Belflower, James Homer, TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 553rd Reconnaissance Wing
Service Years
1954 - 1969
Technical Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Korat RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Apr 25, 1969
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Marietta National Cemetery - Marietta, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
26W 042

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554th Reconnaissance Squadron553rd Reconnaissance Wing
  1969-1969, 554th Reconnaissance Squadron
  1969-1969, 553rd Reconnaissance Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
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EC-121R Batcat  
  1969-1969, EC-121R Batcat
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 553rd Reconnaissance Wing - Fatal Personnel Injuries
                  Larry Westin - July 3, 1999
                       Rev - L - 05/27/13

During the period of time the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing existed,
I am aware of 25 fatal injuries to wing personnel.  Fatality
number one was due to a heart attack.  Second fatality occurred
due to a traffic accident.  Eighteen personnel, the entire crew,
were lost with the Batcat 21 crash on April 25, 1969.  Four
fatalities occurred with the Batcat 19 crash on Sept. 6, 1969.

First Batcat fatality was Lt. Col. John Pettersen, who died of a
heart attack on the evening of February 1, 1968.  Lt. Col.
Pettersen was the 554th Reconnaissance Squadron Operations

Second Batcat fatality was A1C Douglas Chatlos. Doug was just
leaving base to go into town, walking near the base gate to Korat
city.  On March 8, 1968 he was accidentally hit by a motorcycle
driven by a NCO (not sure of his unit) who was returning to base. 
The Security Policeman at the gate immediately called for medical
assistance, then gave medical help to Chatlos.  Chatlos died on
the scene.  This was a vehicle accident.  He was a CIM with the
554th Sq., crew 38.  My thanks to Cliff Jensen, who knew Doug,
for this information, with additional updated information from
Jim Golden, CICO for Crew 38, his reporting officer.  Updated

SSgt. Palmore was admitted to the 388th Dispensary on March 31,
1968.  When he didn't improve he was transferred to the Camp
Friendship hospital on April 7, 1968.  He continued to decline in
health, and was air evaced to Clark AB hospital, Philippine
Islands, on April 15, 1968.  While at the Clark AB hospital he
died on April 27, 1968.

The following 18 fatalities occurred with the April 25, 1969
crash of EC-121R U.S. Air Force serial number 67-21493, with the
call sign of Batcat 21.  Data following last name is the panel
(all on 26W) plus the line number on that panel of the Vietnam
Memorial where the name is inscribed.

TSgt.     James H. Belflower, 26W-42
TSgt.     Albert N. Booker, 26W-43
Major     Thomas M. Brandom Jr., 26W-43
A1C       Michael J. Cotterill, 26W-44
SSgt.     Jerald C. Davis, 26W-44
A1C       Ronald C. Deforrest, 26W-44
TSgt.     Warren C. DeLaney, 26W-44
SSgt.     Paul Faulk, 26W-45
TSgt.     Kenneth W. Fowler, 26W-48
Lt Col.   Emerson E. Heller, 26W-46
Capt.     George R. Kidd, 26W-47
Major     Paul R. Lunsford, 26W-45
1Lt.      John A. Marsh, 26W-48
LT Col.   William C. McCormick Jr., 26W-49
Sgt.      Mitchel Messing, 26W-48
SSgt.     James D. Moore, 26W-49
Sgt.      Mark M. Steeley, 26W-50
Sgt.      William D. Stepp, 26W-50



On 25 April 1969, an EC-121R (tail number 67-21493) of the 554th Recon Sqdn launched on an operational mission. The weather was poor, with thunderstorms around the field. Shortly after getting airborne the EC-121R encountered a severe wind sheer which forced the heavily-laden aircraft into the ground about 4 miles southwest of the airfield, where it exploded and burned. Although rescue crews arrived at the crash site within minutes, none of the 18 aircrewmen aboard survived the crash.


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