ANDERSON, WARREN LEROY
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
REMARKS: ALL CONTACT LOST
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 2015.
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 Asia.
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" <Gregg.Anderson@imrcharleston.com> To: <email@example.com> Subject: Warren L. Anderson, 4/26/66 Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2005 13:07:21 -0500 X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook, Build 10.0.4510 Importance: Normal
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
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