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Old 11th September 2021, 10:51
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Where there any combat losses in WW2 over South Korea?

Like the title states, I am trying to find records of WW2 losses over the ROK. Any info would be appreciated, if there is anything on that topic out there.

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Old 11th September 2021, 11:46
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Re: Where there any combat losses in WW2 over South Korea?

If any, then late in the Pacific War.
On 7 Aug 1945 B-25J 44-31048 was lost on a "shipping sweep" off the coast of E. Korea and B-24M 44-42131 on a radar recce mission.
For latter see http://dokdo-research.com/kimdukhyung.html

Also see https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/199881 with another B-25 loss, on 6 Aug 1945, Pusan harbor.

USN losses here: https://pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/pb4y-2/59747.html

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Old 11th September 2021, 12:12
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Re: Where there any combat losses in WW2 over South Korea?

On 13/8/45, the 507th FG (P-47N) undertook a fighter sweep over Seoul. They encountered more than 50 enemy a/c.

507th FG claimed 20 destroyed, two probables and one on the ground. One P-47 was lost (pilot survived). The most successful pilot was Lt Oscar Perdomo, 464th FS.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_F._Perdomo
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Old 11th September 2021, 12:13
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Re: Where there any combat losses in WW2 over South Korea?

Thanks Leendert, might try to visit the B-24 site this coming summer. Could find nothing on the first B-25 you mentioned. Danny
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Old 12th September 2021, 13:05
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Re: Where there any combat losses in WW2 over South Korea?

Danny,

Loss of B-25 44-31048 is covered in MACR 16303: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/91173893

There were also some more USN (PB4Y) losses in Korean waters next to the two mentioned in the link in # 2.
Please go to https://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/USN/PB4Y.htm

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Old 12th September 2021, 13:44
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Re: Where there any combat losses in WW2 over South Korea?

P-47N loss of 13 Aug 1945 (# 3) was 44-88232, damaged by Ki-43 near Seoul and lost. MACR 14840, Pilot 1st Lt Dallas G. Yeargain POW. See https://catalog.archives.gov/id/91158817

Another P-47N of 507th FG lost was 44-88118, shot down by a Ki-44 on 14 Aug 1945, also in the Seoul area. See MACR 14871 here: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/91159261
Pilot 2nd Lt William L. McDaniel, Jr. POW.

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Old 12th September 2021, 17:51
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Re: Where there any combat losses in WW2 over South Korea?

Seems that 507th FG actually engaged Ki-84s on 13/8/45. The Japanese lost 11, from 22nd and 85th Air Regiments.
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Old 13th September 2021, 06:19
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Re: Where there any combat losses in WW2 over South Korea?

The problem with any losses in the Seoul area, they are very likely to under what is today Seoul and thus not locatable. Danny
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