Name: James Lindsay Badley
Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O2/Pilot
Date of Birth: 16 April 1942
Home City of Record: Hermiston OR
Date of Loss: 27 March 1968
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 171954 North 1061214 East
Status (in 1973): Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4D
Other Personnel in Incident: Whitteker,James
Refno: 1105

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.  2020


James Badley was a two year Air Force Veteran. CACCF notes the plane

No further information available at this time.


Richard L. Whitteker was the aircraft commander on Jim's last mission.  Jim
traded into the flight with Whitteker and that story is documented in a book
about Badley's life called "Angels Unknown" by Lynda Twyman Paffrath.

Lynda Twyman Paffrath




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On March 27, 1968, an F-4D Phantom II (tail number 66-8801, call sign "Gunfighter 08") took off from Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam, with a crew of two, on a two-plane strike mission over North Vietnam. While making its fourth pass over the target area, "Gunfighter 08" failed to pull up from the run, crashed into the trees on top of a hill, and exploded. Both crew members were lost with the aircraft and remain unaccounted for.

First Lieutenant James Lindsay Badley entered the U.S. Air Force from Oregon and was a member of the 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron. He was the pilot on this Phantom II when it crashed, and he was lost with the aircraft. His remains were not recovered. Today, First Lieutenant Badley is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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