Topics - B-26 Shoot Down
Sensen, near Anju, North Korea
May 15, 1952

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An  RB-26C Invader Bomber (tail number 44-35668) with the 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing crashed on May 15, 1952.  The crew was on a night photographic reconnaissance mission over Anju, North Korea, when their aircraft was hit by enemy fire. The crew reported damage and requested direction to the nearest friendly airfield. The plane never made it.  Four F-86s and two RF-80s were sent on a search and rescue mission, but they were unsuccessful. Soviet records indicate that 44-35668 was shot down by a Russian 64IAK/35 and the plane crashed 10 kilometers southeast of Sensen, near Anju.  One parachute was observed but the crew of two was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.

Crew Members

  • Callan, Capt. Arthur Delbert (pilot)
  • Mouton, 1Lt August Wilson (pilot)

Bios of Callan and Mouton

Arthur Delbert Callan

Arthur was born March 19, 1917, in Rapid City, Pennington County, South Dakota, a son of Delbert O. Callan (died 1943) and Alda Corrine Larive Callan (1896-1969.  He had three siblings and was married in 1944 in Maryland to Ruth Barney.  Arthur and Ruth had three children: Caron Renee Callan (Klopping), Arthur Delbert Callan Jr., and Casey Clement Callan (born April 24, 1952, just days before his father became missing in action.  He was a World War II and Korean War veteran, having served in the Air Force from 1941 to 1952.  There is a memorial to Arthur in Black Hills National Cemetery. 

August Wilson Mouton

August was born on August 23, 1918.  He was a World War II veteran.  The KWE believes (but has not confirmed) that he was the husband of Pauline Branstetter Mouton (1920-1946).  Both were from Arkansas.


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