McGovern, James Bernard, Jr., Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 75th Fighter Squadron - Tiger Sharks
Service Years
1942 - 1954
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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Last Address
Haiphong, Vietnam

Casualty Date
May 06, 1954
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 8 Section M4 Column 11 Niche 6

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
23rd Fighter Group75th Fighter Squadron  - Tiger Sharks
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 23rd Fighter Group
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 75th Fighter Squadron - Tiger Sharks
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 World War II/China-India-Burma Theater/India-Burma Campaign (1942-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/China-India-Burma Theater/China Defensive Campaign (1942-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1944-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/China-India-Burma Theater/China Offensive Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-51/F-51 Mustang  C-119 Flying Boxcar  
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1953-1954, C-119 Flying Boxcar1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was credited with destroying 2 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 2 more on the ground in WWII.
He died in a plane crash when the C-119 Flying Boxcar cargo plane he was piloting was hit by ground fire while parachuting a howitzer to the besieged French garrison at Dien Bien Phu. He and his co-pilot, Wallace "Wally" Buford, were the only Americans to die in combat in the First Indochina War. The day after the crash, the garrison at Dien Bien Phu surrendered.
His remains were found in Laos in 2007 and returned to the US for burial.
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