Bowles, Ralph David, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1551A-Weapon Systems Officer
Last AFSC Group
Weapons and Munitions
Primary Unit
1972-1975, 474th Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1968 - 1975
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Contact Info
Home Town
Winder, Georgia
Last Address
Nellis AFB, Nevada

Date of Passing
Oct 07, 1975
Location of Interment
US Air Force Academy Cemetery - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: 003 C 034

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In the Line of Duty
  2014, In the Line of Duty

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Date: 07-OCT-1975
General Dynamics F-111A
Owner/operator: 429th TFS, 474th TFW, USAF
Registration: 66-0058
C/n / msn: A1-76
Fatalities: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: 20 miles N of Indian Springs, Clark County, Nevada -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature: Military
Departure airport: Nellis AFB, Nevada
Destination airport:  
Crashed and destroyed October 7, 1975 on the Nellis ranges, 20 miles N of Indian Springs, Clark County, Nevada. Both crew - MAJ Merle E. Kenney (pilot) and CAPT Ralph David Bowles (WSO) - were killed.
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Captain Bowles was a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1968.


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 Unit Assignments
US Air Force Academy (Staff)Air Force Logistics Command522nd Tactical Fighter Squadron27th Tactical Fighter Wing
Department of Defense (DOD)429th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Black Falcons474th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1964-1968, US Air Force Academy (Staff)
  1968-1970, 5571, HQ Air Force Logistics Command (HQAFLC)
  1971-1972, 1555D, 522nd Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1971-1972, 27th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1972-1972, Department of the Air Force, Pentagon
  1972-1975, 1551A, 429th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Black Falcons
  1972-1975, 474th Tactical Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)/Operation Linebacker II
 Colleges Attended 
United States Air Force Academy
  1964-1968, United States Air Force Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-111 Aardvark  
  1974-1975, F-111 Aardvark
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