Farler, Hugh Phillip, Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1951-1951, M 1024, POW North Korea
Service Years
1940 - 1951

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Spokane, Washington

Casualty Date
Dec 22, 1951
Hostile, Died while Captured
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section. 2, Grave 3450-2

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1951, Korean War Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Navigator Badge

 Unit Assignments
343rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy98th Bomb WingPrisoner Of War (POW)
  1951-1951, M 1034, 343rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1951-1951, M 1034, 98th Bomb Wing
  1951-1951, M 1024, POW North Korea
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1950-1953 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-29 Superfortress  
  1946-1951, B-29 Superfortress
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Major Hugh Farler had enlisted in 1940 and was stationed at Patterson Field in April 1940 as a Private.

During the Korean War, he was the pilot of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber (# 44-86327) with the 343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing, 5th Air Force, based at Yokota AB, Japan.

On 1 June 1951, while bombing a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, North Korea, his aircraft was attacked by MiG-15s, piloted by Russian pilots,  setting its wing on fire. Some crewmen were able to parachute into enemy lines.

He was taken prisoner and died in that status of ill treatment on 22 December 1951. Releases at the time were that he was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on 31 January 1954.

Capt. Jack M. Hobbie (POW/MIA)
SSgt. Charles W. Crocker, Jr. (POW/MIA)
1st Lt. George M. Goodman (POW/MIA)
Capt. Joseph L. Korstjens (POW/MIA)
A1C Irving Munroe(POW/MIA)
MSgt. Richard D. Seagoe (POW/MIA)
1st Lt. Wilbur J. Mueller (POW/MIA)

Major Hugh P. Farler (POW/DWP Remains Recovered in Operation Glory)
SSgt. Melvin J. Hunt (KIA/Remains recovered, Operation Glory)
Sgt. Dean D. Kehr, Jr. (KIA/Remains recovered Operation Glory)
Capt. David L. Little (POW/RMC Operation Big Switch)
SSgt. James B. Mullins, Jr.(RMC Operation Big Switch)

Capt. Robert A. Frederick (POW Returned in Operation Big Switch)

Major Farler was interred in Arlington National Cemetery, 6 July 1955, Section. 2, Grave 3450-2.

He left a wife, Doreen, and a young daughter in Spokane, Washington. They had met and were married in March 1945 in Leicester, England. She remarried an Air Force officer and Naval Academy graduate  in 1954 and passed away in Maryland in 2006. They were interred in Arlington National Cemetery (RE: Col Gayle May)..
See notes/links


References that he was held at what was known as Pak's Palace Camp in the  P'yong-yang locale, North Korea.

In a book written by a British POW who was a Pak's Palace, there is a reference to "an American colonel" and navigator, Hugh Farler, who was suffering from Beri-Beri and had to be carried in a stretcher.  He was carried by some of the men and was enroute to another camp when he died that next day while they were en route at Peace Camp, with final destination of Camp 5.  No statement as to what happened.
Korean War Memoirs of Lieutenant Guy Temple, 1st Battalion, Gloster Rement (Kindlyprovided to this website by his widow, Carline)  See page 18 in chapter titled December 1951.  On line this is referred to as the Guy Temple Memoirs Document.
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