The following information pertains to a serviceman who remains classified as Missing In Action.
John A. Wands
Rank: First Lieutenant
Service Number: AO-2068146
Date Missing: 02/12/1951
Unit: 731st Bombardment Squadron 3rd Bombardment Group
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force
Listed On Wall/Tablet: Honolulu Memorial
Rosette In Place:
Next Steps: First Lieutenant Wands was a veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was the co-pilot of a B-26C Invader bomber with the 731th Bomber Squadron, attached to the 3rd Bomber Group based at Kunsan Air Force Base (K-8), Korea. On February 12, 1951, while on a night intruder mission, the last contact received from the aircraft was as it was entering the target area. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. ** For his leadership and valor, First Lieutenant Wands was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Republic of Korea War Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
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