FLESHER, HUBERT KELLY
Name: Hubert Kelly Flesher Rank/Branch: O4/United States Air Force, pilot Unit: 480th TFS Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Clarksburg WV Date of Loss: 02 December 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 212000N 1055400E Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C #0753 Incident No: 0534
Other Personnel in Incident: James Berger, Returnee
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK March 1997 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.
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On 2 December 1966, Flesher and Berger were number three in a flight of four F4C's on Mig Caps just north of Thudridge. They swung wide to the right of the rest of the flight with Mig 21 's on the right and a SAM (surface to air missile) on the left. The aircraft was at 14,000 feet, 913 MACH air speed, 100 left bank at SAM impact. They immediately gained 500 feet in altitude. They were hit at the aircraft's center of gravity. Both ejected and were captured.
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). UPDATE - 08/2011 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO
HUBERT K. FLESHER Lieutenant Colonel - United States Air Force Shot Down: December 2, 1966 Released: February 18, 1973
Lieutenant Colonel Flesher was the first POW to accomplish flying re-qualification at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas ("Freedom 01"). At this writing he is completing the F-106 Transition Course at Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Florida, with an end assignment to the 84th FIS at Castle Air Force Base, Merced, California.
------------------------ Since his retirement, Lt. Col "Buddy" Flesher manages a consulting firm on the West coast. He and his wife travel extensively overseas.