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Note NOTICE: "...I'm trying to find anyone who was in VP-6 in 1964 (Vietnam). We need to prove boots on ground to the VA so they will stop denying my retired Navy husband. Bob thinks if I could find a '64-'65 cruise book we could prove his boots on ground. Thank you..." Contributed by Patty bwmarineconst@gmail.com [30AUG2019]

Note NOTICE: "...I am researching the shoot down of the P2V-3W Neptune, more importantly, the fate of the ten crewmen..." Contributed by Pat Lively Dickinson, sister of Jack Lively wvp2v51@frontier.com [02JUL2019]

I am researching the shoot down of the P2V-3W Neptune, more importantly, the fate of the ten crewmen. I have been involved with research for the past 26 years. I have met with all of the Cold War Analysts at the Defense Department: starting with personnel from Task Force Russia, then DPMO and now DPAA, also several Family Organizations. I also keep in touch with a lot of other family members who are searching for answers. We all would like to have some form of closure for our families. It is haunting for all families who have no knowledge of what happened to our loved ones and many of us are searching. There is so much conflicting information, including several reports stating this crew was captured. I am sure we as families, won't like what we find.....but we have a need to know what happened to them.

I am looking for VP6 air crewmen stationed at Atsugi, Japan, who flew same missions on the two days prior to the November 6, 1951 shootdown of the P2V-3W, Bureau #124283. Ten crewmen were: Judd C. Hodgson, Sam Rosenfeld, Donald Smith, Samuel Baggett, Paul Foster, Erwin Raglin, Paul Juric, William Meyer, Ralph Wigert and Jack Lively.

Note NOTICE: "...VP-6 (1946-Present) - For personnel who served In-Country Vietnam, the VA has recently declared those eligible for the presumption of Agent Orange herbicide health exposure issues. See details on PATROL SQUADRON SIX VP-6 at https://www.vp-6.org..." Contributed by CAPTAIN B. Castro, Retired bcastro2710@yahoo.com [03JAN2019)

Note NOTICE: "...This is info for VP-4 AND a VP-6 all personel who served Jan 1965 -april 1965 you were part of porject SHAD test name Shady Grove. VP-6 was part of project Fearless Johnny aug-sept 1965 . This was part of Project 112 Project SHAD. For more complete info AEWBarRonPac. I hope this may be of help for VA health claims. Wishing all of you good health..." Contributed by APPLING, AX2 George E. applesappling@aol.com [31JUL2010]

Note NOTICE: "...I am searching for VP-6 members who served from January 1966 thru July 1968. If you have any knowlege of landing in Vietnam within the above dates, please email me. J. Bryant "Frenchy" Plourde bryj9@hotmail.com..." [06SEP2009]

Note NOTICE: "...We are working on a project regarding Navy aircraft flying above our ship December 18-20, 1950. The USS McKean (DD-784) and the USS Frank Knox (DD-742) encountered a Soviet submarine near Sasebo, Japan. Crewmembers of both ships reported that a US Navy patrol plane was above our ships during the encounter. One aircraft reported that one submarine had taken a stern shot that just missed our ship. We think the planes could be from VP-6 (28 Jun 1950-12 Feb 1951), VP-22 (01 NOV 50 to 01 MAY 51), VP-42 (19 JUL 50 to 01 APR 51), VP-46 (15 JUN 50 to 06 MAR 51), VP-47 (07 JUL 50 to 01 JAN 51), VP-772 (01 SEP 50 to 01 JAN 51) and VP-892 (18 DEC 50 to 01 AUG 51) squadrons that were flying near Sasebo, Japan at that time. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Richard Shaw rpsha@cox.net..." [26APR2007]

UPDATE "...I have received a message indicating that no VP-46 aircraft were involved.. Thanks. Richard Shaw rpsha@cox.net..." [21JUN2007]

Note NOTICE: "...VP-2 Memorial Project for NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. We are looking for Maintenance and Structural Manuals for the P2V7. The Memorial is going to be for all the Squadrons who were at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and the Shipmates who Died in the Operation of the Squadrons. So if you know or if you hear of Manuals please let me know so we can get bird to Nas Whidbey. SEXTON, Guy Capecod2443@aol.com..." [10FEB2002]

UPDATE "...Patrol squadrons finally recognized - By Jessie Stensland - Sep 16 2006 - Whidbey News Times http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/..." Forwarded by Jim Campbell blandjcampbell@aol.com [26NOV2006]

Hundreds of people traveled thousands of miles to be in Oak Harbor Thursday morning.

The first-of-its-kind Patrol Squadron Memorial was dedicated to aircrews past and present, and presented to the Oak Harbor community, in a dignified and emotional ceremony at the Veterans Park on East Pioneer Way. It began with a flyover by a P-3 Orion.

Linda MacDonald and her husband, Bob, flew to Oak Harbor from California to be at the ceremony with their two daughters. Linda said they came to the event in memory of her brother Dale Armour, whose name is engraved in a granite wall of the memorial along with the 84 other servicemen who lost their lives in Whidbey-based patrol squadron operations.

The memorial has deep meaning for the family.

"It's a culmination," Linda said. "It's closure. It gives us a place to come now to remember him."

Armour, a 22-year-old member of VP-42, was in a VP-2 Neptune aircraft that disappeared while on patrol in Alaska in 1967. The site of the crash wasn't found until 16 years later.

The MacDonald family was among more than 600 people who attended the ceremony. It coincided with a Reunion of Patrol Squadron Two Association, which is the group behind the memorial.

Capt. David Taylor, Commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10, spoke passionately during the ceremony about the history of the Navy's patrol and reconnaissance squadrons, which is a history inextricably linked to Oak Harbor. The first patrol squadron at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station flew PBY Catalinas in the 1940s.

Taylor spoke about how patrol squadrons helped to win the Cold War by "playing a cat-and-mouse game" with Soviet submarines and planes.

"Anywhere we could chase the enemy bear, we wore the enemy down," he said.

Yet Taylor said the patrol mission is still valid today, even with the end of the Cold War.

"This is a time of great challenge and change to the patrol and reconnaissance squadrons," he said, "our Navy and our nation."

Taylor also spoke about the bronze statue of a 1960s era airman, which is the centerpiece of the memorial.

"I see a proud warrior of the past," he said, "but I also see in his face the warrior of the present."

Floyd Palmer, president of the Patrol Squadron Two Association, turned over ownership of the memorial to the citizens of Oak Harbor with an official presentation to Mayor Patty Cohen.

Afterward, Palmer explained that the effort to build a memorial started when he took a tour of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station more than six years ago and realized that there was nothing to recognize patrol squadrons. It took the work of many members of the association and money from many generous donors to finally make his dream a reality.

During her speech, Cohen said the patrol squadrons didn't receive as much recognition as others in the military because "their missions were always classified," but she said they were definitely "so deserving of a permanent place in town."

The Northwest Navy Ceremonial Band ended the ceremony by playing Taps. Afterward, the audience got the chance to look at the memorial close up.

Robert Lenson, a member of the VP-2 Association, attended the event with his wife, Raye. He was the skipper of VP-17 in 1964.

Husband and wife agreed that such a memorial was long overdue.

"It means a great deal," Raye said. "We mourn the loss of crewmates. This recognition is important."

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UPDATE "...LEFT PICTURE: Appeared on page 2 of the 9-27 issue of the Northwest Navigator, NAS Whidbey Edition. This is the Northwest Navy newspaper for the region. RIGHT PICTURE: Win Stites..." Forwarded by McLAUGHLIN, LT Bob banddmcl1964@msn.com [04OCT2006]

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UPDATE "...On 9-14-2006 a Patrol Squadron Memorial dedication ceremony was held in Oak Harbor, WA. In attendance were approximately 600 past and present members of the VP community that had served at NAS Whidbey Island and the speakers were a mix of community and military leaders as well as those who had served. If you would like further info for your website I'll be glad to send what I have. Attached are a few photos..." Contributed by GOODMAN, AWCS Edward E. (Ed) Retired edusnret@gmail.com [25SEP2006]

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UPDATE "...If you don't get the "Wings" magazine, there is an article in it about a new Patrol Squadron memorial being built. Here are the highlights...Contributed by LARSON, LCDR John Retired oriondriver1975@yahoo.com..." [01NOV2005]

In 2004 the city of Oak Harbor approved the placement of the memorial in the city's Veterans Memorial Park.

VP squadrons have served at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington since 1942. In the Cold War periods, when most other active duty military forces were limited to exercises, simulators and war games to train for their various warfare specialties, VP aircraft and crews flew all-weather missions around the clock keeping track of the growing fleet of Soviet submarines in our waters and in theirs. VP crews did much of their training against live Soviet submarines. In addition to the ASW mission, VP crews were responsible for ocean reconnaissance, surveillance, mining and electronic warfare operations.

The Memorial has a single, simple purpose: the recognition of the contribution to freedom that the men and women of the NAS Whidbey Island, Washington patrol squadron community have made in over 60 years of service. Hundreds of Whidbey Is personnel have been lost in the VP operations since 1942. Among them are those whose names will appear on this Memorial from the Whidbey Is. P2V community.

The Whidbey Patrol Squadron Memorial is dedicated to all USN personnel who served in Navy patrol squadrons at NAS Whidbey Is. and to those Whidbey P2V airmen who lost their lives in the line of duty in VP operations.

The Memorial design consists of a life-size bronze statue of an airman in flight gear standing in front of a 3-section granite wall. Featured on the wall are an outline of a P2V, the Memorial dedication, a map depicting deployment sites, a list of Whidbey VP units and the names of those who perished in P2V flight ops.

Surrounding the walls are bricks inscribed in accordance with the wishes of donors who purchase the bricks. Brick purchases form the primary means of fund-raising for the Memorial which is scheduled for dedication in mid 2006. See http://www.patron2.com/files/wpsm.html for info on the Memorial, a listing of the 59 VP squadrons that served at Whidbey, the history of Whidbey VP operations and info on the Catalinas, Venturas, Mariners, Privateers, Neptunes, Marlins, and Orions involved.

Widespread support and donations for this memorial are encouraged. Brick orders and donations should be sent to Vic Gulliver, 1900 Franklin Dr, Glenview, IL 60026. Inquires including requests for brick-order-forms by mail should be sent to the VPSM Committee, 1376 West Beach Rd, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 or via email: wpsm@comcast.net.

UPDATE "...The following squadrons are all listed on the wall of the forthcoming Whidbey Patrol Squadron Memorial. The memorial, to be built in Oak Harbor, WA and dedicated in September 2006 includes a comemorative wall and a lifesize bronze statue of a typical VP aircrewman ready for flight.

If you are, or know any members of these squadrons, please contact us so we can keep everyone informed of the memorial progress. More information is available at http://www.patron2.com/files/wpsm.html.

VP-1, VP-2, VP-4, VP-6, VP-12, VP-17, VP-20, VP-27, VP-29, VP-32, VP-40, VP-42, VP-43/VPB-43, VP-46, VP-47, VP-50, VP-53/VPB-53, VP-57, VP-61/VPB-61, VP-62/VPB-62, VP-69, VPB-91, VP-107, VPB-112, VPB-115, VP-120/VPB-120, VP-122/VPB-122, VP-130/VPB-130, VP-131/VPB-131, VPB-135, VP-136/VPB-136, VPB-138, VPB-139, VPB-144, VPB-148, VPB-199, VPB-212, VP-772, VP-812, VP-931, VP-AM-1, VP-AM-2, VP-AM-5, VP-ML-1, VP-ML-2, VP-ML-4, VP-ML-61, VP-HL-7, VP-HL-10 and VP-HL-12.

It is a great Memorial, honoring all who served with NAS Whidbey Island, Washington Patrol Squadrons.

Al Hall, WPSM Committee, VP-2 1950-1952...Al Hall alandmarylou@comcast.net..." [24MAY2005]

UPDATE "...A project is underway to create a Memorial recognizing the contributions of all Whidbey-based VP personnel. Please advise your friends, and consider supporting this worthwhile effort to honor our Shipmates. Whidbey Patrol Squadron Memorial - Veteran's Memorial Park - Oak Harbor, WA. Completion scheduled for Summer 2006. This memorial is dedicated to all United States Naval personnel who served in Navy Patrol Squadrons based at NAS Whidbey Island, to their families, and to those Whidbey P2V airmen who lost their lives in the line of duty in VP operations. For more info: http://www.patron2.com/files/wpsm.html..." Contributed by Doug Donohue nvsoar@charter.net [24DEC2004]

Note NOTICE: "...I am looking for information on AXC William (Bill) Blair. He was killed in the Philippines July 4, 1987. I found out in 1993 when his aging mother told me. I have been searching every database I can to find out what happen to Bill. Bill and I served and lived together in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 79-82'. He was in VP-6 78-81' and made CPO in 81'at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and went to NAS Moffett Field, California soon after. I have some info to say that he was in VP-47 maybe during the 1985 on deployment? Anyway, his family is all gone and I would like to know the details of how he was killed in PI. I spent one deployment in PI with the White Lightnings VP-17 as AX3 and was always working at AIMD when deployed or on detactments. I worked in NAS Agana, Guam AIMD 80' and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines AIMD 81'. Bill was very close to me and my wife in Hawaii (Ewa Beach) and we miss him dearly. Looking forward to e-mails from Shipmates that knew me and Bill Blair. I know you CPO's out there are very tight and several of you knew of Bill Blair. Please our family wants closure because his family is gone and his Navy Family lives on. Thanks and Turn-2 you VP's out there!...ADDIS, Craig A. craig.a.addis@saic.com..." [Updated 29JUL2005 | 20JUL2005]

UPDATE "...Recently I found out how he passed! My request of information on him was answered by several Shipmates, including his CO. Thanks again, Pete and Chuck. ;-). ADDIS, Craig A. craig.a.addis@saic.com..." [25APR2006]

Note NOTICE: "...Would appreciate contact info on former VP-6 CO Leon Tempel whom he enjoyed serving with at ASWOC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal in the late 70's. Thanks! DiMARCHI, CDR John P. Retired john@dimarchi.com..." [31OCT2005]

Note NOTICE: "...I am a collector and former VP-1 sailor. I would like to have a cruise book from VP-50 for the over seas (NS Sangley Point, Philippines) cruise of 30 Sep 1970 to 31 Mar 1971. And, VP-6 (Philippines) 14 Jul 1970 to 15 Jan 1971. Would like to purchase the books. Thanks in advance!...BUEHRLE, Gregory C. gcbuehrle@gimail.af.mil..." [29JUN2005]

Note NOTICE: "...I'm looking for information on P2V aircraft that were assigned to VQ-1 in the late 50s. One old timer told me he thought the planes may have come from VP-6. Front end flight crews may have come with the airplanes. They were used for Cold War electronic recconnaisance and flew from Shemya, Alaska. It's thought they may have been P2V-6 aircraft. One of the aircraft was heavily damaged when a hangar door came down during a storm in Shemya. Any help would be appreciated!...Allan "Putt" Prevette, Secretary, VQ Association pierreputt@earthlink.net..." [09FEB2005]

Note NOTICE: "...I've searching for many years, to where I can contact VP-6 and thank God I did. My husband was an aircrew from VP-6 since 1980 to 1985 his name AT2 Steven G. Shawaluk. My only request to my make husband proud of me is to get his back his wings and a cruisebook from NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. It would be a wonderfull Christmas gift for him. Thank you very much...Mrs. Shawaluk jhshawaluk@comcast.net..." [08DEC2004]

Note NOTICE: "...Navy Establishing Augment Units For All FRS's Including VP-30..." Contributed by LCDR Robert J. Cable cablerj@vp30.navy.mil [03DEC2003]

VP-30 SAU The Navy is scheduling the establishment of a Squadron Augment Unit (SAU) attached to VP-30 for 1 October, 2004. Final numbers have yet to be released, but the SAU is likely to total near 150 personnel composed of Officer and Enlisted instructors and maintenance personnel. The SAU has begun recruiting the advance party of 20 maintainers in the AD, AE, AT, AM, and AME rates. If you are interested in serving as a Selected Reservist in VP-30 SAU, have P-3 NEC's and P-3 experience within the last 6 years, and are within drilling distance of NAS Jacksonville, Florida, please call Naval Reserve Recruiting Area SE at 904-542-3320 ext 490 or the SAU OIC at 904-542-0990.

AD - Aviation Machinist's Mate    AE - Aviation Electrician's Mate    AT - Aviation Electronics Technician    AM - Aviation Structural Mechanic

Note NOTICE: "...I am trying to find someone who served with VP-6 in 1969. I have cancer and am trying to prove I was in Vietnam but so far I have lost contact with everyone. If you can help me please contact me...CRAWFORD, PN2 Billy G. BRCrawford@WhitneyTX.net..." [13DEC2002]

Note NOTICE: "...Frank Lueder luederf001@hawaii.rr.com putting together a VP-6 Master Roster. Any one that is interested please send; Your name (and Spouse), address, years in VP-6 ( from-to ), e-mail address, and phone number..." Contributed by Roy Baird roybaird1@earthlink.net [06MAY2002]

Note NOTICE: "...Searching for a Papa-3 crew that flew a night market time mission in RVN in 1971 involving a flight of two OV-10's (VAL_4) Black Ponies. If you have info or can give me a stear, please respond. Thanks Ken (former VS and VAL-4)...KEN WILLIAMS KENWILL777@AOL.COM..." [Updated E-Mail 08APR99 | 07APR99]

Note NOTICE: "...Searching for info on my missing father Arthur Ernest Rayner. He served with VP-6 and VP-49 and he was stationed at the NAS Bermuda in 1954. He was 26 yrs old in 1954, race:- Black and married my mother Cora Burgess in November 1954 here in Bermuda...Arthur Raynor araynor@ibl.bm..." [23JAN2002]

UPDATE "...Have finally located my long lost father Arthur Ernest Rayner. He passed away in 1990 in Baltimore Maryland. Special thanks to the many ex-navy members who offered advice and support during my 10 year search...Arthur Raynor araynor@ibl.bm..." [13JUL2003]

Note NOTICE: "...I was a supervisor at the NAS Cubi Point, Philippines Post Office. I would like to get in touch with Dorothy Pannion who served with VP-6 or another VP squadron. Pannion I am in need of your assistance with a situation that involved you and one of my co-workers...BATTISTE, PC1 David M. BATTISTEDMAEA@WEBTV.NET..." [06SEP2002]

Note NOTICE: "...Frank Lueder luederf001@hawaii.rr.com putting together a VP-6 Master Roster. Any one that is interested please send; Your name (and Spouse), address, years in VP-6 ( from-to ), e-mail address, and phone number..." Contributed by Roy Baird roybaird1@earthlink.net [06MAY2002]

Note NOTICE: "...Trying to locate and Shipmates. AMC William Sherwood Walker. VP-6 Crew 5 1954-1958 Last known address was Marysville, WA. Thanks...Jack Krostag jkrostag@bloomer.net..." [06JAN2002]

Note NOTICE: "...Anyone from VP-6 that served during the Korean "Police Action?"...Gary V. Bowers punkin@web-ster.com..." [14NOV2001]

Note NOTICE: "...I am looking for AW2 Jon Pagh who served in VP-6 between 1987 - 1989 0r 90. I have recently lost contact with him (past 5 years)...Brian Watters posjeep@yahoo.com..." [24JAN2001]

Note NOTICE: "...I am looking to connect with Harold E. Willis. Served in VP-6 during the period from October 1958 - September 1961. This man the "best man" at my marriage in February of 1961. Anyone knowing his whereabouts or history, please drop me a note...Walter M. Nowosad w13n7starview@gmail.com..." [03MAY99]

Note NOTICE: "...I would like to hear from someone who flew with ADJ1 Bud Mixon in VP-5 or VP-6, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, 1962-63. My dad was real proud of his duties as a flight engineer, and I remember being taken aboard the old VP Neptune as a child. If possible, I would like to receive an old memento of the squadron, such as a patch or hat. Hope to hear from someone!...David Mixon mixond@hq.5sigcmd.army.mil..." [08DEC98]

Note NOTICE: "...I am trying to locate an E. M. O'brien who was a LTjg in VP-6 stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1957. He was a Materials Officer and was originally from Kansas. I am trying to find a contact address (e-mail or postal) for Mr. O'brien at the request of my father, James H. (Harry) Hicks, who was also stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1957. If you have any information about Mr. O'brien's whereabouts, I would appreciate it if you could send it to me. Although I found this web site looking for a specific person, I am sure my father would be very happy to hear from anyone who might have known him. He doesn't have e-mail, but I will pass along any messages I receive to him. Thanks in advance for any assistance I receive in my search. I apologize if I have used any naval terms incorrectly. No disrespect is intended...Kirk A. Hicks khicks@ibm.net..." [27NOV98]

UPDATE "...I just got a response from Mr. O'Brien for whom I was searching. His message, in part, said "...just found vp navy on internet and saw you were looking for me...". Thank you!! Kirk A. Hicks khicks@ibm.net..." [01JAN98]

Note NOTICE: "...My father, Sterry Mahaffey, flew in P-2V-2 Neptunes from 1946 to 1949. Hew flew in Alaska and Hawaii. I think his squadron was "VP-6", but I am not sure. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who may have flown with my father, or who has an old photo to share. It would mean a lot to him and myself. Thanks!...S. D. Mahaffey, Jr.otetz@aol.com" [02JAN98]

Note NOTICE: "...Sir, I am looking for people who would have served with my father, AO1 Leroy Poplin. He was killed 05 April 1968, while flying a patrol mission approx. 200 miles east of Okinawa. I believe he flew with Patrol Squadron SIX, and his home base was NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I know there were 2 to 3 survivors from the accident (the Navy states in all documentation I can find, that the P3 collided with the water, but could never determine why.) I never got to know my father, as I was a little more than 2 years old when he was killed (I am now 31 years old). I do not have much information on how to track down the survivors, or anyone one who would have served with my father. I would greatly appreciate any help you can provide me. Sincerely, rpoplin001@roadrunner.com Randy Poplin 6493 Maplewood Drive, Suite #102 Mayfield Heights, Ohio 44124 (216) 646-1639..."

UPDATE 15NOV97-Randy located a very good friend of his father (a retired Master Chief) who served with his Dad until the day his father was lost. They plan on meeting soon...Randy has received several messages about his Dad (Ralph Deyo Rotor-Head@msn.com, Doug Russell drussell@pacbell.net, Peter Lindberg plindberg@surfnetusa.com, Art Cole ArthurC110@aol.com, Mike Henley mhenley@tminet.com, Joanna Clark mary.elizabeth@aegis.com and one of the survivor's)...Thanks!

Note NOTICE: "...I am looking for men who may have served with my father in VP-6, FAW-2 or VX-1 from 1958-1966. My dad was James Edward Harrod. He was called "Pappy" by some of the guys because he was older than they. He joined VP-6 in August 1958 and then transferred to Fleet Air Wing-2(FAW-2) in 1961. In 1964 he was again transferred to VX-1 in Key West Fl. Anyone who may have known him please contact me. I am particularly interested in hearing about his time in 1962 during Operation Dominic I on Johnston and Chrtistmas Islands. I can be contacted at Ccbbecky@aol.com or by snail mail at Becky Harrod Stringer, 10114-7 Arrowhead Dr., Jax, FL 32257. Any help you can be in helping to locate men who served with my dad would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Becky.."

UPDATE 31MAR98-I had a response from someone who knew my dad...I am always glad to hear from one's who are still with us....Becky Harrod Stringer Ccbbecky@aol.com...Thanks! [00XXX96]

Note NOTICE: "...Ralph Wiggert, Vladivostok area...I am looking for information on a Navy crew member of a P2V Neptune partol bomber shot down near Vladivostock Russia in 1952. while on a patrol mission. The person was a member of Navy Partol Squadron 6 (VP 6), stationed in Japan. His name is Ralph Wiggert, and was Navy Reserve, called back for the Korean War. I do not know if he was listed as KIA or MIA since. We never found any wreckage of the aircraft nor was there any acknowledgement by North Korea or Russia of this incident. Thanks...Dick Myers HLMYERS@AOL.COM..."

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