TALLEY, BERNARD LEO JR.
Name: Bernard Leo Talley, Jr. Rank/Branch: O2/United States Air Force, Unit: 433rd TFS Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Baltimore, MD Date of Loss: 10 September 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 212000N 1063000E Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C #640832 Missions: Incident No: 0454
Other Personnel in Incident: Douglas B. Peterson, returnee
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. 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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Bernard Talley and Douglas Peterson were on a mission on 10 September 1966 when they were shot down. The target was a bridge and ferry complex near Hanoi and as they were departing the target area the aircraft was hit by a surface to air missile (SAM). Fortunately it was not a direct hit, thus neither the pilot nor Talley were injured by the missile's blast. The aircraft, however, was severely damaged. Both engines were rendered inoperative and the entire aft portion of the aircraft was on fire. It was immediately obvious they could not make it to the coast where rescue would be possible. Therefore, after slowing the aircraft and attempting to radio the position and situation, the co-pilot, Lt. Bernard Talley, and pilot, Douglas Peterson, ejected. The time was 2100 hours 10 September 1966.
Bernard Talley spent the next 6 1/2 yrs. in captivity. He was released on March 4, 1973 along with Douglas "Pete" Peterson. Talley retired from the Air Force as a Colonel. He and his wife Devon reside in Texas. They are active with NAM-POWs, Inc.