Arthur Heise

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Family Info: Parents: Ferdinand and Ida; Wife: Jeanette; Sons: Richard, Robert
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Date Entered Service: February 25, 1941
Service Number: O-750985
Bomb Group: 444th
Location of Unit: Great Bend, KS
Missions Flown: 28, flying both B-24s (C-109s) and B-29s; Capt. Heise flew 16 combat missions and had 110 combat hours in B-29's
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Awards: WWII: Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals; Korea: Air Medal, Silver Star, Purple Heart
Service Schools: Airplane mechanic - Chanute Field, IL (February 1941); four engine pilot school - Roswell, NM (July 28th 1943)
MOS: Pilot
Rank Upon Discharge: 1st Lieutenant (WWII)
Crew Type: Flight crew
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Date Transferred from the 58th: July 24, 1945
Date Discharged: January 6, 1946
Post WWII Service: USAF Reserves - promoted to Captain February 13, 1950; recalled to active duty February 26th 1951 - 372nd Bomb Squadron; 307th Bomb Wing; assigned to Okinawa October 1st 1952
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Comments: Capt. Arthur Heise was the Aircraft Commander of a B-29 Bomber flying out of Kadina AFB in Okinawa during the Korean War. On 10 January 1953, he was on a bombing mission over the Anju Marshaling Yard, as part of “Stardust” flight--Art's plane was Stardust 39--when his B-29 (Aircraft Number 44-61802) was hit by enemy fire from MIGs immediately prior to bombs away (2038 hours). Immediately following bombs away and while still under attack the aircraft started losing altitude. A “Mayday” call was received from the aircraft at 2048 hours. At 2053 hours the aircraft commander reported “Hit Bad, have wounded men, will try to get to K-13.” After crossing the river Chinnampo, at 2106 hours the aircraft commander reported “We are bailing out, number-three engine on fire.” Twelve of thirteen members of the crew bailed out--and reported that they never saw Capt. Heise' parachute. Capt. Heise flew the burning B-29 toward friendly lines while USAF Fighter Jets followed him, however, the B-29 continued to descend until it hit the side of a mountain and exploded. It is believed that Capt. Heise was trying to get as close to friendly lines as possible before deciding to bail out, and possibly thought that he could make it over the ridge of the mountain that he finally crashed into. When friendly forces got to the wreckage, there was no trace of Capt. Heise. All twelve crew members were repatriated under “Operation Big Switch,” and another POW (a Major David F. MacGhee) reported that a Chinese interrogator informed him that the North Koreans had found Capt. Heise' remains in the wreckage. Capt. Heise was declared dead 12 January 1954 and a M.I.A. marker was placed in Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Section H-391.

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