Name: Charles David Lindbloom
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/E6
Date of Birth: 05 January 1943
Home City of Record: ATLANTA GA
Date of Loss: 20 August 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 160959 North  1085558East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: GROUND
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 1257

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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On August 20, 1968, an RA-3B Skywarrior (bureau number 142668, call sign "Quiz Show 911") with a crew of three and one observer embarked on an operational mission. Seven minutes after take-off, the pilot executed an unusual steep left hand turn, and the aircraft appeared to go out of control. The navigator attempted to communicate with the pilot but got no response. He then decided to eject from the aircraft. The other crew member and the observer, seeing the navigator eject, also ejected and parachuted into the water at (GC) 49P BT 790 695. The pilot then regained control of the aircraft. Search and rescue crews located the navigator and the observer and recovered them, but were unable to locate the photographer's mate.

Photographer's Mate Second Class (PH2) Charles David Lindbloom, who joined the U.S. Navy from Georgia, served with the Heavy Photographic Squadron 62 (VAP 62). He was a crew member aboard the Skywarrior when it went out of control, and he was not recovered from the water. His remains have not been found. Subsequent to the incident, the U.S. Navy posthumously promoted PH2 Lindbloom to the rank of Photographer's Mate First Class (PH1). Today, PH1 Lindbloom 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 Non-recoverable.

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