On a night intruder mission over North Korea, this B-26B
(#44-34247) disappeared and was presumed to crash. The last
contact with the crew was at 0045L inbound to a target. There
were three crew members, all still listed as missing in action.
[KWE Note: On June 29, 1951, this aircraft, known as BC-247, was
involved in a crash at Iwakuni Air Base in Japan. Harry C.
Torrey was piloting the plane during this incident. Cause of
the crash was mechanical failure. The plane (identified with a
dragon on its nose) was later transferred to the 3rd Bomb Wing, 13th
Missing in Action
- Beacham, Thomas Henry - tail gunner
- Gould, Capt. Gene Wilton - navigator
- Newton, Maj. Robert Roy - pilot
Bios of the Missing
Thomas Henry Beacham
Thomas was born January 22, 1930 in Mississippi, a son of
Henry Wayne Beacham (1901-1974) and Ruby Dexter Beacham
(1905-1997). Henry's siblings were Henry Felder Beacham,
Sissy Beacham, and Dr. Albert Wayne Beacham (1933-2013).
There is a memorial to Airman Beacham in John Felder Memorial
Park, Pike County, Mississippi. He was the recipient of
the Air Medal.
Gene Wilton Gould
Gene was born July 21, 1924 in Illinois. He was the son
of Loren Gould (born 1902) and Myrtle Harriett Wilton Gould
(1898-1987). He married his wife, Yvonne Marie Strickland
Gould (1926-2013), in 1945. They had a son, Richard
Strickland Gould, and daughter Marian J. Gould. Yvonne
later married Robert Louis Schmidt. Captain Gould was the
recipient of a Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal
(four clusters). There is a marker for him in Fort Logan
Robert Roy Newton
Major Newton was born March 17, 1923. He was from
Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado. He was the
recipient of two Distinguished Flying Crosses and the Air Medal
with two clusters.