Name: Dwight Pollard Bowles
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3
Date of Birth: 04 February 1932
Home City of Record: STAUNTON VA
Date of Loss: 03 Novemebr 1965
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 211559 North 1040559 East
Status (in 1973): Killed in Action/Body not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D  #0163
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0182

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



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Captain Dwight Pollard Bowles, who joined the U.S. Air Force from Virginia, served with the 562nd Tactical Fighter Squadron. On November 3, 1965, Capt Bowles piloted a single-seat F-105 Thunderchief (tail number 61-0163) on a bombing mission over North Vietnam. The Thunderchief was the fourth aircraft in a flight of four, and when the pilot made his bomb run on the target, other pilots in the flight saw that ordnance was released only from the right side of the aircraft. The ordnance on the left side failed to separate, and as Capt Bowles pulled up and turned, his Thunderchief crashed into a hill and exploded. He was not seen to eject, and no emergency beepers were detected afterward. A search and rescue effort was not possible due to enemy activity in the area. After the incident, the U.S. Air Force promoted Capt Bowles to the rank of Major (Maj). Today, Major Bowles is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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