MIMS, GEORGE IVISON JR. Name: George Ivison Mims, Jr. Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force Unit: 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Ubon AF TH Date of Birth: 17 May 1940 Home City of Record: Manning SC Date of Loss: 20 December 1965 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 212500N 1063700E Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 2 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C Other Personnel In Incident: Robert D. Jeffrey (POW released 1973) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 from 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 2008. REMARKS:
SYNOPSIS: 1Lt. George I. Mims was the weapons systems operator of an F4C Phantom jet which was one of four F4Cs flying "MIG cover" for F105's bombing a bridge on the northeast railroad out of Hanoi into China. Capt. Robert D. "Bob" Jeffrey was his pilot on the mission.
During the flight, Jeffrey's aircraft took what appeared to be a direct hit and other flight members felt sure that there was no chance of survival for either. Only small pieces of the airplane were seen to emerge from the fireball. George Mims had been married only a month, and Bob Jeffrey had a baby son. When 591 Americans were released from Vietnam in 1973, George Mims was not among them, but his backseater, Bob Jeffrey was. No substantial information has surfaced on Mims since his plane went down. The Vietnamese deny any knowledge of his fate. Since the war's end, the U.S. Government has received thousands of reports of Americans still in captivity in Southeast Asia. This large volume of evidence suggests that hundreds are still being held. Henry Kissinger predicted, in the 50's, that future "limited political engagements" would result, unfortunately, in nonrecoverable prisoners of war. This prediction has been fulfilled in Korea and Vietnam, where thousands of men and women remain missing, and where ample evidence exists that many of them (from BOTH wars) are still alive today. The U.S. Government seems unable (or unwilling) to negotiate their freedom. The "unfortunate" abandonment of military personnel is not acceptable, and the policy that allows it must be changed before another generation is left behind in some faraway war. George I. Mims, Jr. was promoted to the rank of Captain during the period he was maintained missing.