Mearns, Arthur Stewart, Col

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1952 - 1966
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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Great Neck
Last Address
Takhli RTAFB

Casualty Date
Nov 11, 1966
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12E 055

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Aviator (Senior)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Air Training Command80th Tactical Fighter Squadron354th Tactical Fighter Squadron355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1953-1954, Air Training Command
  1956-1966, Air Training Command
  1966-1966, 80th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1966-1966, 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1966-1966, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam Air Offensive Campaign (1966-67)3
 Colleges Attended 
Colgate University
  1948-1952, Colgate University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-86 Sabre  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1955-1956, F-86 Sabre
  1966-1966, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"On November 11, 1966, eleven years ago today, Colonel, then Major Mearns, with his family not far removed in Japan, set out as the flight leader for a flight of F-105s for a target northeast of Hanoi. Low clouds and generally bad weather, coupled with heavy enemy fire made the mission virtually impossible. Yet, in heroic fashion Major Mearns and his fellow airmen performed the impossible; the target was hit. In leaving the area the flight leader's aircraft was badly damaged by enemy groundfire and burning.

The attempt to reach the coast was nearly successful. Art's wingman saw a canopy deploy, but low fuel supplies and heavy concentrations of ground troops made rescue impossible."

Source: Tribute to Col. Arthur Stewart Mearns - Hon. Robert K. Dorman of California - In the House of Representatives, Thursday, December 1, 1977 -

(Continued in Tributes)

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Additional Information from Hopka, Rich (Historian)
F-104D (62-4313
Body Recovered Id 25oct 77
Shot down near Dinh Lap, NVN
7th AF
355th TFS
(He was TDY from the 80th TFS)
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