Ashley, Gilbert Lamour, Jr., 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
1953-1954, POW North Korea
Service Years
1942 - 1953
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Rock Hall, Maryland
Last Address
Kadena AB, Okinawa

Casualty Date
Jan 29, 1953
Hostile, Died while Captured
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Died as POW, Body Not Recovered

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)US Air Force486th Bombardment Group, Heavy19th Bombardment Wing, Medium
Prisoner Of War (POW)
  1942-1942, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1051, 9th Antisubmarine Squadron
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1092, 486th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 486th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1952-1953, 28th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1952-1953, 19th Bombardment Wing, Medium
  1953-1954, POW North Korea
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II1
  1950-1953 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-18 Bolo  B-17 Flying Fortress  B-24 Liberator  B-29 Superfortress  
  1943-1944, B-18 Bolo
  1944-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1944-1945, B-24 Liberator
  1950-1953, B-29 Superfortress
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"Captain Ashley was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber with the 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group. On January 29, 1953, the aircraft was shot down by MiGs eleven miles south of Pyongyang and eighteen miles east of Sariwon. He was taken Prisoner of War and died as a prisoner. He was presumed dead on January 30, 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,

"29 January 1953 B-29A 42-65357, 28th Bmb Sq, 19th Bmb Wg. Downed by MiGs at night 10-12 mi S of Pyongyang (18 mi E of Sariwon). 3 of crew were returned from captivity, 2 were POWs, 9 MIA
Abrahamson, Gerald D A2C USAF RMC
Ashley, Jr. Gilbert L 1st Lt USAF POW
Henry, Dewey R 1Lt USAF MIA
Ishida, Hidemaro S. A2C USAF POW
Miller, Lee H SGT USAF RMC
O'Meara, jr. Jame J A2C USAF MIA
Olsen, Arthur R 1Lt USAF MIA
Pope, Jame D. A2C USAF MIA
Schwab, Edward A  A2C USAF MIA
Shaddick, III, John P 2Lt USAF MIA
Stevenson, Frank J A3C USAF MIA
Stopa, Dewey NMI 2Lt USAF KIA
Turner, Harold P 1Lt USAF MIA
Weinbrandt, Robert L. A2C USAF RMC"
"Name: Gilbert L Ashley Jr
Birth Year: 1922
Nativity State of Country: Maryland
State of Residence: Maryland
County or City: Kent
Enlistment Date: 26 Jan 1942
Enlistment State: Maryland
Enlistment City: Baltimore
Branch: Air Corps
Branch Code: Air Corps
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the war...
Component: Army of the United States
Source: Civil Life
Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Laundresses, private family
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 70
Weight: 141"
Source: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,

Note: Lt. Ashley was known to be alive  as of the close of the Korean War. The group, often called the "Ashley Five," included 1st Lt. Ashley, A2C Hidemaro Ishida, 1Lt Arthur Olsen, 2Lt John P. Shaddick and 1Lt Harold P. Turner. On May 24th, the U.S. military attempted a rescue mission of the five but were fired upon and aborted the mission. How the military knew the five were alive in July of 1953 is unclear, and what happened to the five men is still unknown, but they were not killed on the day of the crash. Sources:, Deseret News, "Shadowy episode of Korean War still mystery, Dec. 29, 1997, and - google name Hidemaro Ishida

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