Name: Sherman Edward Flanagan Jr.
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O5
Unit: 355th TFS, 37th TFW, 7th AF
Date of Birth: 08 April 1930
Home City of Record: WESTMINSTER MD
Date of Loss: 21 July  1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 162148 North  1070913 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F100D #2905
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 1232

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. Updated 2020.



No further information available at this time.


2007 - According to researcher, Bruce Swander, Flanaghan may have been the first
Nat'l Guardsman to be killed from MD.





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Lieutenant Colonel Sherman Edward Flanagan Jr. entered the U.S. Air Force from Maryland and was a member of the 121st Tactical Fighter Squadron, District of Columbia Air National Guard on wartime duty with the 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron. On July 21, 1968, he was the pilot of an F-100D Super Sabre (tail number 562905) that took off from Phu Cat Air Base, South Vietnam, on a strike mission against enemy targets in the Ashau Valley. While pulling up from a pass over the target, Lt Col Flanagan's aircraft crashed for unknown reasons, east of the target in the vicinity of (GC) YD 300 102. Both the flight leader and the forward air controller (FAC) observed the crash and reported hearing no radio transmissions and seeing no ejection. The enemy presence prevented search and rescue efforts, and an electronic search failed to detect radio transmissions or electronic beeper signals. He remains unaccounted-for. Today, Lieutenant Colonel Flanagan is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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