The following information pertains to a serviceman who remains classified as Missing In Action.
Harry R. Painter
Rank: First Lieutenant
Service Number: AO-2223465
Date Missing: 12/09/1952
Unit: 35th Fighter Bombardment Squadron 8th Fighter Bombardment Group
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force
Listed On Wall/Tablet: Honolulu Memorial
Rosette In Place:
Next Steps: First Lieutenant Painter was the pilot of a F-80C Shooting Star fighter interceptor with the 35th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 8th Fighter Bomber Group. On December 9, 1952, while on a combat mission, his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire, crashed into the Han River. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 10, 1953. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. ** First Lieutenant Painter 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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