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The Last Full Measure - MIA Photos



All gave some ... some gave all.
Nearly one hundred men from the 13th were lost or killed in the Korean War. We honor those who gave all for the cause of freedom. Let us never forget!

View complete roster of 13th casualties. (50K)

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John Ahlers
John P. Ahlers
Pilot
MIA August 10, 1952


Leslie McHaney
Leslie E. McHaney
Gunner
MIA December 9, 1952

Sherman Beaty
Sherman R. Beaty
Group Cmdr, Pilot
MIA April 1, 1953

Jerome Karpowicz
Jerome Karpowicz
Gunner
MIA May 17, 1953
The very first American deaths in the war (Ray Cyborski and Jose Campos) were not due to enemy action but to a loss of control letting down in bad weather. Standard procedure was that the gunner kept his turret guns in the trail position -- pointed toward the rear. Lt. Lister, who survived the bailout and was picked up by a Japanese fishing boat, said Cyborski got out ahead of him and was hung up on the forward pointing guns.

The second fatal crash occurred at Ashiya returning from a combat mission that first day when Remer Harding and William Goodwin were killed trying to land in bad weather. The weather in Japan that day was too poor to fly but there was a war to be fought.

Sometimes you died and didn't get credit for it. Well, not a combat death anyway.

In January 1951 Pilot Capt. Daly and Navigator Lt. Hauber were returning from a night transition training flight to Tokyo. They reported they had the "homer" and were inbound for landing. They never landed. Next day the wreckage was found on a mountain many miles distant from the base.

The 3rd Bomb GP. used an island in the bay for gunnery and bombing practice. It was called "the rock". In April 1951 the aircrews were assembled to watch a demonstration of proper techniques of using various ordnances working under flares. A few attacks had been made on the rock and then Major Stein turned on final for a long flat skip bombing approach. Everyone watched his approach until he hit the water just short of the rock -- no survivors.

Sometimes it seemed it just wasn't fair. It was that way in July 1951 when the crew of John Burtis, Ed Cayemburg, and Philip Moscatelli were making an emergency landing at Suwon (K-13). They had made it back to the emergency landing field and lost control of the airplane while under GCA control just 3 miles from touchdown.

People dealt with the possibility of "not making it back" in their own ways. Some were sure they would make it and some were sure they wouldn't. People in both groups were wrong.

In comparison with the great air armadas of WW II in Europe and the huge losses of that war, Korea was a pretty safe place.

Statistics didn't matter if you were one of the losses.

-- Charles Hinton, 13th Navigator
Charles Hinton
Clifford Selman
Clifford G. Selman
Navigator
MIA May 17, 1953

Howard Crowshaw
Howard L. Crowshaw
Gunner
MIA July 14, 1953

Stanley Haladyna
Stanley B. Haladyna
Pilot
MIA July 14, 1953

William Holcom
Glen Story
Flight Engineer
MIA July 14, 1953


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