KLINGNER, MICHAEL LEE
Name: Michael Lee Klinger
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/02
Tactical Fighter Squadron.
Date of Birth: 14 July 1945
Home City of Record: MC COOK NE
Date of Loss: 06 April 1970
Country of Loss: LAOS
Loss Coordinates: 153059 North 1072058 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F100D #3278
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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CAPT MICHAEL LEE KLINGNER
First Lieutenant Michael Lee Klingner entered the U.S. Air Force
from Nebraska and served in the 308th Tactical Fighter Squadron.
On April 6, 1970, he piloted a single-seat F-100D Super Sabre
(tail number 56-3278, call sign "Sabre 31") out of Tuy Hoa Air
Base on a strike mission against enemy targets in Laos. After
attacking his primary target, 1st Lt Klinger was cleared to
strike a secondary target along an enemy infiltration route that
had been marked by a forward air controller (FAC). "Sabre 31"
made its pass and fired on the target, but seconds later the FAC
observed a large fireball and witnessed "Sabre 31" crash at (GC)
YC 520 167. Other aircraft on the mission saw no parachute and
detected no rescue beepers near the crash site, and searches to
locate 1st Lt Klinger following the crash were unsuccessful.
Subsequent to the incident, and while carried in the status of
missing in action (MIA), the U.S. Air Force promoted First
Lieutenant Klingner to the rank of Captain (Capt). Today,
Captain Klingner is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at
the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
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