Anctil, Laurence E., Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1056-Pilot, Two-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1951-1953, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
1941 - 1951
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jan 27, 1951
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)51st Fighter-Interceptor Group68th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
US Air Force4th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1941-1941, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1941-1945, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1950-1951, 51st Fighter-Interceptor Group
  1950-1951, 68th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1950-1951, 6160th Air Base Wing
  1950-1951, 4th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1951-1953, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1950-1953 Korean War1
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-82 Twin Mustang  
  1950-1951, F-82 Twin Mustang
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"Captain Anctil was the pilot of a F-82 Twin Mustang night fighter with the 68th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 6160 Air Base Wing. On January 27, 1951, he failed to return from a combat mission. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. He remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. Captain Anctil was awarded the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service  Medal." Source: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Korean War Honor Roll,

Note: Also on the the aircraft and MIA with Capt Anctil was 1st Lt Robert L. Greer.

"2. Circumstances: Lieutenant Anctil and Greer were pilot and radar observer, respectively, of an F-82 type aircraft number 46-399, which departed Teegu Air Base, South Korea, on the evening of 26 January 1951, for a two hour night combat patrol mission of the area between Pyongyang and Kangdong, North Korea. Lieutenant Anctil arrived in the assigned area at 10:00 p.m. and relieved the aircraft which previously had been patrolling this sector and which departed for home base twenty minutes later after receiving radio acknowledgement from Lieutenant Anctil. The aircraft which was to relieve Lieutenant Anctil, arrived at midnight, but was unable to make contact with him. When the missing F-82 failed to return from the mission, the crew was reported as missing 27 January 1951. Crews flying over the Pyongyang-Kangdong area for the following 7 to 10 days were alerted to search for crash signs of lost aircraft, but none was reported. During the twelve months which have elaspsed, no additional information has become available." Source:

1st L.t Anctil was officially promoted to the rank of Captain on February 15, 1951.

Subsequently both men were presumptively declared dead on December 31, 1953.

A memorial stone for Capt Anctil was placed at the Pittsfield Village Cemetery, Pittsfield, Somerset County, Maine. Source:
Laurence E. Anctil was the son of Edward C and Ruby A Anctil, who were living in Pittsfield, Somerset, Maine in 1930.  Source: 1930 US Census, Roll 839, Page 12B, Enueration District: 61, Image: 878.0, Laurence survived an aircraft crash in 1943. Source: He married Velma N. Ireland on 31 May 1946 in Pittsfield. Source: Maine Marriages, 1892-1996,

"Name: Laurence E Anctil
Birth Year: 1920
Nativity State or Country: Maine
State of Residence: Maine
County or City: Somerset
Enlistment Date: 3 Mar 1941
Enlistment State: Maine
Enlistment City: Bangor
Branch: Air Corps
Branch Code: Air Corps
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Component: Regular Army
Source: Civil Life
Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Unskilled occupations in manufacture of textiles, n.e.c.
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 71
Weight: 152"
Source: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,

"Name: Laurence Edward Anctil
Birth Date: 26 Sep 1920
Gender: Male
Home City: Pittsfield
Home State: Maine
Death Date: 31 Dec 1953 (Note: Presumptive Death Date)
Processed Date: Nov 1976
Casualty Country: Korea
Casualty Type: Hostile-Died While Missing
Casualty Cause: Aircraft Loss/Crash Not at Sea
Casualty Air: Fixed Wing Air Casualty - Pilot
Service Branch: US Air Force
Component: Reserve
Rank: Captain
Pay Grade: Captain"
Source: Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957,
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