The following information pertains to a serviceman who remains classified as Missing In Action.
Wilbert E. Habakangas
Service Number: 16529A
Date Missing: 04/30/1951
Unit: 21st Troop Carrier Squadron 374th Troop Carrier Wing
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force
Listed On Wall/Tablet: Honolulu Memorial
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Next Steps: Captain Habakangas was a crew member of a C-47D Skytrain transport with the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron, "Kyushu Gypsies", 374th Troop Carrier Wing. On April 30, 1951, while on a leaflet dropping mission along the Seoul to Wonsan highway, contact was lost after a transmission from 50 miles South of Wonsan. He was listed as Mission in Action and was presumed dead on January 31, 1954. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. ** For his leadership and valor, Captain Habakangas was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
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