Name: William Carl Buerk
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3
Date of Birth: 15 February 1940
Home City of Record: LOS ANGELES CA
Date of Loss: 11 April 1971
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 143858 North  1073403 East
Status (in 1973): Killed in Action/Body not Recovered
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F100D #0937
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 1740

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 William Carl Buerk, who joined the U.S. Air Force from California, served with the 614th Tactical Fighter Squadron. On April 11, 1971, Capt Buerk was the pilot of an F-100 Super Sabre (tail number 56-0937, call sign Blade 1) scrambled for a combat mission over Kon Tum Province, South Vietnam. The lead aircraft in a flight of two, Capt Buerk made a diving pass at the target, and was seen by both his wingman and the forward air controller (FAC) to crash in the vicinity of (GC) YB 926 194. The wingman and FAC saw no signs of ejection, and heard no radio or beeper communications. Search and rescue helicopters made several low passes over the crash site but saw no signs of survival, and a ground search could not be conducted due to enemy activity in the area. After the incident, the Air Force promoted Capt Buerk to the rank of Major (Maj). Today, Major Buerk is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.    

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