Engler, Claude Melvin, Jr., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last AFSC Group
AFSC Unknown
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 92nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1950
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hazelton
Last Address
Yokota AB, Japan

Casualty Date
Jul 13, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Japan
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Elan Memorial Cemetery - Lime Ridge, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
325th Bomb Squadron  - Alley Oop92nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1950-1950, 325th Bomb Squadron - Alley Oop
  1950-1950, 92nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
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B-29 Superfortress  
  1950-1950, B-29 Superfortress
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Last Known Activity

Date:
13-JUL-1950
Time:  
Type: Silhouette image of generic B29 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-29A Superfortress
Owner/operator: 92nd BG, 325th BS, USAF
Registration: 44-61923
C/n / msn: 11399
Fatalities: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 12
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Dogo Island -   Japan
Phase: Combat
Nature: Military
Departure airport:  
Destination airport:  
Narrative:
Destroyed 13/7/1950: named "Hoxie's Hoax" and attached to 92nd Bomb Group. 325th Bomb Sqn. While attempting to salvo bomb load at Oki-Gunto, one bomb prematurely exploded, crashed near Dogo Island, Japan, five crewmembers successfully bailed out and were rescued. Crew later named as:

BEAR, Gilbert SSGT USAF Rescued
CHAPMAN, Neil A. 1LT USAF KIA
ENGLER, JR., Claude M. S/SGT USAF KIA (Remains recovered)
HOXIE, Thomas CAPT USAF Rescued
HUGHES, Jesse M. SSGT USAF KIA (Remains recovered)
MCGEOUGH, Leo F. CAPT USAF KIA
MILLER, Donald D. 1LT USAF Rescued
O'DANIEL, JR., Robert R. USAF KIA (Remains recovered)
THOMAS, Allan CAPT USAF Rescued
URSINI, Jerry NMI CPL USAF KIA
UTZ, Harrison SGT USAF Rescued
WALLAN, Kenneth P. SSGT USAF KIA

 

Sources:
1. http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/korea/reports/air/korwald_info_1727.htm
2. http://home.comcast.net/~b29sinthekoreanwar/0-b29MasterList.htm
3. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1944_4.html


http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=83729

 

Staff Sergeant Engler was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber with the 325th Bomber Squadron,

92nd Bomber Group. On July 13, 1950, while making a bombing run at Oki-Gunto, Korea, bombs prematurely

exploded and the aircraft crashed near Dogo Island, Japan. His remains were recovered. ** Staff Sergeant

Engler was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the

National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service

Medal.
http://www.abmc.gov/search-korean-war-veterans-memorial-honor-roll/detail/Korea_9517#.U3fPwygbFVU

   
Comments/Citation
  
Birth:  Jan. 14, 1924
Hazleton
Luzerne County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death:  Jul. 13, 1950, At Sea


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Claude was the third of four children. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a Staff Sergeant, and drowned when his airplane crashed in the Sea of Japan. He served 1943-45 & 1946-50.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Claude Melvin Engler (1898 - 1952)
  Bertha Ann Howey Engler (1900 - 1982)
 
 Sibling:
  Mary Louise Engler Woolson (1921 - 2010)*
  Claude Melvin Engler (1924 - 1950)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Elan Memorial Cemetery
Lime Ridge
Columbia County
Pennsylvania, USA
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=32184112
   
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