Dingle, Harry Waldo, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 2140-Air Liaison Officer, Staff
Last AFSC Group
Branch Immaterial (Officer)
Primary Unit
1951-1951, POW North Korea
Service Years
1941 - 1951
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Newport Beach/Long Beach, California

Casualty Date
Feb 12, 1951
Hostile, Died while Captured
Intentional Homicide
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Sunnyside Cemetery - Long Beach, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Korean War Fallen
  1951, Korean War Fallen

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
452nd Bombardment Wing, Light729th Bombardment Squadron, Light Night Intruder5th Air ForcePrisoner Of War (POW)
  1950-1951, AAF MOS 2140, 452nd Bombardment Wing, Light
  1950-1951, 729th Bombardment Squadron, Light Night Intruder
  1950-1951, 5th Air Force
  1951-1951, POW North Korea
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1950-1951 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-26 Marauder  
  1950-1951, B-26 Marauder
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Captain Dingle was a veteran of World War II, enlisting on 22 July 1941 as a private at Los Angeles, California.  He flew in 35 missions with the 8th Air Force in the ETO, and also served in the Pacific Theater  (no other information).

He served in the USAF Reserve following the war, living in Long Beach, California.

His unit, primarily from California, was a USAF reserve unit made up of B-26 aircraft. They arrived in Korea in August 1950. In Korea, he was a member of the 729th Bomber Squadron, 452nd Bomber Wing. He was attached to the 8th Republic of Korea Division as an air controller. He was also the personal aide of Brig. General Luther W. Sweetser, commander of Long Beach's 452nd Bomb Wing.

He was taken Prisoner of War while engaged with the enemy near Wonju, South Korea on 12 February 1951.  He was on a ground control mission at the time.  He died while a prisoner at Camp #5, Pyoktong, Pyongyang North Korea of malnutrition and dysentery in 1951.

He left a young wife and daughter.  (His wife, Anna, died in 2003 in Long Beach, CA.  His daughter was married in July 1967.)

Details of WWII service, not available.

Notes:   Wonju: The Gettysburg of the Korean War by J. D. Coleman relates the battles in which Dingle had to have been present as an FAC advisor to the 8th ROK, due to the intense need for aerial reconnaissance to support combat operations on the ground. From this source, the Chinese forces attacked the ROK lines, etc. on the 11th of February as part of the Chinese 4th Phase Offensive. i.e. the Battle for Hoensong. 

"Four Long Beach Fliers Held in Red Mystery Camps",  Independent Press-Telegraph (Long Beach, CA), 13 September 1953, page A-5.  

http://www.koreanwar.org/html/korean_war_project_remembrance_1.html?KCCFADD__CASUALTY_ID=21513 (family remembrance) http://www.koreanwar.org/html/korean_war_project_remembrance.html


http://www.qmmuseum.lee.army.mil/korea/op_glory.htm  (His remains were recovered under this program Operation Glory from a Pyoktong cemetery.)

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