Bitzer, Medon Armin, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1951-1952, AAF MOS 1055, 5th Air Force
Service Years
1945 - 1952
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1927
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
New York City
Last Address
Johnson City, Tennessee
San Francisco, California

Casualty Date
Jan 08, 1952
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Korea
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
67th Fighter-Bomber Squadron18th Fighter-Bomber Wing5th Air Force
  1951-1952, AAF MOS 1055, 67th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
  1951-1952, AAF MOS 1055, 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing
  1951-1952, AAF MOS 1055, 5th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1946-1950, United States Military Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1951-1952, P-51/F-51 Mustang
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
1st Lt.  Bitzer was the pilot of an RF-51D Mustang fighter bomber (#44-74515) with the 67th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 18th Fighter Bomber Group.

On 8 January 1952, while on a combat mission, his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire, burst into flames and crashed. His remains were not recovered.

He had enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1945 after graduating from high school. He then was selected for West Point, 1946-1950. He received his basic flight training at Goodfellow AFB, Texas, completing this in January 1951.

He flew the F-51 in training, and completed advance training, receiving his wings in August 1951, as well as his orders for Korea. He was assigned to the Mustang group at WonJu, Korea with the 67th Fighter Bomber Squadron 18th Fighter Bomber Group.

"On 8 January 1952, he was on his 15th mission, a dual purpose, two target, fighter strike in North Korea. Don dropped his bombs on the railroad deep in enemy territory; then on the return trip to his base, hit an important secondary target of supplies and personnel near the front lines, with his rockets and machine gun fire. As he broke away from the target after firing his first rocket, he and his aircraft were hit by enemy automatic weapons antiaircraft fire. Because he was hit personally and was at a low altitude, he was unable to abandon his burning aircraft and crashed into the target area."
   
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