Poor, Russell Arden, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1575A-Electronic Warfare Officer
Last AFSC Group
Electronic Warfare
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 41st Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron
Service Years
1956 - 1967
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Warsaw, IN
Last Address
Takhli RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Feb 04, 1967
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
14E 119

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing41st Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron
  1966-1967, 1575A, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
  1966-1967, 41st Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 My Aircraft/Missiles
EB-66 Destroyer  
  1966-1967, EB-66 Destroyer
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On 4 Feb. 1967 as an Electronic Warfare Officer onboard a Douglas EB-66C " Destroyer" call sign "Harpoon 01 "  tail number 55-387; Col. Poor along with a cew of five was shot down by a MiG  deep inside North Viet Nam about 40 miles from the Chinese border. 

The Destroyer departed Takhli Royal Thai Airbase as the lead aircraft in a flight of two to conduct an active/passive electronic counter-measures mission in support of a strike against the Thai Nguyen Army Depot. The #2 aircraft in the flight, call sign "Harpoon 22 ", was also an EB-66C. Harpoon flight's escort consisted of two F-4 Phantom II aircraft, call signs "Sword 01" and "Sword 02". 

As the flight approached the target "Harpoon 01" was hit by two SAMs. The first struck near the aft section of the aircraft; the second 1,000' to the rear and above. Then a third SAM detonated directly on "Harpoon 01". Both "Sword 01" and "Sword 02 "  saw a large Ball of Fire and the aircraft break apart. "Sword 02" observed one deployed parachute after the explosion and then two more as they egressed the area. In 1973  Capt. John Fer,  Maj. Jack Bomar, and Lt. John Davies were released. They had been POW's for six years. In 1977 the Vietnamese returned the remains of Capt. Herb Doby and in 1990 they returned the remains of Maj. Woodrow Wilburn.  

 UPDATE: Lt Col. Russell A. Poor's remains were recovered by JPATS and returned on April 14, 2007 and were identified on May 26, 2008. WELCOME HOME COLONEL!
Col. Poor was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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