Topics - B-26C Disappearance
March 06, 1952

 
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Introduction

B-26C #44-34542A, part of the 8th Bomb Squadron, departed its base on March 05, 1952, under call sign "Pentail 09" on a night interdiction mission.  The crew was advised by "Pentail 02" at 2152 of a live locomotive.  "Pentail 09" acknowledged incorrectly.  "Pentail 02" tried to contact to correct acknowledgment.  No answer was received and there was no further contact.  A subsequent air search for the missing plane was made with negative results. The crew remains missing in action.

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Most recent update to this page: April 15, 2020


Crew Members:

  • Davies, Capt. Howard Joseph - Captain Davies was the bombardier of a B-26C with the 8th Bomber Squadron, 3rd Bomber Wing based at Kunsan Airfield (K-8), South Korea. On March 6, 1952, while on a night intruder mission, contact with aircraft was lost at target BA 89-11. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. He was from Kanawha County, West Virginia.
     
  • Hoff, 1Lt. Warren Mervin "Bud" - First Lieutenant Hoff was the pilot of a B-26C with the 8th Bomber Squadron, 3rd Bomber Wing based at Kunsan Air Force Base (K-8), Korea. On March 6, 1952, while on a night intruder mission, contact with aircraft was lost at target BA8911. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. His remains were not recovered. Born November 20, 1925, he was from Portland, Oregon.
     
  • Peterson, A/3c Norman W. - Airman First Class Peterson was the tail gunner of a B-26C with the 8th Bomber Squadron, 3rd Bomber Wing based at Kunsan Air Force Base (K-8), Korea. On March 6, 1952, while on a night intruder mission, contact with aircraft was lost at target BA8911. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. He was born October 17, 1929, and was from a family of eight boys.  He was from Waseca, Minnesota.
     
  • Steele, Capt. Robert Coultas - Captain Steele was the pilot of a B-26C with the 8th Bomber Squadron, 3rd Bomber Wing based at Kunsan Air Force Base (K-8), Korea. On March 6, 1952, while on a night intruder mission, contact with aircraft was lost at target BA8911. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. His remains were not recovered. He was born December 14, 1923.  He was from Wayne County, Michigan.
 
 
 
 

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