Lafferty, Thomas C., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1952-Present, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
- 1952
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jan 31, 1952
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korean War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section MH Site 173

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Korean War Fallen
  1952, Korean War Fallen

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Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
39th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron18th Fighter-Bomber Group35th Fighter GroupUS Air Force
  1951-1952, 39th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1951-1952, 18th Fighter-Bomber Group
  1951-1952, 18th Fighter-Bomber Group
  1951-1952, 35th Fighter Group
  1952-Present, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1952 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-86 Sabre  
  1951-1952, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1952-1952, F-86 Sabre
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"1Lt Thomas C Lafferty USAFR
Loss Bio
MIA January 31, 1952 in Korea
First Lieutenant Lafferty was a pilot of a F-51D Mustang night fighter with the 39th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 35th Fighter-Interceptor Group. On January 31, 1952, while making a strafing run on enemy positions, his aircraft was shot down by ground fire. He dove into his target. No other information on his loss incident is known, or if known, has been made public.

In 1993, 'The Transfer of U.S. Korean War POWs to the Soviet Union,' also known as the 77 Page Report, a classified report, was leaked. The report was authored for the Joint Commission Support Branch, Research and Analysis Division, DPMO, Pentagon, and deals with the issue of US POWs from the Korean War who WERE transferred to the former Soviet Union and NEVER repatriated.
Lt. Lafferty's name appears in Appendix B of the report, '31 Missing USAF F-86 Pilots Whose Loss Indicates Possible Capture.'.." Source:

It is interesting that in a report of "Chinese Air-to-Air Victories during the Korean War, 1950-1953," Thomas C Lafferty, 39 FIS USAF, F-86E, is listed as shot down by a MiG-15. Source:
1st Lt Lafferty was the son of Claude E and Tabitha Lafferty. Source: 1930 Federal Census, Paulsboro, Gloucester, New Jersey A memorial stone was established at Arlington National Cemetery, Section MH Site 173. Source: U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca. 1775-2006,

"Name: Thomas C Lafferty
Birth Date: 17 Feb 1928
Gender: Male
Home City: Newfield
Home State: New Jersey
Citizen Status: US Citizen
Death Date: 23 Feb 1952
Processed Date: Nov 1976
Casualty Country: Korea
Casualty Type: Hostile-Died While Missing
Casualty Cause: Fixed Wing Air Casualty - Pilot
Service Branch: US Air Force
Component: Reserve
Rank: First Lieutenant
Pay Grade: First Lieutenant"
Source: Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957,
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