Atkinson, Fred Franklin, Jr., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1953-1953, 3rd Bombardment Wing, Light
Service Years
1952 - 1953
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Tucumcari, New Mexico
Last Address
Kunsan Airfield, South Korea

Casualty Date
Jul 14, 1953
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
13th Bombardment Squadron, Light, Night Intruder3rd Bombardment Wing, Light
  1953-1953, 13th Bombardment Squadron, Light, Night Intruder
  1953-1953, 3rd Bombardment Wing, Light
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
New Mexico College of Agriculture & Mechanics Arts
  1947-1951, New Mexico College of Agriculture & Mechanics Arts
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-26K/A-26K Counter Invader  
  1952-1953, B-26K/A-26K Counter Invader
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
First Lieutenant Atkinson was the navigator served with the 13th Bomber Squadron, 3rd Bomber Wing out of Kunsan Airfield (K-8), South Korea as a B-26C "Invader" flight engineer.

While on a night intruder mission during the evening of 14 July 1953, his aircraft was lost between Sinanju and Pyongyang, North Korea.

Crew lost:
1st Lt. Fred F. Atkinson, Jr. (navigator)
A1C Howard L. Croshaw (tail gunner)
Captain Stanley B. Haladyna (pilot)
A3C Glen F. Story (flight engineer)

All were listed as MIA. Comments/Citation

A memorial or burial stone (likely memorial) in his name is located at the Tucumcari Memorial Park, Section: New Cem Block: 23 Row: D Lot: 5 Date of Burial: 5/12/1953 Source:
Fred Franklin Atkinson, Jr. was born in El Paso, El Paso, Texas, son of Fred Franklin Atkinson and Hazel Marguerett Wiley.  In 1930 he lived with his parents in Moore, Texas. He graduated from New Mexico A&M College (which in 1960 became New Mexico State University) in 1951 as part of the ROTC Army Air Programs. Sources: Fred Franklin Atkinson,; Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997,; 1930 U.S. Federal Census,; & Las Cruces -Sun-News, May 21, 1951,

"Name: Fred Franklin Atkinson, Jr
Birth Date; 7 May 1925
Gender: Male
Home City: Tucumcari
Home State: New Mexico
Citizen Status: US Citizen
Death Date: 15 Jul 1954 (Note: Presumed death date)
Processed Date: Nov 1976
Casualty Country: Korea
Casualty Type: Hostile - Died While Missing
Casualty Cause: Aircraft Loss/Crash Not at Sea
Casualty Air: Fixed Wing Air Casualty - Other Aircrew
Service Branch: US Air Force
Component: Reserve
Rank: First Lieutenant
Pay Grade: First Lieutenant"
Source: Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957,
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