Downes, Harold Webb, Jr., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1035-Bombardier
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1952-1954, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
1943 - 1952
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Stoneham, MA
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jan 13, 1952
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War FallenState of Ohio Korean War Memorial
  2014, Korean War Fallen
  2016, State of Ohio Korean War Memorial [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Bombardier Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
8th Bombardment Squadron3rd Bombardment Group, LightUS Air Force
  1951-1952, 8th Bombardment Squadron
  1951-1952, 3rd Bombardment Group, Light
  1952-1954, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1952 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-26K/A-26K Counter Invader  
  1951-1952, B-26K/A-26K Counter Invader
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"First Lieutenant Downes was the bombardier of a B-26B Invader bomber with the 8th Bomber Squadron, 3rd Bomber Group. On January 13, 1952, while on a night interdiction mission over the Anju/Sinaju area of North Korea, his aircraft was shot down. Two of his crew were captured. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. 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: 520113
Tail Number: 44-34600
Aircraft Type: B-26C
Wing or Group: 3rd Bombardment Wing (L)
Squadron: 8th Bombardment Squadron (L)
Circumstances of Loss: At 2350-I, about 10 miles northwest of Sunan and at an altitude of 4,000 feet, the pilot ordered the crew to bail out. The two known survivors, the pilot and navigator
Crewmembers Association With This Loss:
Cambell, Reynold G PFC USAF MIA
Downes, Jr. Harold W 2Lt USAF MIA
Enoch, Kenneth 1Lt USAF RMC RMC Big Switch
Quinn, John S 1Lt USAF RMC RMC Big Switch"
Source: Korwald Loss Incident Summary,
Harold Webb Downes, Jr was born in Worburn, Massachusetts, the son of Harold Webb Downes and Alfreda Renfree. Source: & WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings,

"Name: Harold Webb Downes, Jr
Birth Date: 19 Sep 1925
Gender: Male
Home City: Stoneham
Home State: Massachusetts
Citizen Status: US Citizen
Death Date: 1 Mar 1954 (Note: Presumed death date)
Processed Date: Nov 1976
Casualty Country: Korea
Casulaty 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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