RIP 08/28/2020

Name: William J. Elander Jr.
Rank/Branch: O4/United States Air Force, pilot
Unit: 469th TFS
Date of Birth: 02 July 1934
Home City of Record: Charlotte NC
Date of Loss: 05 July 1972
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 212900 North  1063600 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4E
Missions: 67
Note: 1st Tour F 105D, 1965, 100 missions, 67th TFS
Other Personnel in Incident: Donald Logan, returnee


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. 2023


William Elander retired from the United States Air Force as a Lt. Colonel.
He and his wife Lynn reside in Alaska, where they manage a hotel.


1974 Air Command and Staff College Research Study, Report 0860-74,

A Prisoner of War Report - Vietnam
by William J. Elander, Major, USAF



Bill Elander is in hospice care. He's comfortable and without pain.


Gents and Gals:
Our friend and brother Bill Elander flew west last night. The family celebrated Bill's
last hours with barbecue from BJ's Barbecue with one of Bill's favorite meals;
later that night Bill passed peacefully. He fought the good fight, as he always has.
His ordeal over these past few months took a toll that few could have survived.
We have lost a good friend and a wonderful person. We'll see him again on the
other side and he'll greet us with a welcoming scotch in hand. 
Lynn is in the process for the funeral and a small local celebration of life.
Arlington will be the final resting place and that will be more in tune to Bill's
desires. I'll advise when both will take place.

Mach up!

Best to all,



Bill Elander Obituary




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