Name: Robert Earl Kline
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O4
Unit:  421st Tactical Fighter Squadron
Date of Birth: 19 May 1930
Home City of Record: INDIANA PA
Date of Loss: 02 November 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 220500 North   1042900 East
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105 #0469
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0510

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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Major Robert Earl Kline, who joined the U.S. Air Force from Pennsylvania, was a member of the 421st Tactical Fighter Squadron. On November 2, 1966, he piloted a single seat F-105D Thunderchief (tail number 600460, call sign "Cobalt 2") as the number two aircraft in a four-plane armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. Major Kline and the lead aircraft on the mission were preparing to make an attack on the target area, when the pilot of the number four aircraft reported a fire aboard his plane. The flight leader left the target area to participate in the rescue of the number four pilot; this was the last time Maj Kline’s Thunderchief was seen. He is thought to have crashed; however, his remains have not been located or identified. After the incident, the U.S. Air Force promoted Maj Kline to the rank of Colonel (Col). Today, Colonel Kline is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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