Harrell, Virgil Bryan, Jr., TSgt

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last AFSC Group
AFSC Unknown
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 92nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1944 - 1950
Technical Sergeant

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Home State
Florida
Florida
Year of Birth
1926
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Miami
Last Address
Wolbong-ni, South Korea

Casualty Date
Sep 09, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Korea, South
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 8

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Korean War Fallen
  2014, Korean War Fallen


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Aircrew Enlisted (Basic)


 
 Unit Assignments
325th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy92nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1950-1950, 325th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1950-1950, 92nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-29 Superfortress  
  1950-1950, B-29 Superfortress
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
 
Technical Sergeant Harrell was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber with the 325th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group. On September 9, 1950, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and exploded mid-air near Wolbong-ni. Five parachutes were seen. He was listed as Missing
in Action and was presumed dead on March 31, 1954. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

 
Date: 09-SEP-1950
Time:  
Type: Silhouette image of generic B29 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-29A Superfortress
Owner/operator: USAF
Registration: 44-62084
C/n / msn:  
Fatalities: Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: -
Phase:  
Nature: Military
Departure airport:  
Destination airport:  
Narrative:
Attached to 92nd Bmb Gp. Hit by AAA, exploded in mid-air near Wolbong-ni, 5 chutes cleared the aircraft.

Sources:
http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/korea/reports/air/

http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=83837

   
Comments/Citation
Staff Sergeant Harrell was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber with the 325th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group. On September 9, 1950, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and exploded mid-air near Wolbong-ni. Five parachutes were seen. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on March 31, 1954.

Update April 3, 2013; remains associated with X-9 burial at Pyongyang from October 24, 1950 Graves Registration report. Ring found with his name inscribed, upon body.

Awarded
Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Virgil Harrell (1882 - 1960)
  Opal O. Harrell (1892 - 1968)   Burial:
Korean War Memorial
Dayton
Montgomery County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Cenotaph > Florida Panel 4

 
   
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