Name: Joseph Leslie Hart
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O5
Date of Birth: 11 September 1924
Home City of Record: AFTON WY
Date of Loss: 25 February 1967
Country of Loss: LAOS
Loss Coordinates: 161613 North  1065212 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A1E
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0600

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.


CACCF/CRASH/PILOT/20 YRS United States Air Force

No further information available at this time.





Return to Service Member Profiles


Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Leslie Hart entered the U.S. Air Force from Wyoming and served with the 1st Air Commando Squadron. On February 25, 1967, he piloted a single-seat A-1E Skyraider (tail number 52-132625, call sign "Hobo 36") in a flight of two on an armed reconnaissance mission over Laos. During the mission, while proceeding up a valley, Lt Col Hart's aircraft crashed into a hillside in the vicinity of (GC) XC 987 995. It exploded and burned on impact. His wingman saw no parachute and no sign of survival at the crash site. Lieutenant Colonel Hart remains unaccounted for. Today, Lieutenant Colonel Hart is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual's case to be in the analytical category of Active Pursuit.

If you are a family member of this serviceman, DPAA can provide you with additional information and analysis of your case. Please contact your casualty office representative.

Service member profile discrepancy? Please help us ensure the accuracy of each profile by submitting documentation about a service member profile.