LOGAN, DONALD K.
Name: Donald K. Logan Rank/Branch: O2/United States Air Force/WSO Unit: 469th TFS 388th TFW Date of Birth: 6 December 1946 - Glendale CA Home City of Record: Granada Hills CA Date of Loss: 05 July 1972 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 212900 North 1063600 East Status: (in 1973) Returnee Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F-4E Missions: 133 Combat Missions F-4E Other Personnel in Incident: Maj William J. Elander Jr. Pilot
Remarks: 730329 RELEASED BY DRV
Source: Compiled by the P.O.W. NETWORK with information provided Donald Logan as shown - 1998. Edited 2006.
Synopsis: Donald K. Logan (Don) was born in Glendale, California on December 6, 1946. At age 10 my family moved to New City, New York (a suburb of New York City). In 1960 at age 14 I moved back to Granada Hills in Southern California.
After graduating from California State University-Northridge with a BA degree in History, I joined the USAF in August of 1969. I was trained as an F-4E Weapon Systems Officer (WSO), and stationed at Korat RTAFB in Thailand. I flew 133 combat missions over North and South Vietnam, and Laos before being shot down over North Vietnam on July 5 1972. As a result of missions flown in Southeast Asia, I received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with twelve oak leaf clusters, and the Purple Heart.
I spent nine months as a POW in Hanoi North Vietnam, being released in the last group to leave Hanoi on March 29, 1973. After spending most of my first month of captivity in a solitary cell in the Hanoi Hilton, I was moved to the Camp referred to as the Zoo, and put in a cell with three other flyers. All of us were recent shot downs (all spring and summer 1972). We were kept out of contact with the senior U.S. Officers and the POW who had been held over one year. After returning to the U.S., I was assigned to Nellis AFB as a rightseater (WSO) in the F-111A. I left the Air Force at the end of February 1977, and in March of 1977, I went to work for North American Aircraft Division of Rockwell International, in Los Angeles, as a Flight Manual writer on the B-1A program. I was later made Editor of the Flight Manuals for B-1A #3 and B-1A #4.
Following the cancellation of the B-1A production, I went to work for Northrop Aircraft as a fire control and ECM systems maintenance manual writer on the F-5 program.
In October of 1978, I started my employment at Boeing in Wichita, Kansas as a Flight Manual/Weapon Delivery manual writer on the B-52 OAS/CMI (Offensive Avionics System/Cruise Missile Integration) program.
As a result of the revival of the B-1 as the B-1B by the Reagan administration, and the selection of Boeing as the contractor for the avionics integration, based on my previous B-1 experience, I was made the Lead Editor of the Flight and Weapon Delivery manuals to be written by Boeing (OSO and DSO Flight Manuals, and all aircrew weapon delivery manuals). In addition to the B-1, I have also developed the Flight Manual for the E-8A JOINT Stars aircraft, and the Flight/Weapon Delivery manuals for the Boeing N WDS (Navigation and Weapon Delivery System) which was installed in the RF-4C and F-4E. I am presently the editor for Boeing's B-52H Flight and Weapon Delivery Manuals, B-1B Offensive and Defensive System Operators' Flight Manual, B-1B Weapon Delivery Manuals, and T-43A Flight Manuals. I am also the author of six books on USAF subjects;
" The B-1B SAC's Last Bomber" " The 388th Tactical Fighter Wing at Korat RTAFB - 1972" " Northrop's T-38, A Pictorial History" " Northrop's YF-17 Cobra" " A-10 Warthog - A Pictorial History" " C-135 Series - Boeing's Stratotanker and Stratolifter"
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