Fisher, William Royal, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1024-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1951-1952, AAF MOS 1024, 20th Air Force
Service Years
1944 - 1952
Officer Collar Insignia

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Levittown, NY
Last Address
Kadena AB, Okinawa

Casualty Date
Jan 23, 1952
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1952, Korean War Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Aviator (Senior)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Air Force15th Air Force450th Bombardment Group, Heavy5th Air Force
19th Bombardment Wing, Heavy93rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy - Indian Outlaws20th Air Force
  1944-1944, 722nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1054, Headquarters, 15th Air Force
  1944-1946, AAF MOS 1054, 47th Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1945-1945, 450th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1951-1952, AAF MOS 1024, 5th Air Force
  1951-1952, AAF MOS 1024, 19th Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1951-1952, AAF MOS 1024, 93rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy - Indian Outlaws
  1951-1952, AAF MOS 1024, 20th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 World War II
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1950-1953 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  B-29 Superfortress  
  1944-1945, B-24 Liberator
  1951-1952, B-29 Superfortress
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Captain Fisher flew B-24s during WWII in the ETO 450th BS (no other information). Entered the service from Levittown, New York.

Following the War, he was a pilot for Colonial Airlines, a Canadian air lines based out of Montreal and LaGuardia Air Port, New York.

He went back into service at the outbreak of the Korean War, and was trained in B-29s.  He was assigned to Kadena AB, Okinawa in December 1951.

On the day of his loss, he had replaced the original pilot of this his last mission when that pilot became ill.

Captain Fisher was the pilot of B-29A (#44-87734) named "Double Whammy" with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing stationed at Kadena AB, Okinawa.

On 23 January 1952, while on a night bombing sortie, the aircraft's engines died after being struck by flack, leaving only one engine operational. This caused a runaway prop which came throug the fuselodge resulting in the plane catching fire. Capt. Fisher ordered the crew to bail out saving most of the crew. It was imposable for the crew members in the front of the plane to bail out due to the fire. Contact was lost between Okinawa and South Korea. Search and Rescue (SAR) results were negative.

Further details: 14 member crew lost in this incident. Runaway propeller sheared and cut into the fuselage. Location of loss listed as Chinnampo Mud Flats, North Korea/Over Sea of Japan.

Some of crew members were able to escape by parachuting from the aircraft with the help of SSgt. Law who remained on the plane, apparently unable to escape without help (according to persons who served on that aircraft with him). These men were captured by the North Koreans. 

Crew Lost:
1st Lt. James Argetis, MIA
Cpl James L. Bell, MIA
SSgt. Richard B. Caldwell, MIA
Capt. William R. Fisher, MIA
SSgt. Asa Law, MIA
1st Lt. Hugh K. Thomson, MIA

Crew POW and Returned in "Operation Big Switch":
1st Lt. Bartus H. Carter
Cpl. Roderick G. Conn
1st Lt. Thomas L. Eyres
MSgt. Carrell T. Hodges
Capt. Garold B. Kubicek
PFC David Lewis
Cpl. George A. Wedsworth
Cpl. Travis C. Weldon

Memorial at Fort Logan National Cemetery, MB Section, Site 229,  Denver, Colorado.
Notes/Links: (partial crew list) (Colonial Airlines, Canadian ownership. DC-3/C-47A, based in Montreal and LaGuardia.) (photo) Many photos on (crash info and crew list, POW and MIA) (Details that this aircraft dropped the first bomb of the Korean War on the Seoul railway station on 28 June 1959, six hours before Truman authorized the intervention in Korea. Nose art was of "Evil Eye Fleagle" from the Al Capp's Li'l Abner cartoon series. (nose art photo) (crew listing info) 

Robert A. Mann, The B-29 Superfortress Chronology, 1934-1960 , McFarland & Co., Jefferson, NC, 2009, page 255. 
Robert Dorr, B-29 Superfortress Units of the Korean War , Osprey Combat Aircraft, 2003, page 11+.
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