Name: Richard Ames Claflin
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3
Unit:  433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing
Date of Birth: 02 July 1939
Home City of Record: KANSAS CITY KS
Date of Loss: 26 July 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 175500 North  1055000 East
Status (in 1973): Presumptive Finding of Death
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C #0848
Other Personnel in Incident: Richard Brazik, Presumptive Finding of

Refno: 0772

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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On July 26, 1967, an F-4C Phantom II (tail number 64-0848) with a crew of two took off from Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand as the number two aircraft in a flight of two on a nighttime armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. The F-4C reached the target area, released its ordnance, and was then seen to explode in mid-air by the flight leader. No parachutes were observed and no signals from rescue beepers were received. The flight leader circled the area and attempted to establish radio contact with the crew of the F-4C but was unsuccessful. The loss area was deep in enemy territory, so an immediate search for survivors could not be conducted. Later investigations of the crash site failed to recover the remains of the crew.  

Captain Richard Ames Claflin, who joined the U.S. Air Force from Kansas, served with the 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing. He was the aircraft commander aboard the F-4C when it crashed, and his remains were not recovered. Subsequent to the incident, and while carried in the status of MIA, the U.S. Air Force promoted Captain Claflin to the rank of Major. Today, Major Claflin is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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