McMurray, William Fletcher, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1082-Pilot, B-26
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1952-1952, AAF MOS 1082, 3rd Bombardment Wing, Light
Service Years
1949 - 1952
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Kunsan Air Base (K-8), Korea

Casualty Date
Apr 19, 1952
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Korea, South
Korean War
Location of Interment
Maplelawn Park Cemetery - Paducah, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

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 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1952, Korean War Fallen

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Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments
8th Bombardment Squadron3rd Bombardment Wing, Light
  1952-1952, AAF MOS 1082, 8th Bombardment Squadron
  1952-1952, AAF MOS 1082, 3rd Bombardment Wing, Light
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1952 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1945-1949, United States Military Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-26 Marauder  
  1951-1952, B-26 Marauder
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt. McMurry, "Mac", attended the USMA Preparatory School at Amherst College and at Fort Benning for several months before joining the Class of 1949 at West Point in July 1945.   He received his pilot training at Goodfellow AFB, Texas.  (See training below).

He was married following graduation and had two children prior to being sent to Korea.

He was the pilot of a B-26C  (# 44-34098) with the 8th Bomber Squadron, 3rd Bomber Wing based at Kunsan Air Base (K-8), Korea,  engaged in B-26 night interdiction attacks on Communist railroads and roads in North Korea.

Late at night on 19 April, 1952, shortly after taking off on Runway 24, his black B-26 aircraft, heavily loaded for combat, crashed and was swallowed up in the Yellow Sea one mile from shore. There was an extensive SAR effort included ROK Naval vessel and divers.

Crewmembers lost:
2nd Lt. Charles M. Familia, (MIA) 
1st Lt. James B. Gorral, Jr., (Remains recovered)
1st Lt. William F. McMurray, (MIA) 
2nd Lt. Wallace D. Stewart, (Remains recovered)

1949-1950 UFT, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
1950-1950 Advanced Pilot Training, Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma
1950-1951 3075th Ferry Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma
1951-1951 Squadron Officer Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
1951-1952 B-26 Combat Crew Training Course, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia
Notes/Links: (details of this unit and its actions in Korea)
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