Mitchell, Thomas Barry, Maj

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Primary Unit
1966-1968, 374th Tactical Airlift Wing
Service Years
1963 - 1968
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Naha AB, Okinawa
Ubon RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
May 22, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
65E 013

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
American Battle Monuments CommissionVietnam Veterans Memorial
  2009, American Battle Monuments Commission
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Senior)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Laredo Air Force Base18th Troop Carrier Squadron - Fail Safe41st Tactical Airlift Squadron374th Tactical Airlift Wing
  1963-1964, Laredo Air Force Base
  1964-1965, 18th Troop Carrier Squadron - Fail Safe
  1965-1966, 18th Troop Carrier Squadron - Fail Safe
  1966-1968, 41st Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1966-1968, 374th Tactical Airlift Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1973 Vietnam War
  1965-1966 Operation Power Pack (Dominican Republic)
  1994-1994 Operation Southern Watch (Iraq)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Air Force Academy
  1959-1963, United States Air Force Academy7
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-130 Hercules  
  1968-1968, C-130 Hercules
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
Class of 1963
            Major Mitchell was killed in Laos as a C-130 aircraft pilot on an operational mission on 22 May 1968. His plane never returned to friendly control that day and he was kept in a MIA status until 27 February 1975. He was a member of the 41st TAS and on TDY to the 374th TAWG at the time. He had also served at Naha AB, Okinawa with the 41st Troop Carrier Squadron. As a cadet, Mitchell served as Squadron Operations Officer and Assistant Flight Training Officer. His military decorations came to include the AF Longevity Service Award Ribbon, the AF Expeditionary Medal (Dominican Republic 1968), and the Air Medal (Vietnam 1966-7). He was cited for outstanding airmanship and courage in hazardous conditions. Mitchell??s memorial fund was used as a library book fund. His name is also on the USAFA War Memorial for his sacrifice for and dedication to this country.
Narrative compiled by Heather Beer, Association of Graduates intern, Summer 2005.

LAOS (A3c): On 22 May 68, nine Air Force members were reported MIA while on an operational mission. Their C-130 aircraft did not return to friendly control and the members were declared MIA at the time of estimated fuel exhaustion.
Lt Col William H. MASON, FRxxxx8 (pilot)
Capt Thomas B. MITCHELL, FR7xxxx (copilot) 
Capt William T. McPHAIL,'FVxxxxxx9 (navigator)
SSgt Calvin C. GLOVER,'AFxxxxxxx2 (flight engineer)
AlC Melvin D. RASH, AFxxxxxxx1 (loadmaster)
Sgt Gary PATE, AFxxxxxxx7 (loadmaster)
Maj Jerry L. CHAMBERS, FRxxxxxx0 (non crew member)
AlC Thomas E. KNEBEL, AFxxxxxxx0 (non crew member)
A1C John Q. ADAM, AFxxxxxx7 (loadmaster)

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