Deceased 10/30/2011

Name: John Stewart Finlay
Rank/Branch: O5/United States Air Force, pilot
Unit: 389th TFS
Date of Birth: 29 June 27
Home City of Record: Arlington VA
Date of Loss: 28 April 1968
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 171300 North  1064400 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4D
Missions: 68
Other Personnel in Incident: Wesley Rumble, 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


John Finlay retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and
his wife Carolyn resided in Florida until his death Oct 30, 2011. John IV
made a career in the United States Army, has 2 sons (John V and Brian).


John's family is planning a burial at Arlington on next June 29 - 2012 - his birthday.  


Carol Ann Finlay 2018

Posted on  

Carol Ann Finlay, 67, of Sevierville, passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2018. She was
born on June 14, 1951 in Dayton, Ohio to her parents, Col. Johns S. Finlay III and Carolyn W. Finlay. ...




From: James Martin <>
Date: 1/3/2020 9:35 PM (GMT-06:00)
Subject: Looking for info

I am trying to find more details on former P O W who was returned in 1973. Do you have any info on Col. John S. Finlay??
I am interested in anything related to his years in captivity. I know he was at the Hanoi Hilton for much of the time. Was he
at any other prisons? With whom did he share a cell, any specifics to his particular abuse, etc. Really, anything you may
have. I am trying to locate surviving family members or other POWs who may have had contact with him.

He was my former squadron commander. Please respond to

Dr. Jim Martin

James E. Martin, DMin, ThD