|Pilot Ensign William George Wagner, 301502 (rescued, KIA) Dayton, OH
Force Landed November 28, 1950
Built by Vought. Delivered to the US Navy. Assigned to Composite Squadron 62 (VC-62). No known nickname or nose art. Operated from the USS Leyte CV-32.
On November 28, 1950 took off from USS Leyte CV-32 on a patrol mission over North Korea. Over the target, hit by anti-aircraft fire and crash landed in northwest North Korea. Wagner survived unhurt and walked away from the wreckage to await rescue by helicopter.
Responding, H-5H Dragonfly 49-2009 arrived and landed to rescue Wagner. While returning to base, this helicopter ran out of fuel and crashed into the into mountains 25 miles northwest of Pyongyang killing all three in the crash.
Previously, Wagner crash landed piloting F4U-5P Corsair 122170 on October 7, 1950 and was rescued.
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February 4, 2018