Austin, Charles David, Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115R-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 7th Air Force
Service Years
1965 - 1967
Major

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Home State
Connecticut
Connecticut
Year of Birth
1942
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
New Canaan
Last Address
Ubon RTAFB

Casualty Date
Apr 26, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, North
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Hickok Cemetery - Fairfield County, Connecticut
Wall/Plot Coordinates
18E 089

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 Unit Assignments
433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron - Satan's Angels8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack7th Air Force
  1967-1967, 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron - Satan's Angels
  1967-1967, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
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F-4G Wild Weasel  
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Last Known Activity
Major Charles David Austin served with the 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter WIng out of Ubon RTAFB,  Thailand.

On 24 April 1967, Lt. Austin was serving as bombardier/navigator onboard Major Herman L. Knapp's F-4C Phantom fighter/bomber. The aircraft was the lead in a flight of four dispatched from Ubon Airfield, Thailand on a strike mission over Vietnam. The strike was on a five-span bridge four miles north of the center of Hanoi. The raid's purpose was to sever North Vietnam's rail links with Communist China. An electrical transformer station seven miles north of Hanoi was also attacked.

During the strike, Knapp and Austin's aircraft was struck by a flak burst, disintegrated, and two large pieces of flaming wreckage were seen to strike the gound in a fireball. No parachutes were seen and no beepers were heard.
   
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