Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Informal portrait of Lt Thomas Clay (Pop) Hanson with a Korean boy a wearing US Army uniform. Hanson was a member of Ward Hitt's squadron, the 336th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron. Hanson was killed when his F-86A crashed after takeoff on June 5, 1951. Taken during Hitt's detached duty as a Forward Aircraft Controller with the 5th Republic of Korea (ROK) Corps, Feb. 3-26, 1951. Written on album page - "'Pop' Hanson". Album page 19.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Korean War, 1950-1953
  • Children
  • Aeronautics
  • Air pilots

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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Ward Hitt, Jr


Hanson, Thomas Clay


February 1951



Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560



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