BEAN, JAMES ELLIS Deceased 01/03/2006
Name: James Ellis Bean Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O6 Unit: 388 TFW Date of Birth: 05 December 1923 Home City of Record: Coxs Creeks KY Date of Loss: 03 January 1968 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 213600 North 1052700 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Missions: 1942 -- joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. Assigned later to the European Theater where he flew 41 combat missions in the P-47 in France and Germany. Other Personnel in Incident: Refno: 0962
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated 2006.
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JAMES E. BEAN Colonel - United States Air Force Shot Down: January 3, 1966 Released: March 14, 1973
Colonel James E. Bean is currently a student at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is enrolled in an intensive ten-month program of graduate level training for selected military officers and civilian personnel in the study of the management of resources for national security.
Colonel Bean was born December 5, 1923 on a farm at Cox's Creek, Kentucky, near Stephen Collins Foster's "Ole Kentucky Home." He graduated from Bardstown High School, Kentucky, in 1942 and was elected President of Kentucky Future Farmers of America. He entered the University of Kentucky in the fall of 1942 where he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in November. In February 1943 he was called to active duty and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in January, 1944. He remained at Foster Field, Texas, as an Advanced Flying School instructor. He was later assigned to the European Theater where he flew 41 combat missions in the P-47 in France and Germany.
Returning to the United States in 1947, Colonel Bean spent the next 12 years in various assignments flying and testing the Air Force's newest fighter aircraft. In 1960 he was assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, to establish and operate the F-105 aircraft flight training program for all Air Force units. His next assignment carried him to Japan with the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing from which he served several short tours in Southeast Asia. He served as an Air Force duty officer in the Pentagon in 1966 and 1967 until he volunteered and was assigned to the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, in October, 1967.
On January 3, 1968 while flying an F-105 combat mission over North Vietnam, his aircraft was shot down 30 miles north of Hanoi. Colonel Bean was captured by the North Vietnamese and held in Prisoner of War status for more than five years until his release on March 14, 1973.
James Bean retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He resided in Kentucky with his wife until his peaceful death Jan 3, 2006.