Getchell, Paul Everett, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1525Z-Navigator-Bombardier
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 8th Tactical Bomb Squadron
Service Years
1961 - 1969
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
Maine
Maine
Year of Birth
1936
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Capt David Fortman to remember Getchell, Paul Everett (Yellowbird 52), Lt Col.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Portland, Maine
Last Address
Phan Rang AB, RVN

Casualty Date
Jan 13, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Laos
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
35W 082

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
551st Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing960th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron35th Tactical Fighter Wing8th Tactical Bomb Squadron
  1964-1966, 551st Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing
  1964-1966, 960th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron
  1968-1969, 35th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1968-1969, 8th Tactical Bomb Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1961 Cold War Incident - Standoff at Checkpoint Charlie (East Germany)
  1968-1969 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
 My Aircraft/Missiles
EC-121 Warning Star  B-57 Canberra  
  1964-1966, EC-121 Warning Star
  1968-1969, B-57 Canberra8
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Comments/Citation
From: Fortman, David, Cpt 1 Nov 09 Lt Col Paul Getchell "I flew with Paul from Sept 1964 until his departure from Otis AFB, MA for Vietnam. We were Navigators, both Captains, in the 960th AEW&C Squadron of the 551st AEW&C Wing. I had just been reassigned from Vietnam (see my site on this WEB) to Navigate the EC-121's with Paul. He was my Wing "check ride" instructor and fascinated by my experiences in 'Nam. Because of my SAC and 'Nam experience the Squadron Commander appointed me Squadron Training Officer and consequently I worked very closely with Paul on meeting the unit Navigator training requirements. We spent many wonderful hours together both on the ground and in the air. We both observed the lights going off in New York City in about 1966 from an electrical grid failure. The sky to the west of our reconnaissance area went dark about 6PM that night. Very startling to see the glow of New York disappear on the horizon. We both were also involved in the search and rescue missions generated by the loss of 3 121's (and 38 guys) in the North Atlantic. One off Boston, no survivors, abt 15 lost, abt 1966, one off Long Island, abt 1967 several survivors, and one lost off Nantucket, Base Commander lost on this one. I knew Theresa Getchell from various Officer Club events and dinners. Paul's loss was known by the base but only today did I find your detail. I am new to the site thanks to a Master Sergeant I recently met when buying a car at a Ford dealer in Orlando. Paul Getchell was a truly fine gentleman and officer. He is a man I shall never forget and is in my prayers to this day. I still live in a home on Cape Cod, a short drive from Otis. If you wish, convey my continued sympathy to Theresa." David A. Fortman -------
   
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