Drama, Donald John, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 543rd Tactical Support Group
Service Years
1948 - 1950
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1928
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Aurora
Last Address
Itazuke Air Base, Japan

Casualty Date
Sep 16, 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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Aviator (Basic)


 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Air Force
  1950-1950, 8th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1950-1950, 543rd Tactical Support Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
RF-80A  
  1950-1950, RF-80A
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
 
First Lieutenant Drama was the pilot of a RF-80A Lockeed Shooting Star photo reconnaissance aircraft

with the 8th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 543rd Tactical Support Group. On September 16, 1950,

while on a low level reconnaissance mission between Chechon and Chonchon, South Korea, contact with

his plane was lost. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.

His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. ** First Lieutenant Drama

was awarded the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, 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_8774#.U_p4m2OiVVU

 
Date: 16-SEP-1950
Time:  
Type: Silhouette image of generic f80 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed RF-80A Shooting Star
Owner/operator: USAF
Registration: 45-8386
C/n / msn:  
Fatalities: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: -
Phase:  
Nature: Military
Departure airport:  
Destination airport:  
Narrative:
Attached to 543rd Tac Spt Gp. Departed Itazuke AB, Japan on recon mission over central Korea, last contact as he approached the coast of Korea, lost on low-level recon mission btwn Chechon-Chonchon.

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

http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=83858

 
   
Comments/Citation


Lieut Donald John Drama
Birth: Mar. 23, 1928, USA
Death: Sep. 6, 1950, North Korea

First Lieutenant Downes was the bombardier of a B-26B Invader bomber with the 8th Tactical Recon Squadron, 543rd Tactical Support Group. Departed Itazuke AB, Japan on recon mission over central Korea, last contact as he approached the coast of Korea, lost on low-level recon mission between Chechon-Chonchon.

Awarded
Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, 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.
 
Burial:
Korean War Memorial
Dayton
Montgomery County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Cenotaph > Minnesota Panel 3

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