The following information pertains to a serviceman who remains classified as Missing In Action.
Thomas C. Lafferty
Rank: First Lieutenant
Service Number: AO-1910118
Date Missing: 01/31/1952
Unit: 39th Fighter Interceptor Squadron 35th Fighter Bombardment Group
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force
Listed On Wall/Tablet: Honolulu Memorial
Rosette In Place: No
Recoverability Status: Remains Recovered
Next Steps: First Lieutenant Lafferty was a pilot of a F-51D Mustang night fighter with the 39th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 35th Fighter-Interceptor Group. On January 31, 1952, while making a strafing run on enemy positions, his aircraft was shot down by ground fire. He dove into his target. His name appeared on list entitled "The Transfer of U.S. Korean War POW's to the Soviet Union" in September 1993. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. ** First Lieutenant Lafferty was awarded the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Date Recovered: 12/1/1993
Date Identified: 9/10/2008
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