David, Mike Steve, 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
1950-1951, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
1945 - 1950
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Los Angeles. CA
Last Address

Casualty Date
Oct 08, 1950
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Association Memberships
Korean War FallenState of Ohio Korean War Memorial
  2013, Korean War Fallen
  2016, State of Ohio Korean War Memorial [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)18th Fighter-Bomber Wing12th Fighter-Bomber SquadronUS Air Force
  1945-1945, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1950-1950, 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing
  1950-1950, 12th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
  1950-1951, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II
  1950-1950 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1946-1950, P-51/F-51 Mustang
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"First Lieutenant David was the pilot of a RF-51D Mustang fighter bomber with the 12th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 18th Fighter Bomber Wing. On October 8, 1950, while on a combat mission near Wonsan, North Korea, his aircraft's engine failed so he ditched the plane in Wonsan Bay. 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, htttp://www.abmc.gov

"Aircraft Type: RF-51D, Tail Number: 44-84870, Crewmembers Associated With This Loss: David, Mike S 1Lt, USAF KIA Pilot did not egress aircraft, Circumstances of Loss: Engine failure, ditched in Wonson Bay, no egress noted." Source: Korwald Loss Incident Summary, http://www.dtic.mil

1Lt David "...was attacking targets along the coast near Hungnam when his airplane was hit in the engine by ground fire...he could see oil streaming up through the top of the cowling..being a hundred miles behind enemy lines, he reasoned that his best chance for pickup would be with the Navy flotilla known to be steaming north...Mike headed out over the sea to intercept them, nursing his crippled Mustang as it gradually lost power and altitude. Mellow Control was alerted by radio, and they, in turn, notified the Navy, who promptly arranged for a helicopter rescue...Mike could see the Navy formation off on the distant horizon as his engine finally sputtered and froze...his dead-stick glide brought him closer and closer to the vast watery expanse. Then, while the helicopter hovered several hundered yards off to the side, Mike touched gently onto the placid surface of the Sea of Japan..Then, as if in slow motion, the Mustang's nose dipped under the surface, and with the continuing momentum of his landing speed, the entire airplane slid immediately under the water...Mike could be seen trying vainly, and belatedly, to jettison his canopy...being held forcefully on by water pressure..the airplane settled deeper into the sea.." Source: Unsung Heroes of the Korean Air War by D.E. "Bud" Biteman, http://18thfwa.org

"Name: Mike S David
Birth Year: 1926
Nativity State of Country: Ohio
State of Residence: Califonia
County or City: Los Angeles
Enlistment Date: 29 Mar 1945
Enlistment State: Califonia
Enlistment City: Fort MacArthur San Pedro
Branch: Air Corps
Branch Code: Air Corps
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the war...
Component: Reserves
Source: Enlisted Reserve or Medical Administrative Corps (MAC) Officer
Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Toolmakers and die sinkers and setters"
Source: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, Ancestry.com

"Name: Mike S David
Birth Date: 7 Nov 1926
Gender: Male
Home City: Los Angelos
Home State: California
Citizen Status: US Citizen
Death Date: 5 Oct 1951 (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-Pilot
Service Branch: US Air Force
Component: Reserve
Rank: First Lieutenant
Pay Grade: First Lieutenant"
Source: Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957, Ancestry.com

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