White, James Blair, Maj Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115E-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Last Unit
1969-1969, 1115E, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1964 - 1969
Major

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Home State
Florida
Florida
Year of Birth
1942
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
St Petersburg
Last Address
St Petersburg

Casualty Date
Nov 24, 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
16W 119

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 Unit Assignments
Air Force Training Wings/3560th Pilot Training Wing3526th Pilot Training Squadron23rd Tactical Fighter Squadron357th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Dragons
355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1965-1966, 0006, Air Force Training Wings/3560th Pilot Training Wing
  1966-1968, 1355C, 3526th Pilot Training Squadron
  1967-1967, 1115E, 23rd Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1969-1969, 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Dragons
  1969-1969, 1115E, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
 Colleges Attended 
United States Air Force AcademyGeorgetown University
  1960-1964, United States Air Force Academy
  1964-1965, Georgetown University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
T-38 Talon  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1964-1965, T-38 Talon
  1969-1969, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
 Combat and Operations History
  1969-1969 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Major White was the son of USAF Major General Edward H. White.

After graduating from the USAFA, Major White attended Georgetown University. He received his initial pilot training at Williams AFB. From 1966-1968, he was an instructor pilot at Webb AFB. In 1968, he was assigned to Takhli RTAFB, Thailand.

On 24 November 1969, then Captain James B. White was the pilot of an F105D, call sign "Shark 02," that departed Takhli Airbase at 1501 hours as the #2 aircraft in a flight of two. Their mission identifier was "Barrel Roll." Weather conditions consisted of a thin overcast of clouds with the cloud base at 6,500 feet and visibility of 5 to 6 miles. The target was known enemy positions in rugged, jungle covered mountains approximately 10 kilometers south of Ban Ban, Xiangkhouang Province, Laos.

Once they arrived in the target area, Shark flight made contact with the on-site Forward Air Controller (FAC) who cleared them in to attack the communist positions. Shark Lead pulled off target on his first pass and stayed below the clouds while Captain White made his run over the target and released his ordnance, then pulled off target normally.

After conferring with the FAC, Shark Lead instructed his wingman to make a second pass. James White replied that he was on top of the clouds and for Lead to watch out for him as he descended through them for his next pass. This was the last contact anyone had with Captain White. When Lead could not establish communication with Shark 02 on any radio frequency, including Guard channel, an electronic search was immediately initiated. No emergency beeper was heard and no parachute was sighted during the aerial search.

Over the next three weeks continuous search and rescue (SAR) efforts located the possible crash site of Shark 02 approximately 20 kilometers west-northwest of Ban Ban, 11 kilometers north of Nong Pet and 3 kilometers north of Ban Xaophay. A ground search team was inserted into the rugged mountain site where they found only very small pieces of aircraft wreckage that could not be positively identified as belonging to the missing Thunderchief. Further, there was no sign of Captain White in or around the wreckage. The organized search was suspended on 18 December 1969 due to the critical tactical situation in the area. At that time, James White was formally listed Missing in Action.

He left a wife and daughter at his death.
   
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