PITTMAN, ALLAN D.  [sp - Alan Pittmann]

Name: Allan D. Pittman
Rank/Branch: USAF E3
Unit:
Date of Birth: 27 March 45
Home City of Record: Shelby, IA
Date of Loss: 16 November 66
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates:
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 2
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A1G

Other Personnel In Incident:

Source: Compiled by THE P.O.W. NETWORK 02 February 93 from the
following published sources - POW/MIA's -- Report of the Select Committee
on POW/MIA Affairs United States Senate -- January 13, 1993. "The Senate
Select Committee staff has prepared case summaries for the priority cases
that the Administration is now investigating. These provide the facts about
each case, describe the circumstances under which the individual was lost,
and detail the information learned since the date of loss.  Information in
the case summaries is limited to information from casualty files, does not
include any judgments by Committee staff, and attempts to relate essential
facts. The Committee acknowledges that POW/MIAs' primary next-of- kin know
their family members' cases in more comprehensive detail than summarized
here and recognizes the limitations that the report format imposes on these
summaries."

On November 16, 1966, Airman Second Class Allan Pittmann was a
passenger on an A1G aircraft flight from Nha Trang, South Vietnam,
to Udorn Air Base, Thailand.  The aircraft was hit by hostile
ground fire, its engine lost power and the aircraft crashed in
Savannakhet Province, Laos.  The pilot and co-pilot both bailed out
and were rescued 90 minutes later.  During their post-recovery
debrief they reported that Airman Pittmann had also bailed out and
they last observed him alive on the ground.  

Royal Lao Army and U.S. led irregular forces mounted a sweep on the
area on November 17 and again on November 18 in a directed effort
to recover Airman Pittmann.  They located an enemy dispensary in
the general area of his disappearance.  A villager just escaped
from Lao communist captivity contacted friendly forces on November
22 and stated that he was told by a Pathet Lao battalion commander
than an individual correlating to Pittmann was captured on the 17th
and was shot to death by the "VC."  

Airman Pittmann was not reported alive in the northern Vietnamese
prison system and his remains have not yet been repatriated.  He
was initially reported missing in action.  He was declared
dead/body not recovered, in April 1978.