Claflin, Richard Ames, Maj

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Primary Unit
1967-1974, MIA Vietnam
Service Years
1963 - 1967
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kansas City, KS
Last Address
Ubon RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Jul 26, 1967
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
24E 002

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron - Satan's Angels8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf PackUS Air Force
  1967-1967, 1115F, 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron - Satan's Angels
  1967-1967, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
  1967-1974, MIA Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
  1967-1967 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1966-1967, F-4 Phantom
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 26, 2014, Other/Link(s)
  May 28, 2018, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Then 1st Lt. Richard Brazik and Capt. Richard A. Claflin, pilot, were aboard their F-4C (aircraft #64-0848), call sign "Buick 2," as the number two aircraft in a flight of two flying out of Ubon Airfield at 2100 hours to conduct a night armed reconnaissance mission along Route 15.

Over their target, they proceeded to make a rocket attack pass on the NVA truck convoy. During their second rocket firing pass, their aircraft was damaged by its own ordnance exploding directly below the aircraft. They failed to pull out of the dive and impacted the ground in a fireball on the west side of Route 15.

There is a memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, Plot: Memorial Section H as well as in Highland Park cemetery, Kansas City, KS.






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