|Birth: ||Apr. 1, 1923|
|Death: ||Feb. 8, 1954, North Korea|
Rolan Akin is Added to
Air Force List of
First Lieutenant Rolan M. Akin, who disappeared on a night bombing mission over North Korea more than three years ago, was officially declared dead by the air force Tuesday.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Akin, 1031 North Pottenger, Shawnee, Oklahoma, received a message in a letter from Major General John M. McCormick, director of military personnel.
"But we still think he's alive over there somewhere," his father insisted. "They don't really know any more about it than before."
General McCormick's letter reported for the first time to the Shawnee couple that a light bomber which made a forced landing in the PukCh'ong area of North Korea in September, 1951, may have been the B-29 piloted by Lieutenant Akin.
A Chinese communist captured and quizzed by U. N. forces reported one member of the bomber crew was apparently killed in the landing, another was killed by the North Korean militia, and a third was apparently taken prisoner. The Chinese, according to General McCormick, did not know the names of the three.
"Consideration of these facts compels the conclusion that no reasonable possibility exists for his continued survival," McCormick wrote. "Consequently, it has become necessary under provisions of the 'Missing Persons act' to terminate his missing status by a presumptive finding of death, the presumed date being recorded as 28 February, 1954. This is not considered to be the actual or probably date of death, but it is established in accordance with the cited law for the purpose of terminating pay and settling accounts."
L. D. Akin (1896 - 1969)
Vernie L Akin (1901 - 1957)
Robert G Akins (1919 - 1997)**
Rolan Maurice Akin (1923 - 1954)
Created by: Gerald "Jerry" Hobson
Record added: Jul 10, 2011
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