Selman, Clifford Gene, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1953-Present, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
1950 - 1953
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lafayette, IN
Last Address

Casualty Date
May 17, 1953
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 8

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
13th Bombardment Squadron, Light, Night Intruder3rd Bomb WingUS Air Force
  1953-1953, 13th Bombardment Squadron, Light, Night Intruder
  1953-1953, 3rd Bomb Wing
  1953-Present, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
Purdue University
  1946-1950, Purdue University1
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-26K/A-26K Counter Invader  
  1952-1953, B-26K/A-26K Counter Invader
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"First Lieutenant Selman was the navigator of a B-26C Invader bomber with the 13th Bomber Squadron, 3rd Bomber Wing at Kunsan Air Force Base (K-8), South Korea. On May 17, 1953, while on a night intruder mission, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and its right engine burned off. The crew bailed out. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on May 18, 1954. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial...Source: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Korean War Honor Roll,

"Hit by AAA, right engine burned off, crew members bailed out, VMF(N)-513 pilots conducted SAR effort." Source:

Aircraft #44-35882
Karpowicz, Jerome NMI A1C USAF MIA
Quesnell, Raymond W Capt USAF RMC E&E'ed, rescued by USAF SAR helo
Selman, Clifford G 1st Lt USAF MIA
Walseth, Jr, John E Capt USAF RMC E-E'd, rescued by USAF SAR helo"
Source: Korwald Loss Incident Summary,

"Selman, Clifford G. 1st Lt, Category #5, B-26 (Missing 17 May 53)
(Retained in active file because two members of the four man crew were Returned To Military Control.) Capt's Quesnell and Walseth were interviewed by this Division. They stated that Selman and Karpowicz were the first and second to leave the aircraft. Karpowicz carried a URC-4 radio. They knew of no reasons why the bail out would not have been successful.
(From: Det #3, 6004th AISS, IR#121, 19 May 53): At 2219/I, the pilot heard a garbled transmission on 'D' channel at (YC 5041). It is believed to be a URC-4 transmission. Search results were negative."  Source:
1st Lt Clifford Gene Selman was born in Gary, Lake County, Indiana. He was the son of Lester Edward Selman and Helen Mio Povlock. He served in World War II.  Source: Ancestry World Tree Project - Our Selman Ancestry, He married Alma Anne Brennan May 12, 1952 in East Chicago, Lake County, Indiana. Source:

Note: The Commanding Officer of the 13th Bombardment Squadron sent a letter to Mrs. Selman dated 22 May 1953. The letter indicated that 1st Lt. Selman was on his 27th combat mission and on an armed reconnaissance mission over North Korea. When the aircraft reached the prime target the aircraft was diverted to a second target. The aircraft took on "considerable battle damage" and the crew bailed out. Lt.Selman acknowledged leaving the aircraft. A search was conducted, but Selman could not be located. Source: Ancestry World Tree Project: Our Selman Ancestry,

It should also be noted that 1st Lt Selman's name was on the fourth released Pentagon list of American Air Force personnel still unaccounted for after being reportedly captured by the Communists in Korea. Source: "List More PWs Still Missing," Dixon Evening Telegraph (Dixon, Illinois), Saturday, September 22, 1953,

"Name: Clifford Gene Selman
Birth Date: 3 May 1927
Gender: Male
Home City: Lafayette
Home State: Indiana
Citizen Status: US Citizen
Death Date: 18 May 1954 (Note: Presumed 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-Other Aircrew
Service Branch: US Air Force
Component: Reserve
Rank: First Lieutenant
Pay Grade: First Lieutenant"
Source: Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957,

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