Name: William Warren Hail
Rank/Branch: O4/United States Air Force
Date of Birth: 18 December 1932
Home City of Record: Los Angeles CA
Date of Loss: 02 August 1965
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 160358 North  1080956 East
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A1H, tail number 132625
Missions: 180
Other Personnel in Incident: none
Incident Number: 0118

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, June 1997.  2020


Glendale News-Press 1965
by Avery Keener
News Press Staff Writer

A Glendale pilot is missing in action in Viet Nam, but his family is
convinced that his training, experience and determination will bring him
safely home.

Capt. William Warren Hail, a jet pilot who has been training Vietnamese to
fly conventional propeller-powered planes, disappeared Aug. 1, 10 minutes
after take off from Da Nang airport.....

On May 12, 1973 the Altadena Woman's Club Juniors, planted a "Freedom Tree"
at the corner of Altadena Drive and Lake Street. The living tribute dedicated
to Lt. Col. W.W. Hain. At the time of the dedication there had been "no
traces of him or his plane. His family has not received any letters from or
about him."





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Captain William Warren Hail, who entered the U.S. Air Force from California, was a member of the 1131st Special Activity Squadron. On August 2, 1965, he was the pilot of a single-seat A-1H Skyraider (tail number 132625) on a routine maintenance test flight in the vicinity of Da Nang, South Vietnam. The last known contact with Capt Hail was just after takeoff, but for unknown reasons, he failed to return from this mission. Search and rescue efforts that included electronic surveillance and covered ground and sea areas continued for two days but were unsuccessful in locating the missing pilot and aircraft. After the incident, the Air Force promoted Capt Hail to the rank of Colonel (Col). Today, Colonel Hail is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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