Dotson, Jefferson Scott, Capt Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115F-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Last Unit
1968-1969, 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Service Years
1963 - 1969
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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1944
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Pound
Last Address
Pound

Casualty Date
Aug 09, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Laos
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20W 118

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 Unit Assignments
31st Tactical Fighter Wing416th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1968-1969, 31st Tactical Fighter Wing
  1968-1969, 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron
 Colleges Attended 
Virginia Military Institute
  1962-1966, Virginia Military Institute
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-100 Super Sabre  
  1968-1969, F-100 Super Sabre
 Combat and Operations History
  1965-1975 Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War
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Last Known Activity

On 9 August 1969, Capt. Laurent L. "Lee" Gourley, pilot; and then 1st Lt. Jefferson S. "Scotty" Dotson, co-pilot; comprised the crew of an F100F aircraft (tail #45-3734), call sign "Misty 31," on a single aircraft flight. 
During the flight, Capt. Gourley made regular radio transmissions. In his last message, he reported the aircraft's position as "it was passing a well known location along an infiltration route." He stated they were "progressing to another location" in accordance with pre-flight briefing. The last reported location placed Misty 31 on the south side of Route 92, a primary east/west road that was a major artery of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Route 92 ran along the southern side of a rugged jungle covered mountain range. 

At 1040 hours, Capt. Gourley and 1st Lt. Dotson were scheduled to rendezvous with an airborne tanker for refueling, but failed to do so. When no further radio contact could be established with Misty 31, another aircraft was dispatched to the area of operation. It arrived on site about an hour later and immediately began a visual and electronic search for the missing aircraft and crew, which continued until sundown. Search and rescue (SAR) efforts were initiated the next morning at first light, but again failed to find any trace of the Super Sabre or its crew. At the time the formal search effort was terminated, Lee Gourley and Jefferson Dotson were listed Missing in Action.


   
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On Sep 02, 2013, Wilkinson, Spencer, Col USAF(Ret) wrote: 
>Scott attended Virginia Military Institute from 1962 to 1966 and majored in Electrical Engineering. He was a good friend and classmate of mine. We roomed together during our Rat (freshman) year and we were both electrical engineers. He was one of 11 members of our class who died in Vietnam. > >Spence Wilkinson
   
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