On this annual remembrance, we note that there are still six Redhawks of the 123rd Observation Squadron and the 35th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron missing from the Second World War:

From the 123rd Observation Squadron

Master Sgt. Bruce C. Green, Staff Sgt. Leonard W. Mayer and Tech. Sgt. Albert R. Miller were all original members of the 123rd Observation Squadron, Oregon’s first aviation unit. All three were lost at sea on Apr. 20th, 1944 aboard SS Paul Hamilton when assigned to 32d Photo Reconnaissance Squadron and went missing when that ship was attacked and sunk by German aircraft in the Mediterranean Sea. They are remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia. All were awarded the Purple Heart.
From the 35th Photo Recon Squadron

1st Lt. Merroll J. “Jack” Berringer, 35th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, went MIA on Nov. 21st, 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 Aug. 31st, 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 Nov. 5th, 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.

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