ELLIS, JEFFREY THOMAS
Name: Jeffrey Thomas Ellis Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O3 Unit: 469 TFS Date of Birth: November 1940 Home City of Record: Caldwell NJ Date of Loss: 17 December 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 213300 North 1054000 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105 #9942 Missions: 44 Other Personnel in Incident: Refno: 0422
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.
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JEFFREY T. ELLIS Captain - United States Air Force Shot Down: December 17, 1967 Released: March 14, 1973
Captain Ellis was brought up in New Jersey. In 1958 he graduated from Caldwell High School, Caldwell, New Jersey. He graduated from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
In December 1962 he received his commission in the USAF. He then went to pilot training at Webb AFB, Texas. The following February he received his wings and was assigned to Laughlin AFB, Texas, another pilot training base, where he instructed students in flying the T-37.
In December 1966 Captain Ellis was sent to McConnell AFB, Kansas to up-grade in the F-105. In June of 1967 his daughter, Kimberly, was born. Three months later he left for an assignment at Korat AFB, Thailand, with the 469th TFS.
On December 17, 1967, while on his 44th mission over North Vietnam, his F-105D was hit by a missile, his plane went into a spin, but fortunately he was able to eject. He went down in a populated area outside Hanoi and was taken prisoner. During the next five years, Captain Ellis lived in four different prison camps in North Vietnam. He was released 14 March 1973.
A personal message: This is the most wonderful thing that can happen to people - together again after sixty-five months of separation.
"We thank you for the prayers and help bestowed so abundantly upon us during the past five years. There are no words to express our gratitude to Americans for their unrelenting efforts toward the honorable release of the POWs.
"Thank you for a truly magnificent homecoming." ==================
Jeff Ellis retired from the United States Air Force as a Brig. General. He and his wife Kay reside in Cypress, Texas. =================