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  A-26B-50-DL Invader Serial Number 44-34300  
USAF
3rd BW
13th BS

Pilot  Captain James Alward Van Fleet Jr., 17852A (MIA / KIA) Auburndale, FL
Navigator  Captain John Albert McAllaster Jr., AO-757831 (MIA / KIA) Portland, OR
Tail Gunner  SSgt Ralph Lawrence Phelps, AF17291247 (MIA / KIA) Bemidji, MN

Crashed  April 4, 1952
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Manufacture Number 27579. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-26B-50-DL Invader serial number 44-34300. During 1947, Assigned to the U. S. Air Force (USAF). Redesignated the B-26B Intruder. Assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Wing, 13th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On April 4, 1952 took off on a on a night intruder mission piloted by Captain Van Fleet. Last contact was at 3:30am before this Intruder crashed near Haeju in North Korea. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All three were officially presumed dead March 31, 1954. All three remain listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

The crew are memorialized in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at the courts of the missing. Van Fleet and McAllaster on court 8. Phelps court unknown.

The crew are also listed on the Korean War Memorial Cenotaph in Dayton, Ohio. Van Fleet on panel 7. McAllaster on panel 2.

Van Fleet also has a memorial marker at Arlington National Cemetery at section 7.
McAllaster also has a memorial marker at Willamette National Cemetery at plot MN, 0, 211

References
Corpus Christi Caller Times "Van Fleet's Son Reported Missing" April 6 1952
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James Alward Van Fleet Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John Albert McAllaster Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Ralph Lawrence Phelps
FindAGrave - James Alward Van Fleet, Jr (news, Arlington National Cemetery)
FindAGrave - Capt James Alward "Jim" Van Fleet, Jr (Korean War Memorial cenotaph photo)
FindAGrave - James Alward Van Fleet, Jr (news, Arlington National Cemetery)
FindAGrave - Capt John Albert McAllaster, Jr (photo, Korean War Memorial cenotaph photo)
FindAGrave - John A McAllaster, Jr (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Ralph Lawrence Phelps (photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Ralph Lawrence Phelps (photo, Korean War Memorial cenotaph photo)
USAF Serial Number Search Results A-26B Invader 44-34300
Aviation Safety Network - ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 85538 Douglas B-26B Invader 44-34300
DPMO Korean War Aircraft Loss Database (KORWALD) April 4, 1952 via Wayback Machine August 6, 2014

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
B-26 (A-26)

POW/MIA
MIA
3 Missing
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