In the China-Burma-India (CBI)-theatre of military operations, the 35th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (before the war designated as the 123d Observation Squadron and after the war as the 123d Fighter Squadron), flew the Lockheed F-5E Photo Lightning in combat.

The China-based 35th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron (nee 123d Observation Squadron) had four MIAs at the end of World War II, according to the squadron’s official history from September, 1945. One has since been found and returned stateside; three are still missing and listed as such in the American Battle Monuments Commission database.

First Lieutenant (1st Lt.) Merroll J. “Jack” Berringer, 35th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, went MIA on November 21, 1944; he was on a photo mission from Flight “H” at Suichuan, China. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

1st Lt. Phillip L. French, 35th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, went missing on August 31, 1945; reported missing on an administrative flight from Chanyi to Chihkiang, China. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.

1st Lt. Franklin H. McKinney, 35th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, went MIA November 5, 1944, on a photo mission from Flight “G” at Yunnanyi, China. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines – there is a report from 2012 that McKinney’s remains may have been found at an aircraft crash site near Chiang Mai, Thailand; we are still trying to confirm this report, although his status has not changed in official US channels as of this writing. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

 

Source:

http://www.142fw.ang.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123364009

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