Date and Place of Birth: November 9, 1917 Talahina, Oklahoma
Died: August 8, 1952 North Korea
Military Unit: 22nd Air Transport Training Detachment USAAF
Area Served: United States
O “Bob” Neighbors was born on November 9, 1917 in
Neighbors produced similar numbers with the
Travelers in 1937, and joined
Neighbors played for the Toledo Mudhens of the
American Association in 1940 and was with
Neighbors entered military service with the
Army Air Force at
Neighbors later served at Maxwell Air Base in
Bob Neighbors didn’t return to professional baseball after the war. He chose, instead, to remain in military service although he did manage and play for the Maxwell Air Base team.
|Douglas B-26B Invader "The 7th Chadwick" which Bob Neighbors flew in North Korea|
Major Neighbors saw combat duty during the
Korean War as a Douglas B-26B Invader pilot with the 13th
Bomb Squadron of the 3rd Bomb Group. On August 8, 1952,
during a night mission, Neighbors and his crew – First-Lieutenant
William Holcom and Staff-Sergeant Grady Weeks – reported they had
been hit and were bailing out. There was no further contact and the
crew was reported missing in action after failing to return. All
hope for Neighbors, Holcom and Weeks was lost after the fighting in
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