Westervelt, Dirck de Ryee, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1950-1951, 8th Fighter-Bomber Group
Service Years
1945 - 1951
Officer Collar Insignia

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Itazuke AB, Japan

Casualty Date
Apr 29, 1951
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, South
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Cemetery Unknown

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1951, Korean War Fallen

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Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
26th Fighter Squadron51st Fighter Group35th Fighter-Bomber Squadron8th Fighter-Bomber Group
  1947-1947, AAF MOS 1055, 26th Fighter Squadron
  1947-1947, 51st Fighter Group
  1950-1951, 35th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
  1950-1951, 8th Fighter-Bomber Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
 Colleges Attended 
Harvard UniversityUnited States Military Academy
  1941-1942, Harvard University
  1942-1945, United States Military Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  
  1946-1947, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1950-1951, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"USMA Class of 1945, First Lieutenant Westervelt was the pilot of a F-80C Shooting Star fighter-interceptor with the 35th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 8th Fighter Bomber Group. On April 29, 1951, while on a combat mission, his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire, he managed to crash land at Seoul South Field (K-16), but died of injuries received..." Source: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Korean War Honor Roll, http://www.abmc.gov

Aircraft # 49-1840

"Name: Dirck D Westervelt
Birth Date: 4 Mar 1921
Gender: Male
Home City: Burlington
Home State: Vermont
Citizen Status: US Citizen
Death Date: 29 Apr 1951
Processed Date: Nov 1976
Casualty Country: Korea
Casualty Type: Hostile-Died of Wounds
Casualty Cause: Aircraft Loss/Crash Not at Sea
Casualty Air: Fixed Wing Air Casualty-Pilot
Service Branch: US Air Force
Component: Regular
Rank: First Lieutenant
Pay Grade: First Lieutenant"
Source: Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957, Ancestry.com

Note: Records available on the Internet indicate his rank at the time of his death was First Lieutenant, but per the US Military Academy he was promoted to Captain, which could have been posthumously.

Dirck De Ryee Westervelt was born in Albany, New York, son of Brig Gen. William I. Westervelt and Dorothy Jocelyn. He was born while his father was serving at the Watervlict Arsenal. General Westervelt was assigned to the arsenal in October 1919, as superintendent of Production. He had returned from France where he served in World War I. In June 1921 he succeeded Brig. Gen. James W. Benet as commanding officer of the arsenal. In August of 1923 he served as an attache for ordnance at the American Embassy in Paris. He retired from active duty in 1929. His son Dirck spent two years at Harvard before entering the U.S. Military Academy. At the time of his death his family resided in in New York City during the winter and Burlington, Vermont in the summer. Source: "Former Arsenal Commandant's Son Dies In Korea,"Troy Record (Troy, New York), Saturday, May 12, 1951
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