Casaccia, Libero Paul, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1951-1951, AAF MOS 1055, 5th Air Force
Service Years
1942 - 1951
Officer Collar Insignia
Captain

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fresno
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Oct 13, 1951
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Korea
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Liberty Veterans Cemetery - Fresno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Last Updated:
Oct 13, 2014
   
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Captain Libero Casaccia was the pilot of an AT-6D "Mosquito" observation aircraft (#42-84947), flying as an airborne forward air controller (FAC) in Korea. He served with the 6148th Tactical Control Squadron, 6147th Tactical Air Control Group at Pyongtaek Airdrome. His unit was responsible for deep penetration of enemy territory for close air support air strikes.

His aircraft was shot down while on a mission, no chutes were seen, and his aircraft crashed and burned 15 miles northeast of Kaesong. His observer, SFC Frederick E. Larkin, was also killed. (Note: This mission was part of "Operation Nomad-Polar", the last last in a series of bloody Allied offensives against Communist forces in North Korea (push toward Kumsong, North Korea).

He was interred in Liberty Veterans Cemetery, Fresno, California. He left a wife and two children.

Note:
Profile Incomplete: Other service data from WWII, when he served in the ETO as a B-17 pilot. His B-17G (tail number 44-6550 was shot down over Czechoslovakia on 25 December 1944. He and the crew survived and were returned. From MACR 10703. 49th Bomb Squadron (H), 2nd Bomb Group (H), 15th Air Force out of Amendola, Italy. with a target of Brux Synthetic Oil Refinery, Czechoslovaia.


Note:
Army SFC Larkin served as an air-ground controller with I Company, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, U.S. Army. Prior to going to air ground control, he was in 2nd Squad, 4th Platoon, mortar section. (Profiled on Army TWS).

Comments/Citation
Notes/Links:
MACR 10703 http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/MACRmonthly/44DecMACR.htm
http://www.24thida.com/24th_division/korea_nomad_thiel_preface.html (Operation Nomad)
http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/korea/reports/air/korwald_info_1596.htm

http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=85012
http://www.mosquitokorea.org/front.html
http://www.koreanwar.org/html/korean_war_project_remembrance.html
http://www.koreanwar.org/html/units/usaf/6147tcs.htm
http://www.vetfriends.com/memorial/honoree.cfm?hindex=29886&user_ID=

http://www.armyaircrews.com/fixed.html
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?

page=gr&GSln=CASACCIA+&GSmid=46941847&GRid=23496815& (photo of marker)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6147th_Tactical_Control_Group

Information about the aircraft:
http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=287
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-6_Texan#cite_note-NMUSAF-0

Note:
SFC Larkin: information...
http://www.koreanwar.org/html/korean_war_project_remembrance_1.html?KCCFADD__CASUALTY_ID=17313

   
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