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
Category: 2
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C

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
baby son.

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.





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On December 20, 1965, an F-4C Phantom II (tail number 64-0678) with two crew members was one of four fighter aircraft participating in a MiG screen mission over enemy territory. As the flight entered the patrol area, other air crews on the mission reported receiving heavy anti-aircraft fire. The Phantom II was seen to take a direct hit on its underside, which caused it to catch fire and crash. Heavy enemy presence surrounding the crash site prevented immediate search and rescue efforts. It was later learned that the aircraft commander aboard the Phantom managed to eject from the aircraft before it went down. He was captured by enemy forces and eventually returned to U.S. custody. The pilot of the Phantom was not located following the incident, and he is still unaccounted-for.

First Lieutenant George Ivison Mims entered the U.S. Air Force from South Carolina and served in the 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron. He was the pilot of this Phantom when it was shot down, and was lost along with the aircraft. Following his release, the aircraft commander reported that after the plane had been hit and he initiated the ejection sequence, he saw no sign of 1st Lt Mims. He also reported that he did not hear anything regarding 1st Lt Mims during his time in captivity. All efforts to locate 1st Lt Mims or his remains following the war have been unsuccessful. After the incident, the Air Force promoted 1st Lt Mims to the rank of Captain (Capt). Today, Captain Mims is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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