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17th Bombardment Wing (L)


Photo by Hal Barker. Copyright 1989.




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Entry: 87283
17TH BOMB WING (L)
RONNIE WINTERS- CAPT. A-26 PILOT

STEVE BROWN wrote on September 25, 2013


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am searching for any information about my grandfather Ronnie
L. Winters. He was an A-26 Invader pilot during the Korean War.
I don't know for sure which unit he served with, only in the
5th Air Force and that he was awarded the Distinguished Flying
Cross. He was born in Oklahoma and lived in Siloam Springs,
Ark. He was married to Margaret McLeod from Dallas, Texas
during the war. Ronnie died in an airplane crash in 1958. If
anyone knew him I would appreciate you contacting me.


Keywords: A-26, Invader, Winters


Entry: 84571
17TH BOMB WING (L)
PUSAN BOMB WING

HARVEY KIRK III wrote on November 2, 2012


City and State: CHESTER VA

Unit: PUSAN BOMB WING

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father, Maj. or Lt. Col. Lewis Harvey Kirk, was an
AAF intelligence officer and bomb wing ground
controller... at Pusan as far as I know. He spoke of
Pusan a lot. He returned to Pusan c. 1953 as an
escort for two presidential advisors on a fact-
finding mission... their names were Kottkamp and
Murray  they met with Gen Herren. I have photos of
that event. I seek info on my dad, the big visit or
from men who served there or knew my dad.


Keywords: K9, Pusan, bomb wing


Entry: 81088
17TH BOMB WING (L)
K-9 AND MIHO PHOTOS

JOHN SKILLMAN JR. wrote on November 17, 2011


City and State: GURNEE IL

Unit: 17TH BOMB WING

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father, USAFR Lt John Skillman, was at K-9 and
later Miho then Hurlbert Field, FL from about May 53
to Summer 55 as a munitions officer. I have color
slides of all 3 locations although I have no
identities of anyone else in the pictures. Should
anyone be interested in seeing them respond to my e-
mail and I will forward a link to the site they are
posted on.
John Skillman


Keywords: 17th BW(L)K-9 and Miho


Entry: 78939
17TH BOMB WING (L)
REUNION

VIC WINCHCOMBE wrote on May 17, 2011


City and State: EIGHT MILE AL

Unit: 34 BS(L)17BW-KOREA

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords:
Ferry B-26 Calif-Japan,Spring1953...Ferry B-26 Korea-to Indo-China,Late Summer...Looking for other "travelers" 



Entry: 77043
17TH BOMB WING (L)
95TH BOMB SQ., 17TH BOMB WG

ANNA COLWELL SR. wrote on December 5, 2010


City and State: KINGSVILLE TX

Unit: 95TH BOMB SQ, 17TH BOMB WG

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THE 95th Bomb Sq/17th Bomb Wg

Keywords: CAPT ART COLWELL, dec FLEW NIGHT MISSION #37 on 27 July 1952


Entry: 75987
17TH BOMB WING (L)
CHARLIE

MAC VAUGHN wrote on August 30, 2010


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments:

Keywords: I have an interesting baseball cap that has been coated with something hard with numerous symbols, k9, black knights etc. I am trying to find out it's significance and if anyone else had something similar. I have cherished it since a child and after Dad's death have it now. Can anyone give me info or knew my Dad?


Entry: 75301
17TH BOMB WING (L)
PAUL T STEVENS ,PUSAN ,BOMB DUMP JUL 53-JUL 54

JOHN STEVENS wrote on June 30, 2010


City and State: CUERO TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I would like to here from anyone that my have known my father in Korea he tlked about Korea alot also about some gi that fell in a honey well.
John R Stevens


Keywords: My father serived from about Aug 53 to Aug 54 in the Air Force Pusan Bomb Dump . He was from New Jersey and took a lot of pictures bomb dump, flight line etc.
His Name is Paul Thomas Stevens.



Entry: 73256
17TH BOMB WING (L)
HI

JAY CHAPMAN wrote on January 23, 2010


City and State:

Unit: 34TH BOMB SQ

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords: Nickname: Chappy


Entry: 71841
17TH BOMB WING (L)
BILL HARVEY K-1 K-9 10/1/52-4/10/53

WILLIAM HARVEY SR. wrote on October 4, 2009


City and State: LARGO FL

Unit: 34TH BOMB SQD 17 BOMB GRP

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: 722nd Sqd. 450th Bomb Grp. 15th USAAF WW II.

Keywords: Bill - 17th Bomb Group 34th Squadron Supply Officer Bomb/Nav A/B-26 Dream Girl 52 missions mostly night train reconnaisance missions pilots Corbett, Ramer, Lindley, Wassem. Oct.1,52 - Apr.53.


Entry: 71614
17TH BOMB WING (L)
17THBOMB AND 332ND FIS NEW CASTLE,DEL.

JOSEPH R. ST. PIERRE SR. wrote on September 13, 2009


City and State: FALL RIVER MA

Unit: 332NDFIS

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords: keyword Joseph R St.Pierre I left the 17th bomb wing aug 1953 reported to 332nd FIS NEW CASTLE DEL.stayed there until oct 1954.after 55 years i forgot most of the names i served with.I think one the was from Litle Compton,Rhode Island.He would drop me off in Fall RIVER,MA.whenever we had a weekend pass.


Entry: 70915
17TH BOMB WING (L)
WANT TO LOCATE MEN WHO WITH ME AT K9 FROM AUG 1952 TO JULY 1953BLACK

JOSEPH R. ST. PIERRE wrote on July 16, 2009


City and State: FALL RIVER MA

Unit: 347ARMAMENTSQUADRON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords: 17thbombwing was named Black Knights atK9 air base


Entry: 67793
17TH BOMB WING (L)

LAWRENCE MEEKER wrote on November 10, 2008


City and State: FORT WORTH TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I am looking for any information on Captain Matthew E. Loar or if anyone remembers him. I am also looking for a way to get copies of my flight records. I have misplaced mine, and was informed that some others were destroyed in a fire at the Military Archive Building.

Keywords: B-26, K-9, 452nd Bomb Wing 5th Airforce


Entry: 65399
17TH BOMB WING (L)
SEEKING CAPT. WM. W. WYTHE, SACRAMENTO, CA

JOEL RUSSELL wrote on April 26, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: I have aquired a photo of Capt. William W. Wythe, 5th Air Force, 17th Bomb Wing, receiving the "Air Medal" from Col. William C. Lindley, Jr. in Oct. 1952 for heroic service during the Korean War.

It is my desire to give this back to him or members of his family. This is an original new release photo. It list his wife and children living in Sacramento at 4949 Alta Dr. His mother is also listed. Proof of relationship will be required in order for me to turn this over.


Keywords: B-26, A-26 Douglas Invader


Entry: 63965
17TH BOMB WING (L)
DID YOU KNOW

RON SPEER SR. wrote on January 22, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: Remember my father landing a twin engine aircraft at San Angelo Texas 1951/1952 and taxied it up to base operations where my mom and the twins (me and my brother) were waiting for him. He deployed to Korea from San Angelo. Possible with the 17th BW.

Keywords: Remember my father landing a twin engine aircraft at San Angelo Texas 1951/1952. Lt. or Capt. Clifton L. Speer. Married to a redhead with four kids.


Entry: 63962
17TH BOMB WING (L)
5TH AF-REMCO-17TH MAINTENANCE SQDN-MIHO

JAMES POWELL wrote on January 22, 2008


City and State: TULSA OK

Unit: 5TH AF-17TH MAINT. SQ-17TH HQ

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I was sent over to Japan on the converted troopship USS General JOHN J. Pershing- Then on by train to MIHO,a Japanese Zero base the Aussies had used and then to K-1 by aircraft.The military push into Pusan, forced the withdrawal of aircraft to the REMCO on MIHO AB.
Stationed from November 1952 and returned November 1953.
Have more pictures and memorial to Col Glen C. Nye, Wing Comdr,
and Col Clinton C Wasem, succeeding Wing Comr, and Col.
Clinton E Blauer, Commander of the Rear Echelon Maintenance Consolidate Operation.
The great distance separating our place of duty to the air war in Korea, made the men proud of the service rendered.


Keywords: 5th AF- K-1,
K-2,K-8, K-9



Entry: 62535
17TH BOMB WING (L)
K9 PUSAN EAST KOREA 1953

ANDREW S. HERKALO SR. wrote on October 8, 2007


City and State: SPRINGFIELD NJ

Unit: 17TH BOMB WING 95TH BOMB SQ

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords: I WAS STATIONED K9 95 sq.armament sec.march53 to aug 53
moved to K1 aug to jan 54.came over gen brewster.went home on gen sultan.



Entry: 61830
17TH BOMB WING (L)
LOOKING FOR ANY VETERAN WHO SERVED WITH MY FATHER.

TAMARA ANDREWS wrote on July 31, 2007


City and State: SOMERVILLE OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I'm looking for anyone who served with my father, Robert "Bobbie" Edward Andrews from Deepstep, Georgia. He was in the USAF 17th Bomb Wing (L) from 22nd of September, 1952 to 18th of August 1953 and served his country during the Korean War.

Keywords:


Entry: 59290
17TH BOMB WING (L)
SUCCESS!

JIM SCOTT wrote on October 20, 2006


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Regarding the entry about the tombstone for A2C Brown. His family has been located, and the tombstone is being restored to them.
Here's a confirmation from the company to which the marker had been sent.

<<< Hi There,

Thank you for sending Property Room.com, Inc. the information about James Harold Brown's tombstone. With the information that you and others have
provided us, we have been successful in locating and contacting his family and are arranging to have it returned to them. The family was unaware that
it was missing and is extremely pleased to have it returned. We appreciate you taking the time to research this and write to us.

Sincerely,

Blythe Haney

Client Services
PropertyRoom.Com
26421 Crown Valley Pkwy.
Suite 200
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
blythe@propertyroom.com >>>


Keywords:


Entry: 59280
17TH BOMB WING (L)
A2C JAMES HAROLD BROWN

JIM SCOTT wrote on October 19, 2006


City and State: GREENSBORO NC

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I saw this story in our local paper and thought I'd post a request for information about A2C James Harold Brown. The story is about a tombstone that was displaced and collected by the City of High Point, North Carolina. After storing it for 6 months and unsuccessfully researching Airman Brown, the City was forced to send the tombstone to an auction company. If anyone knows anything about A2C James Harold Brown, feel free to contact me and I'll forward your comments to the city.
Here's the link to the story:

http://www.newsandrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061019/NEWSREC0101/61019021


Keywords: Information needed about a deceased vet.


Entry: 54572
17TH BOMB WING (L)
PUSAN K-9 95 TH BOMB SQ

HAROLD LITTLE wrote on December 10, 2005


City and State: MIAMI FL

Unit: 95 BOMB SQ-- K-9

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: HAVE PICTURES OF K9 CAN SHARE---

Keywords: SERVED IN KOREA K-9 FROM MAR 52 TILL MAR 53--- WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANY ONE THERE AT THAT TIME


Entry: 54140
17TH BOMB WING (L)
K-9 PUSAN EAST AIR BASE

BILLY WATTS wrote on November 16, 2005


City and State: CROWN POINT LA

Unit: CRASH RESCUE, MAY 1952/MAY 1953

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 52276
17TH BOMB WING (L)
AIRMEN FIRST CLASS ROBERT SHIFLET

ROBERT (BOB) SHIFLET wrote on July 26, 2005


City and State: LA VERNE CA

Unit: 17TH SUPPLY SQ. ASSG WING HEADQUARTERS

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I was a forecast clerk for reassignments at Wing Headquarters for K-9, K-1, J-25, under Lt. Hart. Also worked for Col. Bill Cochran, uncle of Phil Cochran of Word War II fame.

Keywords:


Entry: 51031
17TH BOMB WING (L)
95TH BSQDN

DONALD H. EATON JR. wrote on May 22, 2005


City and State: NEW YORK NY

Unit: 95TH BOMB SQUADRON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 51026
17TH BOMB WING (L)
95TH BOMB SQDN.

DONALD H. EATON JR. wrote on May 22, 2005


City and State: NEW YORK NY

Unit: 95TH BOMB SQUADRON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 49530
17TH BOMB WING (L)

EWING (SLIM) LARBY wrote on March 12, 2005


City and State: PUYALLUP WA

Unit: 17TH BOMB WING (LIGHT)

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

Keywords: I would also like to know whether the 17th received any awards medals or decorations of any type during this time period.


Entry: 49529
17TH BOMB WING (L)
LOOKING FOR PATCHES.

EWING (SLIM) LARBY wrote on March 12, 2005


City and State: PUYALLUP WA

Unit: 17TH BOMB WING (LIGHT)

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was a member of the 17th Bomb Wing (L) from about April 1952 until May 1953. Went to Japan on a small converted tanker, then by courier aircraft to K-9. After 13 months there, returned to Japan and sailed back to the States on a similar small converted tanker. While there, bought a beautiful "Black Knights" warmup jacket which was stolen on my way home. I would like to know if there is anyone that knows where I could get a replacement of that jacket. I would also like to find some 17th Bomb Wing patches or decals like the one pictured abouve.


Keywords: My Nickname - "Slim"
Aircraft - A/B-26B/C
Location - K-9 / Miho



Entry: 47662
17TH BOMB WING (L)
K-9/MIHO JUNE1954-APRIL ,1955

JAMES R. (JIM) SMITH wrote on December 23, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:

Keywords: Looking for anyone in the 95th BS during the period June 1954 and April 1955


Entry: 44132
17TH BOMB WING (L)
2004 REUNION

MICHAEL W. HOPKINS wrote on June 29, 2004


City and State: TWIN LAKES WI

Unit: 17TH BOMB WING

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Ted Baker, editor of the Sortie, for the 17th BG and 17th BW wants everyone to be alerted for the upcoming reunion slated for Spt 2nd thru Spt 5th, 2004.

It is in Nashville, TN.

Details from Ted Baker at:

email: tbaker26@eesc.com

Ph: 810-798-8620

He request that you immediately register and let everyone else know of the reunion.

Ted Barker (KWP) for Mike Hopkins


Keywords: Reunion group


Entry: 39614
17TH BOMB WING (L)
17 TH BOMB WING

DAVID COX wrote on January 1, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 35451
17TH BOMB WING (L)

BATUR AVGAN wrote on July 12, 2003


City and State: ISTANBUL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: There is photo at the War Museum at Pyongyang. This photo shows the tail section of the B-26B 43-45573 which was lost on October 29th, 1952. The a/c was from 17th Bmb Wg (L), 37th Bmb Sq.

The crew Lt Peter J. Britton and A2C YAMAKAWA, Timothy S. Yamakawa was MIA while Lt. Howard B. Hitchens Jr was RMC.

I would like to get in contact with the kins of crew members if they would interested in the photo.


Keywords: Lt Peter J. Britton, A2C YAMAKAWA, Timothy S. Yamakawa, Lt. Howard B. Hitchens Jr., 43-45573, 17th, 37th


Entry: 34621
17TH BOMB WING (L)
CRASH RESCUE

BILLY WATTS wrote on June 4, 2003


City and State: CROWN POINT LA

Unit: CRASH RESCUE 17TH BOMB WING K-9

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: It has been 50 years since my one year all expense paid vacation at Pusan East Air Base(K-9).
Time passes so quickly when you are having fun. I was trained to be a turret mechanic (32330-F) and spent eleven months in Fire Fighting and Crash rescue. My last month at K-9 was spent handling and preping bombs for the bomb loaders.


Keywords: June 1952 - June 1953 17th Bomb Wing.

Fire Fighting and Crash Rescue



Entry: 34052
17TH BOMB WING (L)
MIHO 1951\1952

JAMES P. (JIM) WILLIAMS wrote on May 8, 2003


City and State: SALISBURY NC

Unit: 452ND /17TH AIR CRAFT MAINT SQDN

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: would like to hear from anyone that knew me or worked with me

Keywords: hyd. shop Miho


Entry: 31677
17TH BOMB WING (L)
MIHO 1951 \52 HYD SHOP

JAMES P. (JIM) WILLIAMS wrote on February 2, 2003


City and State: SALISBURY NC

Unit: 452\ 17 TH. MAINT MIHO

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I would like to hear from anyone that knew me or worked with me.

Keywords: Miho Hyd Shop 51 /52


Entry: 28892
17TH BOMB WING (L)
LOOKING FOR BILLY J WATTS

DELOY SPENCER wrote on October 17, 2002


City and State: OGDEN UT

Unit: 17TH MEDICAL GROUP

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 25627
17TH BOMB WING (L)
17TH BM. WG.

ROBERT C. FRUM wrote on May 20, 2002


City and State: WILLIAMSTOWN WV

Unit: 17TH MAINTENANCE SQ.

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Basic at Sampson AFB, New York,A and E School and B-26 School at Sheppard AFB, Texas, 17th Maint. Sq. at Miho Japan, 461st Bm Wg., 766 Bm Sq. at hill AFB, Utah, and Blytheville AFB, Ark.

Keywords: 17th Maint. Sq. Miho, Japan.From Apr.1953 to Mar. 1954. Line Mechanic and Flight Engineer.


Entry: 24666
17TH BOMB WING (L)
LOOKING FOR INFO ON CALVIN WEDMER

DIANA STRAUSBAUCH (WEDMER) wrote on April 10, 2002


City and State: MT

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Hello, I am looking for info on my father. He first served in 432nd AAF 17th Bomb Group. After that the gov. says there is no info. My father past when i was young and all I have are 2 pictures and a 1946 horoable discharge. If you knew him please email me. My name is Diana. brandiluv33@hotmail.com

Keywords:


Entry: 20053
17TH BOMB WING (L)
MICHAEL J. LYONS

JOHN LYONS wrote on October 20, 2001


City and State: SOMERS CT

Unit: 17TH BOMB WING

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 18944
17TH BOMB WING (L)
GERALD JONES

EDWARD D. GADDIS wrote on August 25, 2001


City and State:

Unit: 17TH BOMB WING (MIHO) JAPAN

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: Gerald and I grew up together in Red Bank, NJ. He was lost over Korea while flying as an enlisted crew member on B-26s in 1953. He was assigned to the 95th Bomb Sqdn 17th Bomb Wg at K-9. If anyone has any information concerning his tour of duty there, please contact me.

Keywords:


Entry: 18059
17TH BOMB WING (L)
LOOKING FOR MEN WHO KNEW GEORGE M RIRIE

DONALD RIRIE wrote on July 18, 2001


City and State: BELLE VERNON PA

Unit: BROTHER OF GEORGE RIRIE

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: The reason for the odd e-mail is that I am doing this for my neighbor, Donald Ririe. He wants to talk with men who knew and served with his brother.

Keywords:


Entry: 15295
17TH BOMB WING (L)
NEW BOOK ON 452ND AND 17TH

ROBERT NIEDERSCHMIDT wrote on March 5, 2001


City and State:

Unit: BASE COMM AT K-9

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: For all you guys seeking information on the operations at K-9 in 50-53. Osprey Press has a new pictorial book on the 452nd and 17th at K-8 and K-9. The title is B-26 Night Intruders Over Korea". It is available from the Air Force Museum at Dayton, Ohio. Try their web site. Cost is about $17.00.
I just reviewed the 13th Bomb Squadron site at www.13thbombsquadron.org. It is excellent. Can we do the same thing for the 452nd and 17th?
Does anyone remember LT. Col. Walt Lasly? He was in the 452nd as a driver, 51-52. He wrote a novel about the 452nd at K-9. Anyone want a copy?
Can anyone send me some scanned photos of K-9?
I have plent I can send to you.


Keywords: 452nd, K-9, 17th BW LPusan East


Entry: 15132
17TH BOMB WING (L)
452ND AND 17TH M AND S GROUP 195L-1952

ROBERT (BOB) COFFELT wrote on February 21, 2001


City and State: ARLINGTON TX

Unit: 452ND - 17TH M-S

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Shipped out on the USS Meigs in Dec. 1951
and returned on the USS Walker in Dec 1952.
Was assigned to the Base Supply Sqd. under
LC Reid Anderson where I maintained stock
records for the Douglas B-26's. Also, handled
the AOCP and ANFE requirements. Knew
many of the Maintance personnel. Was there
when we lost our warehouses by fire. We
moved to another K-site while they rebuilt our
runway. I can't remember the K number but it
had been a Jap base during WW2. We had a
tent city at that location . We lost Col. Nye
during this period along with another
commander so I seem to remember. Would
like to hear from some of the people who was
there that I knew.


Keywords: Reid Anderson, Jerry Stroud, Bill Brown, Ray
McCarty, Buzz Hinkel and any of the fellows
assigned to Base Supply



Entry: 13254
17TH BOMB WING (L)
KNIGHT LIFE JOURNAL OF THE BLACK KNIGHTS

ARMAND PETRI wrote on November 25, 2000


City and State: SUNNYVALE CA

Unit: USCG ELMO4

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Anyone interested in a copy of the Knight Life, Journal of the Black Knights Vol 1, No. 10 dated 25 Dec 52. This issue has quite a few pictures and articles about events at the air base. There are a lot of names of men and women who served there mentioned in various articles. I was stationed at the Coast Guard LORAN Station, ELMO4 up on the hill and we were supported by the folks at the air base. They brought us our mail, and provided us rations, payroll and etc. Get in touch with me at my email address and I'll send you a copy.

Keywords:


Entry: 13228
17TH BOMB WING (L)
SEEKING FRIENDS

BOB SHIFLET wrote on November 24, 2000


City and State: BALDWIN PARK CA

Unit: 17TH. BMB. WING KOREA 53-54

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:
Worked Wing HQ 17th. Bomb Wing as reassignment
Forecast Clerk (HQ-M and S Group)

Seeking contact with Air Force members serving
at above named sites in same era.


Keywords: HQ AFFTC Edwards AFB 52-53
17th.Bomb Wing K-9 Korea 53-54
Lackland AFB 51-52
2904th. Air Depot Grp. Norton AFB, CA 54-55



Entry: 12563
17TH BOMB WING (L)
HOW TRUE IS THIS LETTER

JACK VANWEY wrote on October 27, 2000


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: On July 7 of this year, I was watching a CBS news report on the noon news. The reporter was interviewing a Mike Dowe and they were talking about the end of the Korean War. Mr. Dowe was saying that he was one of the last of the POWS released from a North Korean prison camp. He went on to say that 20 prisoners were left behind and never heard from again, as far as he knew. I thought that I also heard Mr. Dowe say that they may have been sent to Siberia. At the end of the report they showed the names of the twenty men and William Vanwey was the name at the end of the list. They said to turn into the news later in the day to hear more about the story. However, I did not see a followup story later that day.

I requested a transcript of the show from CBS. However, the transcript did not have the word Siberia mentioned and it did not have the list of names-which had been shown visually, but not read aloud. The transcript was just of what had been said, although, I still think they mentioned Siberia. I have recently found out how to reach Mike Dowe and I sent him an e-mail asking if he had any information. I want to know where the list of names came from-who might have that list-and if it is posssible that prisoners might have been sent to Russia(Siberia).

If Willie were one of the twenty men, then it would mean that he had been captured and was a POW. I found a little information on the internet which I will forward to you. In one place, it says that Willie was lost on October 7,1952, and in two places it give the actual date of presumed dead as 12-31-53. I think that this last date was used for many who were presumed dead at the end of the war. There is also information that Willie had been tagged for DNA comparison. I am sure that Willie did not survive the war, but I would like to know as a friend if he had been held as a POW for a long length of time and whether or not he was held after the war.

I found some evidence through the internet that pilots were captured and sent to Russia where they were asked to talk about our planes and flying techniques. The government won't say much about the possibility of American airmen having been captured and sent to Russia.



Keywords:


Entry: 11691
17TH BOMB WING (L)
17TH BOMB WING L APO 970

JOHN W. ELLIS wrote on September 13, 2000


City and State: RAMSEUR NC

Unit: 17TH BOMB WING L

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: 17TH BOMB WING L

Keywords: looking for anyone who served at k9 in korea 1953


Entry: 11406
17TH BOMB WING (L)
CHARLES E. 'CHARLIE' MAYES

JOSEPH MAYES wrote on September 1, 2000


City and State: NAVARRE FL

Unit: 17 BOMB WING

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My Father served at K-9, years unknown, during the Korean war. I'm trying to find out anyone who may have known him and/or what he did there. He passed in 1996, and I never did find out exactly what he did in that war. God bless you all!

Keywords: Pusan, K-9, B-26, Mayes


Entry: 10141
17TH BOMB WING (L)
17 BOMB WING IN KOREA

JOHN GARRETT wrote on July 6, 2000


City and State: GOODFELLOW AFB TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: As historian for the 17th Training Wing (a lineal descendant of the 17th Bombardment Wing), I am interested in receiving any information, reminiscences or photographs wing operations and activities during the Korean War.

Keywords: 17 BW; K-9


Entry: 9461
17TH BOMB WING (L)
KOREA 1953 AND 1954

GENE GAUSE wrote on June 18, 2000


City and State: TN

Unit: 17TH BOMB WING

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was at K-9 in Korea in 1953 and 1954.
I refuled B-26 and other air craft at this post


Keywords: Ham, Goza, Bill Thomas, Perkins


Entry: 7498
17TH BOMB WING (L)
17TH BOMB WING-KOREA-1952

DAVID W. THOMLEY wrote on March 15, 2000


City and State: SACRAMENTO CA

Unit: 17TH BOMB WING

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Would like to make contact with pilots and crew
who flew the night missions in B-26's in Korea in 1952. Writing a novel with an account of tour with 17th Bomb Wing.


Keywords: 17th Bomb Wing-Korea 1952
B-26 Bombers, Korea 1952
K-9 AFB Pusan
B-26 missions-Korea 1952



Entry: 7269
17TH BOMB WING (L)
17TH BOMB GRP 34TH BOMB SQDN

JOSEPH P. (JOE) BROWN wrote on February 29, 2000


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Word from anyone that was in the squadron with the green tips. Don't remember the number. I was at K-9 in '52 and '53.

Would like to know if the crew of Spud Special made it back after the war.


Keywords: B-26 Spud Special



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