Accident Ilyushin Il-12 , Monday 27 July 1953
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Date:Monday 27 July 1953
Type:Ilyushin Il-12
Owner/operator:Soviet Navy
Fatalities:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:4 km from Mao-erh-shan -   China
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Port Artur
Destination airport:Vladivostok Airport (VVO/UHWW)
Shortly after noon on July 27, 1953, U.S. Air Force Capt. Ralph S. Parr Jr. was flying an escort mission near Chunggang-jin is his F-86F Sabre (51-12959) when he noted an unknown airplane in the vicinity. Parr reportedly made several passes by, identifying the plane as a North Korean Ilyushin Il-12. Although later that day the newly signed armistice was to bring an end to the Korean War, he decided to shoot down the plane, thereby obtaining the double-ace status. One long burst of gunfire was enough to cause the Il-12 to crash in flames. The Ilyushin later turned out to be a Soviet airliner traveling through North Korean airspace to Vladivostok. The Ilyushin crashed on Chinese soil.


Air Force Magazine, July 2003, Vol. 86, No. 7


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