Bradley, Ralph, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1082-Pilot, B-26
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1951-1953, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
1942 - 1951
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jun 13, 1951
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
459th Bombardment Group, Heavy3rd Bombardment Group, Light8th Bombardment SquadronUS Air Force
  1945-1945, 459th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1950-1950, 3rd Bombardment Group, Light
  1950-1951, 8th Bombardment Squadron
  1950-1951, 3rd Bombardment Group, Light
  1951-1953, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1950-1951 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-26K/A-26K Counter Invader  
  1950-1951, B-26K/A-26K Counter Invader
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"First Lieutenant Bradley was the co-pilot of a B-26B Invader bomber with the 8th Bomber Squadron, 3rd Bomber Group. On June 13, 1951, while on a night intruder mission along Route Green 7, contact with the aircraft was lost. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. 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: 510613
Tail Number: 41-39396
Aircraft Type: B-26B
Wing or Group: 3rd Bmb Wg (L)
Squadron: 8th Bmb Sq (L)
Circumstances of the Loss: Night intruder mission along route Green 7, last radio contact at 0130 hrs. SAR effort negative
Crewmembers Associated With This Loss:
Bradley, Ralph P 1Lt USAF MIA
Holland, Louis D Capt USAF MIA
Lindsey, Ray E SSgt USAF MIA"
Source: Korwald Loss Incident Summary,

There is a Memorial stone at Arlington National Cemetery, Plot: Memorial Section E. Source:

Ralph Porter Bradley was born in Niagara Falls, New York, the son of Delmont Rockwood Bradley and Bertha Idella Porter. In 1930 he and his family lived in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He was a 1938 Graduate of Gloucester High School. He enlisted in the Air Corps as a Private on January 5, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts. Sources: & U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,

Note: There are references to 1st Lt Bradley being a Navigator, which is possible considering he served in WWII. The "Service Photo" shown on the left panel, however, reflects a Bombadier Wing, so I've indicated that as a secondary wing. Since he was flying as a crew member in a B-26 Invader during the Korean War, it would seem he had to be a co-pilot, as the crew of three was usually a pilot, co-pilot and gunner.

"Name: Ralph Porter Bradley
Birth Date: 20 Apr 1920
Gender: Male
Home City: Gloucester
Home State: Massachusetts
Citizen Status: US Citizen
Death Date: 31 Dec 1953 (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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