BOMAR, JACK WILLIAMSON
Name: Jack Williamson Bomar Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force, NAV Unit: 41st TRS Date of Birth:10 June 1926 Home City of Record: Ft. Madison IA Date of Loss: 04 February 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 221546N 1055300E (WK910620) Status (in 1973): Released POW Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: EB66C
Other Personnel in Incident: John O. Davies; John Fer (both released POWs); Russell A. Poor (missing); Herb Doby; Woodrow H. Wilburn (remains returned)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 March 1990 with the assistance of one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2009.
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SYNOPSIS: The Douglas EB66C Skywarrior was outfitted as an electronic warfare aircraft which carried roughly 5 tons of electronic gear in addition to its flight crew of three and technical personnel. The EB66C featured a pressurized capsule installed in the bomb bay, that accommodated four technicians whose responsibility was to operate electronic reconnaissance gear.
On February 4, 1967, an EB66C was dispatched on an operational mission over North Vietnam. The crew and technicians that day included Maj. Jack W. Bomar, 1Lt. John O. Davies, Capt. John Fer, Capt. Russell A. Poor, Capt. Herb Doby, and Maj. Woodrow Hoover.
At a point about 40 miles from the China border in Bac Thai Province, North Vietnam, the EB66C was shot down. Bomar, Fer and Davies were captured. The fates of Doby, Poor and Wilburn were uncertain.
In the spring of 1973, 591 Americans were released from prison camps in Vietnam, including Bomar, Davies and Fer. They had been POWs for just over six years. Poor, Doby and Wilburn remained Missing in Action.
In 1977, the Vietnamese returned remains which were identified as being those of Capt. Herb Doby, but denied any knowledge of the fates of Poor and Wilburn.
In 1990, it was announced that the Vietnamese had "discovered" and returned the remains of Maj. Woodrow Wilburn.
For 23 years, the Vietnamese have denied knowledge of the fates of the missing from the EB66C they shot down on February 4, 1967. Among the entire crew, only Poor remains missing.
Disturbing testimony was given to Congress in 1980 that the Vietnamese "stockpiled" the remains of Americans to return at politically advantageous times. Could Poor be waiting, in a casket, for just such a moment?
Even more disturbing are the nearly 10,000 reports received by the U.S. relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia. Many authorities who have examined this information (largely classified), have reluctantly come to the conclusion that many Americans are still alive in Southeast Asia. Could Poor be among these?
Perhaps the most compelling questions when remains are returned are, "Is it really who they say it is?", and "How -- and when -- did he die?" As long as reports continue to be received which indicate Americans are still alive in Indochina, we can only regard the return of remains as a politically expedient way to show "progress" on accounting for American POW/MIAs. As long as reports continue to be received, we must wonder how many are alive.
As long as even one American remains alive, held against his will, we must do everything possible to bring him home -- alive.
======= Jack Bomar retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and his wife Kay reside in Arizona.
"Michael Williamson Bomar passed away peacefully on Jan 4th, 2006 after a long fight with cancer. He was born in Pasadena Tx, on April 17, 1955. He worked for the state of Arizona for their ADOA fleet management. Prior to that he was employed by the Arizona Republican Party for 14 years. Michael attended the United States Air Force Academy ans was a graduate of Arizona State University. He is survived by his wife Shirley, daughter Melissa, mother and step-father Ruth and Paul Giovannetti, father and step-mother Col Jack Bomar and Kay Bomar. He has three brothers, Sam Bomar, Mark Bomar, and Billy Bomar. Funeral services are at Green Acres Mortuary on Saturday January 7th at 2:30 PM."