|Missing In Action (MIA)||Prisoners Of War (POW)||Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)|
|Chronology||Locations||Aircraft||Ships||Submit Info||How You Can Help||Donate|
|Pilot 1st Lt. Clark E. Kooper, O-693142 (MIA / KIA) Logan County, NB
Crashed March 13, 1945 at 11:15am
At 11:15, over Samah Airfield on southern Hainan Island, the formation was intercepted by five enemy fighters. After breaking off from the engagement, wingman Dow observed smoke coming from this aircraft's engine.
This aircraft's engine failed and Kooper bailed out. This Mustang crashed into the South China Sea roughly 20 miles off the southeastern tip of Hainan Island off the coast of China. 2nd Lt. Robert G. Dow, Jr. observed the crash. Kooper was observed to bailed out and was observed to land safely. When he failed to return, Kooper was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Dow did not circle him further, afraid of attracting or alerting the enemy fighters. After observing him land safely, Dow turned on his emergency beacon to mark the position and climbed to 10,000' to contact "Playmate" (Catalina) and reported the loss location.
|Discussion Forum||Daily Updates||Reviews||Museums||Interviews & Oral Histories|