Capling, Elwyn Rex, Col

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 1115E, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1952 - 1968

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Detroit, Michigan
Last Address
Korat RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Sep 19, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
US Air Force Academy Cemetery - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
43W 033

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 Unit Assignments
562nd Flying Training Squadron  - Gators23rd Tactical Fighter Wing469th Tactical Fighter Squadron388th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1967-1968, 1115E, 562nd Flying Training Squadron - Gators
  1967-1968, 1115E, 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing
  1968-1968, 1115E, 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1968-1968, 1115E, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1967-1968, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, Canada and made Detroit his home town in the US. He attended Michigan State University and the University of New Mexico; but years and major(s) are not known.
He was the pilot of an F-105F aircraft on a mission to North Vietnam Sep 19, 1968. His aircraft was
shot down over Quang Binh Province. Others in his flight observed his successful ejection and
landing on the ground. He reported via radio that his leg was broken and he needed help. Because of
the numerous enemy troops in the area, rescue attempts were impossible.
His whereabouts and situation were and remain unknown between that time and when his remains were repatriated by the Vietnamese in 1977. He was promoted to colonel while on MIA status.


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