CPT James A. Van Fleet Jr.
Lost In Korea, April 4, 1952
CPT James A. Van Fleet Jr. was born on December 28, 1925. He graduated from West Point in 1948,
and was commissioned in the Air Force. His official home of record was Auburndale, Florida. On
April 4, 1952, while flying a B-26 mission over Korea, he and his crew never returned to the air
base at Kunsan. He was the son of General James A. Van Fleet, who was
then the 8th Army Commander, and the Field Commander of UN Forces fighting in Korea.
The dates are often conflicted in the known, available records. On March 31, 1954, the United States
government made a presumptive finding of death in the cases of all three crewmembers, and changed their status to
"died while missing, body not recovered", effective April 4, 1952. What little else is known about the fate James Jr.
and his crew members, raises many disturbing questions about the issue of "unreturned" Korean War POW/MIA's!
A presumptive finding of death in each case!
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Our thanks to Sandra Fenton & Charles Hinton for permission to use the photographs!
Photo of Van Fleet Jr. by Ray Anastos.
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