O'Dell, Howard Elliott, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 8th Fighter-Bomber Group
Service Years
1942 - 1950
Officer Collar Insignia

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Itazuke AB, Japan

Casualty Date
Jul 19, 1950
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, South
Korean War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  2014, Korean War Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
36th Fighter-Bomber Squadron8th Fighter-Bomber Group
  1950-1950, 36th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
  1950-1950, 8th Fighter-Bomber Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  
  1950-1950, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Date: 19-JUL-1950
Type: Silhouette image of generic f80 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed F-80C-10-LO Shooting Star
Owner/operator: USAF
Registration: 49-698
C/n / msn:  
Fatalities: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: 1 mi West of Taejon Airfield -   South Korea
Nature: Military
Departure airport:  
Destination airport:  
Attached to 8th Ftr-Bmbr Gp. Damaged by YaK-9 fighters, crashed 1 mi W of Taejon airfield (South Korea).




Captain O'Dell was the pilot of a F-80C Shooting Star fighter interceptor with the 36th Fighter-Bomber

Squadron, 8th Fighter-Bomber Group. On July 19, 1950, while on a combat mission, his aircraft was attacked

by YaK-9 fighters and crashed one mile west of Taejon Airfield, South Korea. He was listed as Missing in

Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed

on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. ** Captain O'Dell was awarded the Air Medal with 3 Oak

Leaf Clusters, 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.


Capt Howard Elliott O'Dell
Birth:  Apr. 20, 1920, USA
Death:  Jul. 19, 1950, South Korea

Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal. 
Korean War Memorial
Montgomery County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Cenotaph > New York Panel 16
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