Name: Warren Leroy Anderson
Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force
Unit: 377th Combat Support Group, Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam
Date of Birth: 27 December 1932
Home City of Record: Camden MI
Date of Loss: 26 April 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates:  174000N 1062900E (XE591538)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RF4C
Other Personnel In Incident: James H. Tucker (missing)
Refno: 0317


Source: Compiled 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 in 2020.

SYNOPSIS: 1Lt. James H. Tucker was the pilot of an RF4C Phantom jet flying
on an unarmed night reconnaissance flight over a heavily defended North
Vietnamese anti-aircraft complex when all contact with their aircraft was
lost.  His backseater on the mission was Capt. Warren L. Anderson. It was
Anderson's third mission in Vietnam.

The mission was to photograph an anti-aircraft complex 15 miles north of
Dong Hoi, North Vietnam. The aircraft was being monitored by forward radar
units in South Vietnam. As the aircraft crossed a mountain range to
descended on the target, radio and radar contact was lost, and could not be
reestablished. An electronic search was begun immediately and a visual
search as soon as daylight permitted. Nothing was ever found of the aircraft
or its crew.

In 1973, 591 Americans were released from Vietnamese prisons; Anderson and
Tucker were not among them. They remained Missing In Action.

Following the war, as refugees began to flood the world from Vietnam,
thousands of reports of Americans still held captive began to accumulate. By
1988, over 6000 reports have been received by the U.S. Government. A
Pentagon panel, after a 5 month review of classified records concluded in
1986 that at least 100 Americans were still alive, held captive in Southeast

Anderson was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for obtaining vital
photos on an unarmed craft over the area where he later disappeared. Because
there has never been any word of James Tucker or Warren Anderson, their
families wonder if they are alive or dead. And, if alive, how much longer
much they wait for their country to bring them home?


From: "Gregg Anderson" <>
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Subject: Warren L. Anderson, 4/26/66
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2005 13:07:21 -0500
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I am the son of W.L Anderson. I appreciate you honoring him on your website.
I just wanted to point out a few items in error on his biography.

His tour started Oct/Nov of 1965, don't know exactly.

According to the AF he was the aircraft commander of the RF4C and would have
been in the front seat, but have heard contradictory info on this.

It was not his 3rd mission over Vietnam; he had been there for 6 months and
flown missions nightly, probably over 100 missions.

He is the father I never knew and I think about him every day.

Gregg S. Anderson


Coy has spent the past decade helping members at Tyndall remember those who are MIA and POW. But he never really got the closure he needed ...




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On April 26, 1966, an RF-4C Phantom II (tail number 64-1045) carrying two crew members took off on a photographic reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. As expected, radar contact with the Phantom was lost as it moved toward its target; however, contact was not reestablished with the crew, and the aircraft failed to return from its mission. Search teams found no sign of the missing Phantom or its crew members.

Captain Warren Leroy Anderson, who entered the U.S. Air Force from Michigan, was a member of the 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. He was the aircraft commander aboard the Phantom when it went missing on April 26, 1966, and he was lost along with the aircraft. His remains have not been recovered. Following the incident, the Air Force promoted Capt Anderson to Colonel (Col). Today, Colonel Anderson is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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