LANE, CHARLES JR.
Name: Charles Lane Jr.
Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force
Unit: 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Date of Birth: 21 April 1942
Home City of Record: Yankton SD
Date of Loss: 23 August 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 215000N 1052000E (WK550020)
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Other Personnel in Incident: Larry E. Carrigan (released POW)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 March 1991 from one or more of
the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.
SYNOPSIS: The Phantom, used by Air Force, Marine and Navy air wings, served
a multitude of functions including fighter-bomber. The 2-man aircraft was
very fast (Mach 2), and had a long range (900 - 2300 miles). The F4 was also
extremely maneuverable and handled well at low and high altitudes. Most
pilots considered it one of the "hottest" planes around.
Capt. Charles Lane, Jr. was the pilot and Capt. Larry E. Carrigan the
bombardier/navigator on an F4 sent from Ubon Airfield, Thailand, on a strike
mission over North Vietnam on 23 August 1967. The aircraft was number four
in a flight of four aircraft.
About 25 miles southwest of Hanoi, the aircraft was struck by hostile fire
and disintegrated. Other members of the flight observed the crew to eject
and saw two parachutes. One emergency beeper signal was heard.
The Department of Defense later learned that Larry E. Carrigan was a
Prisoner of War. He was released during Operation Homecoming in 1973, but
there was no further word of Charles Lane, Jr.
Since the war ended, over 10,000 reports have been received by the U.S.
relating to Americans still unaccounted for from the Vietnam war. Many
authorities now believe hundreds are still alive in captivity today. The
U.S. Government, although involved in talks with the Vietnamese since the
end of the war, has been unable to bring home a single live prisoner. The
Vietnamese, on the other hand, refuse to let the issue die, with the
ultimate hope of normalizing relations with the west.
The Americans who are still captive have been reduced to bargaining pawns
between two nations. For their sakes, everything possible must be done to
bring them home. The sacrifice of tens of thousands of America's young men
is mocked by the abandonment of their comrades. For the sake of our future
fighting men and those who have given their lives in the defense of their
country, we must see to it that we never again abandon our soldiers to enemy
Although six years passed before Lane was administratively declared dead,
based on no new information he was alive, Lane was not advanced in rank.
Carrigan's rank remained the same during the period he was a prisoner of