Albright, Richard Louis, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Primary Unit
1952-1953, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
1950 - 1952
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Clovis, New Mexico
Last Address
Yokota Air Base, Japan

Casualty Date
Jul 04, 1952
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

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Korean War FallenState of Ohio Korean War Memorial
  1952, Korean War Fallen
  2016, State of Ohio Korean War Memorial [Verified]

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Aircrew Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Medium, PhotographicUS Air Force
  1952-1952, 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Medium, Photographic
  1952-1953, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1952 Korean War
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall (1952)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
RB-29/F-13 Superfortress  
  1951-1952, RB-29/F-13 Superfortress
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"Staff Sergeant Albright was a crew member on a RB-29A reconnaissance Superfortress with the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, U.S. Air Force. On July 4, 1952, while on a photo reconnaissance mission over Sinanju, North Korea and possibly China, his aircraft was shot down by a MiG. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on November 20, 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: 520704, Tail Number: 44-61727, Aircraft Type: RB-29A, Squadron: 91st SRS (Photo)
Circumstances of the Loss: Shot down by MiG possibly over China or extreme northern NK (Sinanju), extensive SAR effort by one Navy combatant and at least eight aircraft, including two SA-16s and five B-29s" Source: Korwald Loss Incident Summary,
Note: Thirteen (13) crewmembers were aboard.

Then A1C Albright, a crewmember of RB-29A, 44-61727, "So Tired," was aboard the aircraft when it departed Yokota Air Base, Japan at 1858 hours on July 3, 1952. Based on statements of repatriated crew members, the aircraft reached the Sinanju area at around 2330 hours and encountered some sporatic ground fire. Shortly upon arrival in the area  a MiG-15 attacked the aircraft and severely damaged the aircraft. At 19,000 feet, the crew abandoned the aircraft, which crashed 20 miles southwest of Sinanju. According to the Soviets, Major Anatoly Karelin, a Russian Ace, took down the aircraft. During the bailout, the co-pilot attempted to to push out a crewmember who refused to leave the aircraft. The co-pilot saw fire coming from the forward bulkhead door, which was the last thing he remembered before regaining consciousness in his parachute. A newspaper article printed while Albright was missing indicates his wife was told by the commander of his unit - that "one died in the plane. The other's parachute failed to open when the crew bailed out." The crew has indicated that one crew member died from ground fire or the MiG attack. Whether Albright died on the aircraft or after bailing out is unclear, but he and another airman were the only members of the crew who were later declared dead, as eleven (11) of the crew were POWs and returned to friendly forces with the RMC Big Switch after the war. Source: Kevin O'Neal, The Abbreviated Life of the Ill-fated RB-29 #44-61727, Part 2, & Las Cruces Sun-News, September 8, 1953

Richard Louis Albright was born in Clovis, Curry County, New Mexico, son of Bertie Stephen Albright and Beulah Capitola Wood. Source: Richard Louis Albright, 
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