Topics - C-46D Commando Transport
Kangnung, Korea
10/16/1952

 
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A C-46D Commando Transport (#44-77538) on a courier run between Kangnung, Korea (K-18) to Pohang, Korea (K-3) crashed into the sea on October 16, 1952, killing all 25 servicemen onboard.  The C-46 left a base on the east coast of South Korea shortly before 1 a.m. and was due to arrive at another base on the east coast of South Korea about 40 minutes later.  Weather conditions were good.  There was no sign of the plane in spite of an intense search for it.

Most recent update to this page: March 22, 2020


 

Missing in Action

  • Anthony, Capt. Roy (co-pilot) -
     
  • Arrington, A1C Alfred Walter - (passenger)
     
  • Bevilacqua, SSgt. Vincent James - (passenger)
     
  • Bishop, Airman 2C Billy Rhea -
     
  • Booth, Aviation Ordnanceman 3C Carnell Edward -
     
  • Bryan, Lt. Fred Vincent -
     
  • Bowerman, 1Lt. Robert C. -
     
  • Davidson, 1Lt. Thomas Linsert -
     
  • Deeter, SSgt. Robert Andrew "Bob" Jr. -
     
  • Freeman, Airman 3C George Allen -
     
  • Gammage, Airman Harry Clinton - (engineer)
     
  • Graper, Capt. Victory Bernard (pilot) -
     
  • Harmon, Airman 3C Norman Cline - (radio operator)
     
  • Haugh, Airman 3C Alonzo Jesse Jr. -
     
  • Hicks, TSgt. Paul James -
     
  • King, Aviation Machinist's Mate 3C James Patrick -
     
  • Kyle, A3C James Archibald -
     
  • Ruby, A2C Daniel Gregory Jr. -
     
  • Rusk, 1Lt. Richard George Leroy -
     
  • Rutledge, Airman 3C Walter Kenneth -
     
  • Sarkilahti, TSgt. Melvin Edwin -
     
  • Thurman, A1C John Edward -
     
  • Ulinski, Airman 3C Valerian -
     
  • Wilson, Aviation Electrician's Mate 2C Bobby Ray -
     
  • Wimbish, A3C William Hurt -

Bios of the Missing in Action

Anthony, Capt. Roy (co-pilot) -
Born December 07, 1923 in Memphis, Tennessee
 

Arrington, A1C Alfred Walter -

Born July 19, 1927, Airman Arrington was from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He was serving with the 34th Troop Carrier Squadron, 315th Troop Carrier Wing stationed at Brady Air Base, Kyushu, Japan.

Bevilacqua, SSgt. Vincent James -

Born November 07, 1932 in East Boston, Massachusetts, he was serving in Headquarters, 5th Air Force, at the time of the crash.
 

Bishop, Airman 2C Billy Rhea -

Born March 12, 1929 in Eaton, Ohio, he was a son of Charles Elmer Bishop (1886-1963) and Eleanora Emma Hatcher Bishop (1903-1988).  His half-siblings were Walter Bishop (1909-1909), Florence Alma Bishop McGriff (1910-1994), infant girl Bishop (1919-1919), Robert E. Norris (1921-2012), George Washington Bishop (1915-1932), and Robert Rex Bishop (1924-1986). 
 

Booth, Aviation Ordnanceman 3C Carnell Edward -

Born January 13, 1933 in Andalusia, Alabama, Carnell was the son of Annie Lucille Bell Booth (1902-1935) and nephew of Susie Hanberry.  He was the football team captain at Andalusia High School and a 1951 graduate of Andi High.  He had been in the Navy for 15 months when he was lost at sea.  He was assigned to Kangyung Air Base in the Far East.

Bryan, Lt. Fred Vincent -
Born May 03, 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri
 

Bowerman, 1Lt. Robert C. -
Born July 21, 1921 in Aberdeen, Washington
 

Davidson, 1Lt. Thomas Linsert -
Born August 29, 1913, from Birmingham, Alabama
 

Deeter, SSgt. Robert Andrew Jr. -
Born November 09, 1930 in Berlin, Pennsylvania
 

Freeman, Airman 3C George Allen -
Born December 10, 1931 in Plainview, Texas
 

Gammage, Airman Harry Clinton -

Born April 13, 1932 in Searight, Alabama, Airman Gammage was a son of Willie and Eula Gammage.  He married Virginia Sanders in San Antonio, Texas, and they had two children: William L. Gammage and a daughter.

Graper, Capt. Victor Bernard (pilot) -

Born May 22, 1920 in El Dorado, Kansas, Captain Graper was the son of Elmer Oscar Graper (1887-1962) and Murrel M. Sweet Graper (1893-1976). 
 

Harmon, Airman 3C Norman Cline -

Born March 20, 1932 in Bessemer City, North Carolina, he was a son of David Wilson Harmon (1886-1966) and Fannie Armenthia Paysour Harmon (1889-1957).  Airman Harmon had been in the Air Force for two years and in Korea for only three months.  He was survived by his siblings William Houston Harmon (1930-2012), who was serving in the Air Force in Korea at the time of his brother's death; Iva Mae Harmon Canipe (1910-1990); Ethel Lee Harmon Cole (1913-1982); Catherine Harmon Burleson; and Edythe Harmon Benefield.
 

Haugh, Airman 3C Alonzo Jesse Jr. -
Born December 16, 1930 in Alexandria, Virginia
 

Hicks, TSgt. Paul James -
Born February 14, 1920, from Hampton, Virginia
 

King, Aviation Machinist's Mate 3C James Patrick -
Born July 31, 1930, Dallas, Texas
 

Kyle, A3C James Archibald -
Born March 03, 1930 from Olean, New York
 

Ruby, A2C Daniel Gregory Jr. -
Born November 13, 1930, from Brighton, Massachusetts
 

Rusk, 1Lt. Richard George Leroy -
Born December 12, 1927, from Lansing, Michigan
 

Rutledge, Airman 3C Walter Kenneth -

Born January 31, 1928, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Walter was a son of Ralph M. Rutledge (1899-1986) and Charlotte E. Slaymaker Rutledge (1902-1996).  He was married and had a son, Ron Rutledge.  Among his seven siblings were John Lamont Rutledge (1926-2015), Bruce C. Rutledge (1932-2017), three other brothers and two sisters.  He is buried in Glenwood Memorial Cemetery, Broomall, Pennsylvania.

Sarkilahti, TSgt. Melvin Edwin -

Born January 17, 1926, Melvin was from North Dakota and Spokane, Washington.  He was a son of Iisak (Isaac) Everet Sarkilahti (1887-1966) and Anna Lehtola Johnson Sarkilahti (1888-1971).  His siblings were Ernest "Ernie" L. Sarkilahti (1917-1973), Segyard "Sig" W. Sarkilahti (1914-1964), Elmer Sarkilahti (1919-1989), Leonard Sarkilahti, Clifford A. Sarkilahti (1924-1975), Oscar N. Sarkilahti, one other brother and a sister.

Thurman, A1C John Edward -
Born October 16, 1930, from Greensboro, Indiana
 

Ulinski, Airman 3C Valerian -

Born September 17, 1932, in Hazel Park, Michigan, Valerian was the brother of Jerome "Jerry" Francis Ulinski (1930-2018), Mary Ulinski, Joan Ulinski, and John Ulinski.

Wilson, Aviation Electrician's Mate 2C Bobby Ray -
Born March 06, 1930, Wewoka, Oklahoma

Wimbish, A3C William Hurt -

Born March 17, 1929, William was serving with the 67th Medical Group based at Kimpo Air Base (K-14.  William was from Halifax County, Virginia

 

 
 

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