Lynn, Robert Ray, Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1575Z-Electronic Warfare Officer
Last AFSC Group
Electronic Warfare
Primary Unit
1972-1972, 325th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1963 - 1972

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Jacksonville, Illinois
Last Address
Andersen AFB, Guam

Casualty Date
Dec 21, 1972
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Camp Butler National Cemetery - Springfield, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 101

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
American Battle Monuments CommissionVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1988, American Battle Monuments Commission
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
43rd Strategic Wing325th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1972-1972, 43rd Strategic Wing
  1972-1972, 325th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)/Operation Linebacker II1
 Colleges Attended 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  1958-1961, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign1
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  
  1972-1972, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"(Extracted MIA report from P.O.W. Network) Edward Harvey Johnson was born 27 Apr 1932. The Christmas pinpoint bombing of North Vietnam was very successful. Planes were called in. On 21 Dec 1972 a B52G normally stationed on Guam participated in a bombing run. Edward Johnson was a crewmember. The aircraft had successfully completed its mission and was returning towards Thailand when it was hit in the tailsection by a SAM (surface to air missile). The Pilot Lt. Col. Nagahiro ordered the crew to eject. Nagahiro's capture was not reported to the US authorities. 2 others of the 7 men crew were captured. One died in prison. The two POW's were released in 1973; the remains of the third POW were returned in 1974; and in Oct 1988 the remains of the other 4 including Edward Johnson were discovered and returned to the US." Source:

"On December 21, 1972, a B52G bomber stationed on Guam was ordered to take part in the Christmas bombings. The crew of this B52 consisted of James Y. Nagahiro, pilot; Donovan K. Walters, co-pilot; Robert R. Lynn, electronic warfare officer; Charles J. Bebus, gunner; and crewmembers Lynn R. Beens; Keith R. Heggen and Edward H. Johnson.

Lt Col. Nagahiro's aircraft successfully completed its mission, but was hit by a surface to air missile (SAM) in the tail section shortly after turning toward the safety of Thailand. Nagahiro gave the order for the crew to eject.

Nagahiro relates that he saw Donovan Walters eject from the plane and heard four others, Lynn, Bebus, Heggen and Beens, go out from behind him. Beens states that he saw Water's identification card in a stack of cards on a desk at Hoa Lo (Hanoi Hilton) prison in Hanoi. Nagahiro saw Johnson's name written on a pad at the prison. Heggen was captured alive, but died in captivity.

Although the Vietnamese returned the remains of Keith Haggen in March 1974, they have consistently denied knowledge of any of the rest of the crew.

In October 1988, the Vietnamese 'discovered' the remains of Bebus, Johnson, Lynn and Walters and returned them to U.S. control.." Source:

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