The following information pertains to a serviceman who remains classified as Missing In Action.
Alexander B. Padilla
Service Number: AO-556092
Date Missing: 10/09/1950
Unit: 12th Fighter Bombardment Squadron 18th Fighter Bombardment Wing
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force
Listed On Wall/Tablet: Honolulu Memorial
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Next Steps: Captain Padilla was the pilot of a F-51D Mustang night fighter with the 12th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 18th Fighter Bomber Wing. On October 9, 1950, while on a combat mission, his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire near Kwangtan-ni, Korea, crashed and burst into flames. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on March 31, 1954. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. ** Captain Padilla 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.
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