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Col Harold E. Fischer, Jr

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Col Harold E. Fischer, Jr

  • Birth 8 May 1925 Kossuth County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 30 Apr 2009 Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 36939534

Korean War Fighter Ace. A farm boy from Iowa, he initially enlisted in the US Army and then transferred to the Air Force in 1950. His notable combat record included 105 air combat missions during the Korean War. He was credited with shooting down 10 Soviet-made MiG-15 fighters, qualifying him as a double ace. During his final mission over Korea, although his F-86 Sabrejet was severely damaged by a Chinese fighter pilot, he downed his 11th MiG and then parachuted into Chinese territory just north of the Yalu River on April 7, 1953. Taken prisoner in Manchuria, he joined three other American pilots in a Chinese prison camp where they remained until their release on May 31, 1955, almost two years after the armistice and ceasefire of July 27, 1953. He went on to fly 200 missions (mostly helicopters) during the Vietnam War. His decorations included the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Later, Fisher learned that Chinese ace Han Decai was credited with shooting him down in 1953 and eventually the two of them met in China where he presented (then) General Han with an F-86 model. Cause of death was complications from surgery.

Bio by: Fred Beisser


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  • Originally Created by: Fred Beisser
  • Added: 10 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 36939534
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Harold E. Fischer, Jr (8 May 1925–30 Apr 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36939534, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .