Blizzard, William Austin, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 177-Radio Operator
Last AFSC Group
Signal (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1952-1952, 5th Air Force
Service Years
1946 - 1952
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Sgt D.L. Kimbrow (Skip) to remember Blizzard, William Austin, SSgt.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jun 13, 1952
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
In The Line of Duty
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Lost over Sea of Japan

 Official Badges 

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Korean War Fallen
  1952, Korean War Fallen

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Aircrew Enlisted (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Medium, Photographic91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Medium5th Air Force
  1952-1952, AAF MOS 177, 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Medium, Photographic
  1952-1952, 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Medium
  1952-1952, 5th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1952 Korean War/Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
RB-29/F-13 Superfortress  
  1952-1952, RB-29/F-13 Superfortress
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Staff Sergeant Blizzard was a crew member on a RB-29A “Over Exposed” (# 44-61813) with the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, U.S. Air Force.

On 13 June 1952, the aircraft departed Yokoto Air Base, Honshu, Japan on an electronic surveillance mission. It was shot down by 2 Russian MiG-15's over the Sea of Japan south of Mys Ostrovnoy, north of Hokkaido and 120 miles from the Russian coast. 

Nothing was ever found of crew or aircraft.

1st Lt. Robert J. McDonnell, Navigator
S/Sgt. Roscoe G. Becker, Right Scanner
S/Sgt. Eddie R. Berg, Tail Gunner
SSgt Leon F. Bonura, Left Scanner
MSgt. William R. Homer, Flight Engineer
Capt. Samuel D. Service, Radar Operator
1st. Lt. James A. Sculley, Pilot 
Major Samuel N. Busch, Aircraft Commander 
S/Sgt. William A. Blizzard , Radio Operator
S/Sgt. Miguel W. Monserrat, Central Fire Control Gunner
A1c Danny Pillsbury, Camera Operator
TSgt. David L. Moore

Note:  Some evidence that members of this crew were captured and held in the Soviet Union.
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