Schenck, Robert Lenard, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1024-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1952-1952, AAF MOS 1051, 5th Air Force
Service Years
1942 - 1952
Officer Collar Insignia

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Great Neck
Last Address
Great Neck, NY

Casualty Date
Nov 14, 1952
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, South
Korean War
Location of Interment
Beth Alom Cemetery - New Britain, Connecticut
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Korean War Fallen
  1952, Korean War Fallen

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Aviator (Senior)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
8th Air Force63rd Troop Carrier Squadron403rd Troop Carrier Wing5th Air Force
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1091, 8th Air Force
  1952-1952, AAF MOS 1051, 63rd Troop Carrier Squadron
  1952-1952, AAF MOS 1051, 403rd Troop Carrier Wing
  1952-1952, AAF MOS 1051, 5th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1951-1952 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  C-119 Flying Boxcar  
  1943-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1952-1952, C-119 Flying Boxcar
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
During WWII, Captain Robert Schenck had been a B-17 pilot in the ETO. He had received the DFC and several Air Medals.  He had received his commission on 30 August 1943.  Originally called to active duty on 27 October 1942,  he left active duty on 27 October 1945.

During the Korean War, Captain Robert Schenck was recalled to active duty on 1 May 1951.

On 14 November 1952, he was the senior pilot of a C-119C (#51-2551)  referred to as the "Flying Boxcar" with the 63rd Troop Carrier Squadron, 403rd Troop Carrier Wing (Provisional).  This unit flew missions dropping "paratroops and supplies, transported personnel and equipment, and evacuated casualties in support of the Far East Command and UN forces. "

On 14 November 1952, his aircraft was enroute from Ashiya Air Base, Japan to Seoul, Korea when it crashed into Hill 683 near Cho-ok and about 15 miles east of Airfield K-19, apparently in bad weather.  All of the 44 USAF crew and Army passengers aboard were killed in the crash. Their remains were recovered.
Air Crew and USAF Passenger:
A1C Leroy J. Beer, radio operator
A2C Marvin L. Gainey
SSgt. Ray W. Mansholt, flight engineer
2nd Lt.  John C. Mortensen, co-pilot
Capt.  William C. Moskosky, Sr., 403rd Medical Group, 315th Air Division
Capt. Robert L. Schenck, pilot
SSgt. Thaddeus L. Smith, Jr., radio operator

37 Army Personnel including
CWO Alfred H. Auger, 14th Engineer Combat Battalion
PFC Robert J. Beachy, 3rd Signal Company, 3rd Infantry Division
SGT Francis C. Berger,151st Engineer Combat Battalion
PFC Gilberto A. Berrios, Co. G, 2nd Bn, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
CPL Antonio Calaustro, 151st Engineer Combat Battalion
CPL William E. Clark, 1092nd Engineer Combat Battalion  
PFC C. Concepcion-Esquilio, no information)
CPL Patrick E. Connolly, Co. M, 3rd Bn, 7th Infantry Rgt, 3rd Div.
PFC Delbert Coulam, 14th Engineer Combat Battalion,
CPL Donald D. Drinnen, 14th Engineer Combat Battalion
SFC Albert W. Dzinwkowski, no information
CPL James A. Flory, 14th Engineer Combat Battalion
PFC Lloyd O. Fogt, Battery C, 9th Field Artillery Bn, 3rd Div.
CPL Frank Gfroerer, 1092nd Engineer Combat Battalion
CPL Thomas E. Giglio, 14th Engineer Combat Battalion
CPL John W. Hanlon, 14th Engineer Combat Battalion
MSG Arthur J. Holland, Company B, 15th Infantry Regiment
SGT Robert W. Irwin, 151st Engineer Combat Battalion
PFC Robert H. Koehler, 3rd Signal Company, 3rd Infantry Divisio
PFC Leon Letts Jr., 1092nd Engineer Combat Battalion
PFC Bronson J. Mastne, ompany M, 3rd Bn, 15th Infantry Rgt.
SGT Richard L. Menninger, 1092nd Engineer Combat Battalion
PFC Erling P. Miller, 1092nd Engineer Combat Battalion
PFC Billy G. Mouney, no information
SGT Donald R. Northrup, 151st Engineer Combat Battalion
PFC Byron H. Pittman, Co. M, 3rd Bn, 7th Infantry Rgt.
PFC Lovell E. Prater, 14th Engineer Combat Battalion
PVT Juan Rivera-Gonzales, no information
PFC Juan Rivera-Vazquez, no information
PFC Raul Rosales, Heavy Mortar Company, 15th Infantry Rgt.
SGT Arthur J. Scowcroft, 1092nd Engineer Combat Battalion
PFC Eugene R. Serra, Battery A, 10th Field Artillery Battalion
SGT Ray A. Shepherd, 151st Engineer Combat Battalion
PFC Freelan Shrewsbury, 10th Engineer Combat Battalion
SGT John C. Stauch, Sr., 1092nd Engineer Combat Battalion (WWII vet)
SGT Harry N. Tsuruoka, 151st Engineer Combat Battalion
CPL John H. Williams, 1092nd Engineer Combat Battalion

Captain Schenck was interred in Beth Alom Cemetery, New Britain, Connecticut.

Side Note:  
Captain Schenck was the uncle of popular evangelical minister, Reverend Rob Schenck.   (aircraft loss info) (unit assignments in Korea/Japan) (memorial video) (list of the lost.

Notes:  Some career information from the OQMG Form 623 Application for Headstone or Marker, 12 June 1953.

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