MIMS, GEORGE IVISON JR.
Name: George Ivison Mims, Jr.
Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force
Unit: 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Ubon AF TH
Date of Birth: 17 May 1940
Home City of Record: Manning SC
Date of Loss: 20 December 1965
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 212500N 1063700E
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Other Personnel In Incident: Robert D. Jeffrey (POW released 1973)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 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. NETWORK 2020.
SYNOPSIS: 1Lt. George I. Mims was the weapons systems operator of an F4C
Phantom jet which was one of four F4Cs flying "MIG cover" for F105's bombing
a bridge on the northeast railroad out of Hanoi into China. Capt. Robert D.
"Bob" Jeffrey was his pilot on the mission.
During the flight, Jeffrey's aircraft took what appeared to be a direct hit and
other flight members felt sure that there was no chance of survival for
either. Only small pieces of the airplane were seen to emerge from the
fireball. George Mims had been married only a month, and Bob Jeffrey had a
When 591 Americans were released from Vietnam in 1973, George Mims was not
among them, but his backseater, Bob Jeffrey was. No substantial information
has surfaced on Mims since his plane went down. The Vietnamese deny any
knowledge of his fate.
Since the war's end, the U.S. Government has received thousands of reports
of Americans still in captivity in Southeast Asia. This large volume of
evidence suggests that hundreds are still being held.
Henry Kissinger predicted, in the 50's, that future "limited political
engagements" would result, unfortunately, in non-recoverable prisoners of
war. This prediction has been fulfilled in Korea and Vietnam, where
thousands of men and women remain missing, and where ample evidence exists
that many of them (from BOTH wars) are still alive today. The U.S.
Government seems unable (or unwilling) to negotiate their freedom. The
"unfortunate" abandonment of military personnel is not acceptable, and the
policy that allows it must be changed before another generation is left
behind in some faraway war.
George I. Mims, Jr. was promoted to the rank of Captain during the period he
was maintained missing.