ELLIS, JEFFREY THOMAS
Name: Jeffrey Thomas Ellis
Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O3
Unit: 469 TFS
Date of Birth: November 1940
Home City of Record: Caldwell NJ
Date of Loss: 17 December 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 213300 North  1054000 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Category:
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105 #9942
Missions: 44
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0422
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.
REMARKS: 730314 RELEASED BY DRV
 
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME  copyright 1977
Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor
P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602
Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and
spelling errors).
JEFFREY T. ELLIS
Captain - United States Air Force
Shot Down: December 17, 1967
Released: March 14, 1973
Captain Ellis was brought up in New Jersey. In 1958 he graduated from Caldwell
High School, Caldwell, New Jersey. He graduated from Lehigh University,
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business
Administration.
In December 1962 he received his commission in the USAF. He then went to pilot
training at Webb AFB, Texas. The following February he received his wings
and was assigned to Laughlin AFB, Texas, another pilot training base, where
he instructed students in flying the T-37.
In December 1966 Captain Ellis was sent to McConnell AFB, Kansas to up-grade
in the F-105. In June of 1967 his daughter, Kimberly, was born. Three months
later he left  for an assignment at Korat AFB, Thailand, with the 469th TFS.
On December 17, 1967, while on his 44th mission over North Vietnam, his
F-105D was hit by a missile, his plane went into a spin, but fortunately he
was able to eject. He went down in a populated area outside Hanoi and was
taken prisoner. During the next five years, Captain Ellis lived in four
different prison camps in North Vietnam. He was released 14 March 1973.
A personal message:
This is the most wonderful thing that can happen to  people - together
again after sixty-five months of separation.
          
"We thank you for the prayers and help bestowed so abundantly upon us during
the past five years. There are no words to express our gratitude to
Americans for their unrelenting efforts toward the honorable release of the
POWs.
         
"Thank you for a truly magnificent homecoming."

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Jeff Ellis retired from the United States Air Force as a Brig. General.
He and his wife Kay reside in Cypress, Texas.

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