Name: James Vernon Dawson
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3
Date of Birth: 16 February 1940
Home City of Record: ASHLAND KY
Date of Loss: 16 July 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 130401 North  1092059 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F100D #3420
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 1468

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


No further information available at this time.

Subject:    CAPT James V. Dawson
Date:    Fri, 13 Jul 2018 02:54:00 +0000
From:    William M. Killian

At little after noon on July 16, 1969, CAPT James V. Dawson was the pilot of the number two F-100D aircraft (#56-3420), call sign Elect 62, in a flight of two returning to Tuy Hoa Air Force Base from an uneventful combat mission. The flight leader landed first. During his final approach to land, CAPT Dawson overshot the runway and was instructed by the runway control officer to go around for another approach. Dawson made no radio acknowledgement. He appeared to apply power to his aircraft, and shortly after the control officer saw the canopy come off the aircraft His altitude at this time was estimated at about 300 feet above the South China Sea, approximately one mile from the end of the runway. The aircraft was in a right bank with the nose down. At about this time, a U.S. Navy Patrol Craft Fast boat PCF 91 observed an USAF F-100 aircraft crash in the waters east of Tuy Hoa AFB. The pilot ejected; however, the parachute failed to open and no beeper was heard after the crash. While PCF 75 and HMAS Brisbane, a Royal Australian Navy guided missile destroyer, searched the area, PCF-91 ferried divers from Tuy Hoa AFB to the minesweeper USS Widgeon (MSC-208). After the Widgeon discovered the main body of the wreckage with sounding gear, the divers were put into the water. The fuselage was discovered in several large pieces; however, the divers were unable to locate the pilot or cockpit section. At noon on July 17th, the divers ceased operations and were returned to Tuy Hoa AFB. Dawson’s remains were not recovered. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and swiftboats.net]


Submitted by William M. Killian









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Captain James Vernon Dawson entered the U.S. Air Force from Kentucky and served with the 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron. On July 16, 1969, he piloted a single-seat F-100D Super Sabre (tail number 56-3420, call sign "Elect 62") as the second of two aircraft returning to Tuy Hoa Air Force Base, South Vietnam, from an uneventul combat mission. During his final approach to land, Capt Dawson overshot the runway, appeared to apply engine power, then lost control of the aircraft and ejected over the South China Sea. However, his parachute failed to open before he landed in the water. Search and rescue efforts could not locate him and he remains unaccounted for. Today, Captain Dawson is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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