Aiken, James Richie, Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1951, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
1947 - 1950
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Casualty Info
Home Town
North Hollywood, CA
Last Address
Miho AB, Japan

Casualty Date
Dec 29, 1950
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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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Korean War Fallen
  2016, Korean War Fallen

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Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
729th Bombardment Squadron, Light Night Intruder452nd Bombardment Wing, LightUS Air Force
  1950-1950, 729th Bombardment Squadron, Light Night Intruder
  1950-1950, 452nd Bombardment Wing, Light
  1950-1951, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-26K/A-26K Counter Invader  
  1950-1950, B-26K/A-26K Counter Invader
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"Sergeant Aiken was the tail gunner of a B-26B Invader bomber with the 729th Bomber Squadron, 452nd Bomber Wing. On December 29, 1950, while on a night intruder mission over Sunchon Air Base, North Korea, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire, crashed and burned. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 17, 1951. 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,

"Date of Loss: 501229
Tail Number: 44-34705
Aircraft Type: B-26B
Wing or Group: 452nd Bmb W (L)
Squadron: 729th Bmb Sq (L)
Circumstances of Loss: 1 of 5 B-26s, hit by AAA over Sunchon AB, NK, crashed, burned
Crewmembers Associated With This Loss:
Aiken, James R Cpl USAF MIA
McNamara, Martin J Capt USAF KIA
Victor, Jr. Irwin L 1Lt USAF KIA"
Source: Korwald Loss Incident Summary,
James Richie Aiken was born in North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California. He likely  graduated from high school in 1948 and joined the Air Force that same year.

"Name: James R Aiken
Birth Date: 20 Jan 1931
Gender: Male
Home City: North Hollywood
Home State: California
Citizen Status: US Citizen
Death Date: 17 Dec 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- Other Aircrew
Service Branch: US Air Force
Component: Reserve
Rank: Sergeant
Pay Grade: Sergeant"
Source: Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957,

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