Thomas C. Lafferty

Korean War
Service #AO-1910118
RankFirst Lieutenant U.S. Air Force
Date of DeathJanuary 31 1952
StatusMissing In Action
Courts of the Missing
Air Medal
Korean Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Purple Heart
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Republic of Korea War Service Medal
United Nations Service Medal
First Lieutenant Lafferty was awarded 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.
First Lieutenant Lafferty was a pilot of a F-51D Mustang night fighter with the 39th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 35th Fighter-Interceptor Group. On January 31, 1952, while making a strafing run on enemy positions, his aircraft was shot down by ground fire. He dove into his target. His name appeared on list entitled "The Transfer of U.S. Korean War POW's to the Soviet Union" in September 1993. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.