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  B-26C-30-DT Invader Serial Number 44-35210 Squadron Code BC-210
USAF
3rd BW
90th BS

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Brian McMorrow 2009

Pilot  Maj. John E. Roberts, 12864A (MIA/ KIA) Lake Bluff, Illinois
Radar  Maj. Robert A. Sydnor, 7395A (MIA/ KIA) Corder, Missouri
Tail Gunner  A1C George L. Cherrington, AF16399864 (MIA/ KIA) Galesburg, Illinois

Crashed  July 1, 1953
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas as an A-26C-30-DT Invader. Manufacture Number 28489. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF). During 1947, assigned to the U. S. Air Force (USAF). Redesignated the B-26C Intruder. Assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Wing, 90th Bombardment Squadron. This aircraft was painted overall black for night missions with squadron code BC-210 painted in red on the fuselage. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On July 1, 1953 took off piloted by Roberts on a night intruder / radar reconnaissance mission, the day before the cease-fire was to take effect. The last reported position was Oboe inbound to a check point. When this aircraft failed to return and was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Wreckage
The rear fuselage was recovered from the crash site and transported to Pyongyang. The USAF insignia and fuselage code "BC-210" remain on the fuselage.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission, officially declared dead on July 2, 1954. All three crew remain listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

The crew are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Honolulu Memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Roberts, Sydnor and Cherrington at court 8. The crew are also listed on the Korean War Memorial Cenotaph in Dayton, Ohio. Roberts on panel 14. Sydnor on panel 3. Cherrington on panel 4.

Major Roberts was awarded the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Republic of Korea War Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

Display
This aircraft is displayed at the Victorious Fatherland Liberation Museum (North Korean War Museum) in Pyongyang. on a wooden frame indoors in the basement level. Around 2012, this aircraft was moved to a new covered outdoor exhibit area when the museum was renovated.

References
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John Edward Roberts
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert Austin Sydnor
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - George L. Cherrington
FindAGrave - Maj John Edward Roberts (photo)
FindAGrave - Maj John Edward Roberts (photo, Korean War Memorial cenotaph)
Assembly "Maj John Edward Roberts" October 1988
FindAGrave - Maj Robert Austin Sydnor (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Maj Robert Austin Sydnor (Korean War Memorial cenotaph)
FindAGrave - A1C George Lee Cherrington (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - AMN George Lee Cherrington (Korean War Memorial cenotaph)
USAF Serial Number Search Results A-26C 44-35210
Aviation Safety Network - ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 86469 Douglas B-26C Invader 44-35210
DPMO Korean War Aircraft Loss Database (KORWALD) July 1, 1953 via Wayback Machine July 18, 2013
DPMO Korean War Aircraft Loss Database (KORWALD) Loss Incident Summary - B-26C 44-35210 via Wayback Machine July 18, 2013

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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B-26 (A-26)

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