James Walter Lunsford
Second Lieutenant Lunsford, “JW”, was the instructor navigator of a B-26 Invader bomber with the 8th Bomber Squadron, 3rd Bomber Group stationed at Kunsan Airfield (K-8), South Korea. At 11:25 p.m. on April 6, 1954, his aircraft was returning from a reconnaissance mission and disappeared from radar. He was listed as Missing in Action while participating in aerial support over Korea. He was presumed dead on April 12, 1954, when his aircraft could not be found.
Lt. Lunsford also earned a Purple Heart, a Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and a Korean War Service Medal. He was also heavily involved in working with orphaned children during his tour in Korea.
The flight on which he was killed was to be one of the last flights before his tour ended.
-Submitted by David Liner, nephew