Accidents Resulting in Fatalities
- August 15, 1952
- September 01, 1952
- May 30, 1953
- July 2, 1953
- July 4, 1953
August 15, 1952
This accident involved an F3D-2 Douglas Skyknight fighter
(Registration Number 124623) with the Marine Night Fighter Squadron
513, Marine Air Group 33, 1st Marine Air Wing. On August 15, 1952,
while on a night combat mission over the Yellow Sea about 50 miles
west of Pyongyang, North Korea, radio and radar contact was lost.
The pilot and radar operator were listed as Missing in Action and
presumed dead in 1954.
Pilot: Col. Peter Donald Lambrecht
Peter was born December 22, 1912 in Mancelona, Michigan, a
son of John Lambrecht (1870-1939) and Nettie Mae Marsh Lambrecht
(1873-1939). His wife was Gladys McGowan Lambrecht
(1912-1971). Peter and Gladys were parents of Peter Donald
Lambrecht II, a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, and
Anne Lambrecht Hyde. Peter was the brother of Louis Abbott
Lambrecht (1901-1960), John Osgood Lambrecht (1903-1972), May
Lambrecht (died at 12 days old in 1903), Robert C. Lambrecht,
and James G. Lambrecht. Peter's brother John was a Navy
veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Peter was a
decorated World War II and Korean War veteran.
Radar Operator: 1Lt. James Montgomery Brown
James was born January 29, 1922 in New York, a son of Malcolm
H. Brown (1892-1962) and Victoria R. Vega Brown (1896-1986).
His wife was Norma P. Ford Brown (later Norma Sheridan
1923-2005). His siblings were Casemiro Arthur Brown
(1917-1985), Josephine Rita Brown Carrigan (1919-1990) and
Victoria L. Brown (1924-1990). James Montgomery Brown was
a World War II and Korean War veteran.
September 01, 1952
This accident involved an F3D-2 Douglas Skyknight fighter with the
Marine Night Fighter Squadron 513, Marine Air Group 33, 1st Marine
Air Wing. On September 1, 1952, while departing on a combat mission,
the engine malfunctioned on take-off and the plane crashed into the
water two miles from Kusan Airfield (K-8), South Korea. The pilot
Pilot: Maj. Harold John Eiland
Harold, called "Bud" by his family and friends, was born to
John Franklin Eiland (1883-1965) and Grace Margaret (Storch)
Eiland (1900-1941). He had six siblings: George, Selma Evelyn
Eiland (1927-2019), Kathleen Theresa Eiland Singleton
(1926-2015), Lillian Louise Eiland Ullrich (1927-2019) and
Robert Everett Eiland (1932-2005). Another brother died at
birth. In the 1930 US Census his family was living in Winter
Haven, Florida. In the 1935 census they were living in
Pasco County, Florida. Bud married Miss Sara Alice Sickler in
1943 in Pasco County, Florida.
May 30, 1953
This accident involved F3D-2 Douglas Skyknight fighter No. 127024
in Marine Night Fighter Squadron 513, Marine Air Group 12, 1st
Marine Air Wing. On May 30, 1953, while returning from escorting
B-29's on a night mission near the mouth of the Yalu River, North
Korea, contact with the aircraft was lost after requesting landing
instructions from Kusan Airfield (K-8). The crew was missing
in action and presumed dead on June 01, 1954.
Pilot: Capt. James
James Brown was born June 11, 1921 in Naches, Washington.
He was the husband of Dorothy Rumple Brown (died January 12,
2015), and the father of two daughters, S. Jean Brown and R. Jo
Brown. His siblings were Cleo Brown, Garland Brown, and
Ruth Brown Shelton.
Radar Operation: Sgt. James Vaughn Harrell
James "Red" Harrell was born November 09, 1931 in Louisiana,
a son of Charles Thomas Harrell Sr. (1906-1960) and Oma I. Eager
Harrell (1907-1998). His siblings were Charles Thomas
Harrell Jr. (1922-1986) and Ellene Harrell Havans. After
joining the Marine Corps he trained at Airborne Intercept
Operators School at Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry
Point, North Carolina. Originally listed as missing in action,
James' remains were discovered in a shallow grave on a small
island about ten miles off the coast of Korea in the early
2000's. His remains were identified by dog tags and his
flight jacket. After identification his remains were
buried in Arlington National Cemetery on February 01, 2002.
July 2, 1953
This accident involved F3D-2 Douglas Skyknight fighter (Serial
Number Unknown), with Detachment 44 Composite Squad 44 aboard the
carrier USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39). The F3D- was based at K-6
airfield. On July 2, 1953, while on patrol 12 miles north of
Cho-do Island, the plane encountered four enemy fighters. After
shooting down one enemy fighter the American plane was lost. It's
two-man crew was missing in action. DPAA: "On July 2, 1953, an
F3D-2 Skyknight (bureau number unknown) with a crew of two conducted
a night combat patrol mission over North Korea. During the mission,
the pilot radioed to report tail warning contacts and plinking
noises coming from the rear of the aircraft that sounded like it was
being fired upon. He took evasive action, but the aircraft was not
heard from again."
Pilot: Ltjg Robert Sterling Bick (USN)
Robert was born May 23, 1929, the son of Robert Sterling
George Michael Bick (1904-1983) and Delores Maria Dejongh Bick
(1911-1987). He enlisted in Queens, New York.
Radar Operator: ATC Linton Calton Smith Jr.
Linton was born October 7, 1924 in Texas, the son of Linton
Calton Smith Sr. (1894-1953) and Faye Randall Smith (later
Hillyer) (1899-1982). He was the father of Robert Smith
(born 1952) and Janice Smith Adams (born in 1953). His
siblings were Mrs. Charles C. (Helen Irene Smith) Pruitt
(1917-2006), Mrs. Ira O. (Sarah Ethel Smith) Holtzclaw
(1919-1995), and possibly Cecielle Smith Evans.
July 4, 1953
This accident involved F3D-2 Douglas Skyknight fighter (#124636).
DPAA: "On July 4, 1953, an F3D-2 Skyknight (bureau number 124636)
carrying two crew members took off from Pyongtaek Airbase, South
Korea, on a night mission to fly top cover for other aircraft
operating in the area or returning from missions. After its
departure, the aircraft's route was toward the North Korean
lowlands, south of Pyongyang. The crew made its last radio contact
shortly after taking off and while near the mouth of the Taedong
River, but ground control stations were unable to make any further
contact after this point. Other aircraft flying in the same area
attempted to raise the pilot on the radio but had no success. It was
estimated that the missing Skyknight's fuel would have depleted
early on July 5. When it failed to return to base, search efforts
were launched but failed to locate the missing Skyknight or its
Pilot: Capt. Lote Clegg Thistlethwaite Sr.
Lote was born November 12, 1924, a son of John Richmond
Thistlethwaite (1883-1934) and Charlotte Frere Thistlethwaite
(1894-1990). He was married to Aline M. Thistlethwaite and
they were parents of sons Lote C. Thistlethwaite Jr. (1951-2005)
and Mark Thistlethwaite. Lote Jr. and his mother Aline
were killed in a single car accident in 2005.
Radar Operator: SSgt. William Herman Westbrook
William was born November 22, 1928 in Kentucky, a son of
Ernie Herman Westbrook (1899-1962) and Mary Estelle Smith
(1903-1938). He was married to Joan Alda Ely (1933-2000).
William's siblings were Ernie Westbrook (1923-1923), Mary Ann
Westbrook (1924-1995), Dorthy Rose Westbrook (1927-2012), and
Jack or John Westbrook (1930-1991).