Name: Edgar Lee Hawkins
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3
Date of Birth: 03 May 1929
Home City of Record: LAMESA TX
Date of Loss: 20 September 1965
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 205300 North  1033700 East
Status (in 1973): Presumptive Finding of Death
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D
Other Personnel in Incident:

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.  2020



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Captain Edgar Lee Hawkins, who joined the U.S. Air Force from Texas, was a member of the 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron. On September 20, 1965, he piloted a single-seat F-105 Thunderchief (tail number 62-4238, call sign "Elm 02") as the number two aircraft in a three-plane mission over North Vietnam. After successfully attacking their primary target, the flight began an armed route-reconnaissance, and the flight leader initiated an attack on a bridge. Captain Hawkins followed the flight leader on the attack, and as he pulled out, his Thunderchief clipped a group of trees which caused it to crash in the vicinity of (GC) 48Q UJ 561 096. Captain Hawkins did not eject from the aircraft before it went down, and witnesses from the other aircraft saw no signs of survival at the crash site. A formal search for him could not be conducted due to enemy presence in the area, and further attempts to locate Capt Hawkins were unsuccessful. After the incident, the Air Force promoted Capt Hawkins to the rank of Major (Maj). Today, Major Hawkins is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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