Killed in 1958 when an unarmed Air Force C-130, which was on a world-wide project to study radio waves, was shot down by Soviet aircraft near Kars in Soviet Armenia. Seventeen men were on board and the Soviets claimed that the C-130 was on a spy flight. Six bodies were returned to the United States US but the State Department was never able to determine what happened to the remaining eleven. He was a flier in both WWII and Korea.
NOTE: On 2 September 1998 the remaining airmen from this flight were buried in Section 34 of Arlington National Cemetery.
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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