Mattis, William Carroll, Capt

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1964-1965, 405th Fighter Wing
Service Years
1944 - 1965
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Bien Hoa Air Base

Casualty Date
Mar 11, 1965
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Highland Cemetery - Iowa Park, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 095

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1965, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Senior)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
8th Bombardment Squadron34th Tactical Group405th Fighter Wing
  1964-1965, 8th Bombardment Squadron
  1964-1965, 34th Tactical Group
  1964-1965, 405th Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1965 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
University of Southern California
  1946-1950, University of Southern California
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-57 Canberra  
  1964-1965, B-57 Canberra
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Captain Mattis began his service during WWII when he enlisted as a private from Fort Macarthur, San Pedro, California.

During WWII, he served in the AAF, completing the 12 week aircraft mechanic course at Keesler Field, Mississippi. He served in the ETO, in Germany 1945-6. He served in the reserves following the War. He returned to active duty 18 February 1952 as an aircraft mechanic. Shortly thereafter, he entered aviation cadet training, took primary and basic pilot training at Williams AFB, Arizona and advanced pilot training at Nellis AFB, Nevada, with further training at Tyndall AFB, Florida. He received his pilot wings 30 Aprile 1953.

Then, 2nd Lt. Mattis served as a fighter pilot at McChord AFB, Washington. Later serving in Korea; Johnson and Yokota AFBs, Japan; Kadena AFB, Okinawa. Then. as a ferry pilot at Kelly AFB, Texas.

In March 1957, he attended the Disbursement Officers Course, Department of the Comptroller, 3750th Technical School, Sheppard AFB, Texas. From this, he served as assistant finance and budget officer and also as a transport pilot at Hamilton AFB, California. This was following by duty as a budget officer at Toul Rosieres AB, France.

In January 1965, he returned to the States for a tour of duty as a B-57 pilot at Hll AFB, Utah. He was then transferred to Clark AFB, Philippines, flying missions into Vietnam.

Captain Mattis and his bombardier-navigator, 1st Lt. Richard Smith, served with the 8th Bomb Squadron, 34th Tactical Group, 405th Tactical Fighter Wing, 13th Air Force, initially stationed at Clark AFB, then to Bien Hoa AB, RVN.

On their last mission, they took off from Bien Hoa Air Base for a visual strike against a target some 34 miles northeast of Kontum City. Their B-57B Canberra (#53-3890) burst into flames and crashed immediately after a low-altitude weapons release. This may have have been due to fragmentation damage from its own bombs.

The body of the pilot, Captain William C. Mattis, was recovered in the mountains of Binh Dinh Province. The remains of 1st Lt. Richard Smith were later identified 6 September 1994.

He was awarded the DFC and the Vietnamese National Order 5th Class. among other awards.
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