Wilburn, Woodrow Hoover, Col

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1575A-Electronic Warfare Officer
Last AFSC Group
Electronic Warfare
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
Service Years
1950 - 1967
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Corpus Christi, TX
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 121

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
  1966-1967, 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1967-1967, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
EB-66 Destroyer  
  1966-1967, EB-66 Destroyer
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Last Known Activity

On 4 Feb.1967 as an Electronic Warfare Officer onboard a EB-66C "Destroyer" call sign "Harpoon 01" tail number 55-387; Col. Wilburn along with a crew of five was shot down by a SAM deep inside North Vietnan about 40 miles from the Chinese border. 
The Destroyer had departed Takhli AB, Thailand as a 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 number 2 aircraft in the flight, callsign "Harpoon22" was also an EB-66C. Harpoons flights escort consisted of a flight of two F-4C Phantom II aircraft callsign Sword 01 and 02. 
As the flight approached the target "Harpoon 01 was struck by two SAMs. The first struck near the tail and the second hit about 1,000 feet to the rear but above. Then the EB-66 took a direct hit and burst into flames.
In 1973 during Operation Homecomming Capt. John Fer, Maj. Jack Bomer and Lt. John Davies were release. On April 29, 1978 the Sec. of the Air Force declared Col. Wilburn KIA/BNR. On June 21, 1989 Col. Wilburns remains were repatriated and positively identified on Dec.20, 1989.  In 1990 the remains of Col. Woodrow Wilburn were interred at Arlington  National Cemetery  in Sec. 60 Site 8935 with full Military Honors.  The Maj. had received two promotions during his captivity. Capt Herb Dody's remains were returned in 1977. LtCol. Russell A.  Poor's remains have  not been returned.
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