgHit by AAA near Sunchon, crew bailed out, aircraft exploded 11 miles W of Sunan, NK, (between Sunan and Kowan-ni)PoW Repatriated
94 BrownHerbert DCPLUSAFRMCB-29A Superfortress44-863571951-08-24372nd Bombardment Squadron
307th Bmb WgHit by AAA near Sunchon, crew bailed out, aircraft exploded 11 miles W of Sunan, NK, (between Sunan and Kowan-ni)PoW Repatriated
95 BrownNelson MMSGTUSAFMIAB-29A Superfortress44-863431952-09-13371st Bmb Sq307th Bmb WgHit by AAA and exploded in mid-air over Suiho Hydroelectric Plant
96 BryanRichard M1LTUSAFWIAB-29A Superfortress42-939741951-11-09343rd Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgAircraft loss occurred during a night leaflet dropping mission. At 0025 hours on November 09, 1951, this aircraft was hit by flak but stayed aloft long enough to allow the crew to bail out over the friendly island of Paengyong-do. All but one crew member was rescued. Night leaflet dropping mission, hit by AAA near Chongju, crew bailed out over P-Y-do, SAR effort conductedWIA Rescued
97 BryantWilliam LMSGTUSAFRSCB-29A Superfortress44-698661950-07-1228th Bmb Sq19th Bmb WgDamaged by three Yak-9s near Seoul, engine fire, crew bailed out at 1520L. It was the first B-29 loss to enemy fighters in the Korean War. The plane was written off as too damaged to repair.Rescued
98 BuckleyJohn Harrison1LTUSAFRCVB-29A Superfortress44-62167 Bust 'N The Blue1952-08-30344th Bmb Sq98th Bmb WgMissed approach, attempted to go around, crashed 4 mi NE of Taegu, SK near village of Sangdaegok-tongDetails of the bomber crash in which Capt. Bernard E. Barnes, former employee of the local Sears-Roebuck Store, was killed on Aug.29th have been received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.V. Barnes of Burnettsville, from Lt. Col. William F. Crawley. Crawley stated in his letter that on the night of 29th of August, 1952, Bernard and his crew members took off from air force base here in Japan for a combat mission over North Korea After reaching the target area it was necessary for them to make a second bombing run before the bombs could be released. As a result of this additional flying over the target it is probable that they did not have sufficient fuel to return all the way to Japan. It is assumed that the decision was made to land at one of our South Korean air force bases for fuel. The weather was poor with low clouds and light rain. The aircraft crashed into a hillside about 4 miles north of Taegu air force base, Korea, at 3:15 a. m. on Aug. 30, 1952. "All evidence points to the fact that Bernard and the other members of his crew were killed instantly, suffering neither pain nor anxiety." Colonel Crawley said Captain Barnes was well liked and respected by every member of his squadron. A navigator in World War II, he was recalled to active service in September, 1951. The others in the crew also were World War II veterans and all of them except Barnes had families.
99 BucknerJohn Lennon1LTUSAFMIAB-29A Superfortress44-862681951-04-07371st Bmb Sq307th Bmb WgCombat mission over N. Korea, F-84s escorting, damaged by 2 MiG-15s, two engines out, pilot ordered bail out, crashed into the water 4 mi off NW N. Korea, 7 fighter aircraft and three SAR aircraft participated in SAR effort. One crewman was rescued.MIA
100 Bullman Robert ESSGTUSAFRCVB-29A Superfortress44-69805 Deal Me In1950-10-14325th Bmb Sq92nd Bmb GpWhile on a bombing mission, the aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire. Its engines caught fire and the crew was ordered to bail out. Later, the fire was extinguished and the order was cancelled, but not before SSgt. Bullman had bailed out. This aircraft was reclaimed at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma on August 08, 1954.Bailed out and was drowned in SDagami Bay. His remains were recovered.

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