Utley, Russel Keith, Col

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 1115F, 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Service Years
1955 - 1969

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Casualty Info
Home Town
San Francisco
Last Address
Korat RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Jan 26, 1969
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
34W 090

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Aviator (Senior)

 Unit Assignments
388th Tactical Fighter Wing469th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1968-1969, 1115F, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1968-1969, 1115F, 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1968-1969, F-4 Phantom
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On the night of 25/26 Jan 1969, Major Russel K. Utley, pilot, and 1st Lt Daniel E. Singleton, weapons systems operator, departed Korat RTAFB in F-4E tail number 67-0286 on a night interdiction mission along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Their aircraft went down while attacking a target near Ban Kate. Although no parachutes were seen and search and rescue efforts failed to gain contact with either crewman, it was possible that one or both escaped the aircraft and were captured. They were classed as Missing in Action.


The facts you have printed are not entirely accurate. Russ and Dan were members of the 469th TFS out of Korat RTAB, Thailand. On the night in question, they rolled in on a target in Laos and never pulled out. While enemy fire hitting the aircraft was a possibility, it was never confirmed. No chutes were seen, but it was a night mission so even if they had bailed out, it is unlikely that they would have been seen. I served as Dan Singleton's Summary Courts Officer, knew both Dan and Russ very well, and only send you this to improve the accuracy of the record. CWMagsig Colonel, USAF, Ret
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