Tahsequah, Meech, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1024-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, AAF MOS 1060, 3rd Maintenance Squadron
Service Years
1941 - 1950
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Walters
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Dec 06, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
376th Bombardment Group, Heavy5th Air Force3rd Bomb Wing3rd Maintenance Squadron
  1942-1944, AAF MOS 1024, 376th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1950-1950, AAF MOS 1060, 5th Air Force
  1950-1950, AAF MOS 1060, 3rd Bomb Wing
  1950-1950, AAF MOS 1060, 3rd Maintenance Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1950-1950 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  B-26 Marauder  
  1941-1945, B-24 Liberator
  1950-2003, B-26 Marauder
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Last Known Activity
Lieutenant Colonel Meech Tahsequah was a member of the Comanche Nation. He served in both WWII and Korea as a pilot.

On 14 July 1941, he enlisted in the US Army Air Force as an Air Cadet. He was trained in the B-24D at Fort Worth AAF (Tarrant Field Airdrome was assigned to the Army Air Forces Flying Training Command, in 1942, for B-24 and B-26 training.) In Europe, he flew 31 combat missions, logging over 300 combat hours aboard a B-24 Liberator Bomber. He was wounded twice in action over the ETO. He flew on the Ploesti Raids in 1943, as a 2nd Lt. and co-pilot, "Tidal Wave" operation. and earlier as part of the Halverson Detachment/Project. During the Korean War, then Major Tahsequah was a member of the 3rd Maintenance and Support Squadron.

On 5 December 1950, he was a passenger aboard a B-26B (#44-34222) of the 8th Bomb Squadron (L), 3rd Bomb Wing (L) when the aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed 30 miles north of Susa, North Korea, near Tsushima Island. The navigator, who bailed out and made his way to friendly lines, said Tahsequah and the other crewmember bailed out before crashing. It was thought at one time he was a prisoner of war as his name was mentioned by North Korean propaganda. He was reported to be a POW by Communist propaganda in December 1951. He remains one of the many MIA in North Korea. His body has never been recovered.

He was honored by the Comanches in their Comanche Warrior "Circle of Honor" along with other Comanches who were Killed in Action.
   
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Notes/Links:

http://www.comanchenation.com/CIVA/index.html
http://www.koreanwar.org/html/letters_to_the_lost_from_korea.html
http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/pmkor/korwald_info_1534.htm
http://www.cieldegloire.com/batailles_coree_pertes14.php 1950
http://www.376hbgva.com/history/preblehistory.html
http://orbat.com/site/history/historical/usa/operationtidalwave.html (Operation Tidal Wave: Ploesti August 1, 1943)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carswell_Air_Force_Base#World_War_II
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Tidal_Wave
http://www.lipper.cc/8th_AF/pages/TidalWaveRoster.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comanche
http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA283548&Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf (page 154 details the possibility of his survival)

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Tahsequah&Submit7=Go (training) Text: James Dugan et al., Ploesti: The Great Air-Ground Battle of 1 August 1943, 1962/2002, page 4, etc.

http://www.homeofheroes.com/wings/part2/09_ploesti.html
http://www.koreanwarpowmia.net/Reports/Air_Intel.htm

Text: W.C. Meadows, Kiowa, Apache, and Comanche Military Societies: Enduring Veterans, 1800 to the Present, University of Texas, Austin, 1999, pg. 362.

http://www.nationalalliance.org/korea/k-af06.htm (reported in enemy hands)
   
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