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Cold War Missing In Action Aviator Identified

An interesting press release (especially if you are a Cold War historical buff like myself) has been released from the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office.

A snippet:

He is Robert C. Snoddy of Roseburg, Ore.

Snoddy and his pilot, Norman A. Schwartz, took off from an airfield near Seoul, South Korea, on Nov. 29, 1952, with two other crewmembers to extract a CIA operative from China.  The mission in the Jilin province of northeast China was planned to pick up the agent on the ground with an airborne extraction system.

Unfortunately, the Chinese had compromised the agent on the ground, and when the C-47 aircraft flew over the pickup point it was shot down by hostile ground fire. Snoddy and Schwartz were reportedly killed, and two other crewmembers, Richard G. Fecteau and John T. Downey, were captured by the Chinese and held until 1971 and 1973, respectively.

For years the U.S. government asked the Chinese for information related to the fates of Snoddy and Schwartz.  The Chinese had in 1972 acknowledged to President Ford that the two had died in the crash and were buried near the site but that it was impossible to locate their remains.


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