Korean War Maps
Major Remains Concentrations in North Korea
A few men died in relative isolation, along trails and in individual aircraft crashes. But most did not. The best way to search for all of those still unaccounted for is to go to local centers of mass, where men died, whether on battlefields, at POW camps, or near organized burials. Then we hope to work outward to look for those lost along the way.
POW Camps in North Korea
Over 2,000 men died, and are still unrecovered, as prisoners of war. Some deaths occurred at holding points and others in the permanent camps operated by Chinese forces on the south bank of the Yalu River. Some U.S. POWs spent time across the river in Manchuria, but to the best of our knowledge, all have returned.
POW March Routes and United Nations Cemeteries
The search for remains, whether of known prisoners, battlefield deaths, or those missing in action, is usually a matter of following routes. These work northward from later battles, past organized burials and holding points, and sometimes even re-cross previous battlefields. In this sense, the whole search and recovery process is interactive, from case to case to case.
U.S. Air Force K-Sites in Korea
During the Korean War, the USAF operated from bases and airfields throughout North and South Korea. These bases and airfields were assigned "K" numbers by the Far East Air Force. This list associates the "K" numbers with their respective locations. The list is available on the K-Site Listing Page and was provided via The Air Force Historical Research Agency
Korean War Air Losses
The following maps depict potential locations of U.S. air losses during the Korean War based on DPAA analysis of available records. Due to the nature of the available information, the locations depicted on the map may represent documented crash sites, the last sighting of the aircraft before it went missing, or the last known radio/radar contact.