Anderson, Robert Dale, Col

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Primary Unit
1972-1972, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
Service Years
1953 - 1972
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Battle Creek, MI
Last Address
Ubon RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Oct 06, 1972
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 080

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
4th Tactical Fighter Wing334th Tactical Fighter Squadron25th Tactical Fighter Squadron8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
  1970-1972, 4th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1971-1972, 334th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1972-1972, 25th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1972-1972, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1972-1972 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)/Operation Linebacker I
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1970-1972, F-4 Phantom
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

LtCol. Robert D. Anderson, pilot and 1lt. George F. Latella, weapons systems officer comprised an F4E Phantom fighter jet of the 25th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Ubon AB, Thailand. Lt Col. Anderson had arrived at Udorn on 29 July 1972 from the 334th TFS at Seymor-Johnson AFB in North Carolina.
On the morning of October 6, 1972 Anderson and Latella were dispatched in an F-4E tail number 69-7548 on a mission northwest of Hanaoi near the city of Son Tay. This region had been heavily attacked by US aircraft during operation "Rolling Thunder", concentration on enemy supply lines to Hanoi. The city of Son Tay had been the sight of a late Noverber 1970 rescue attempt of American POW's. The mission, while successful, had not freed any POW's.
Anderson's F-4 was hit by hostile fire and he and Latella ejected  from the crippled aircraft, about 73 KM NE of Hanoi A good parachute was observed and voice contact was established on the ground. Anderson and Latella had both landed safely , although separated by several hundred yards.
LtCol. Anderson radioed, "I have a good parachute, am in good shape and can see no enemy force on the ground." Latella was immediately taken captive. Radio Hanoi reported tehy had a number of downed pilots captured that day, yet Anderson and Latells was the only one lost that day.Latella was released with 590 POWs in 1973, Col. Anderson was not among them. The North Vietnamese Government denies any knowledge of Robert D. Anderson. Robert D. Anderson was promoted to Colonel while listed as MIA. When the POW's were released during Operation Homecomming in 1973 and the Col. was not among them his status was changed to Missing, presumed dead, Body not Recovered.

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