MCPHERSON, FRED LAMAR
Name: Fred Lamar McPherson
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O4
Fighter Squadron, 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing
Date of Birth: 11 February 1929
Home City of Record: OAKLAND CA
Date of Loss: 28 January 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 105800 North 1061547 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Other Personnel in Incident:
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
CACCF/CRASH/PILOT/16 YRS USAF/MR3
HAU NGHAI/35 MILES WNW OF SAIGON
No further information available at this time.
Major Fred Lamar McPherson entered the U.S. Air Force from
California and was a member of the 602nd Fighter Squadron, 3rd
Tactical Fighter Wing. On January 28, 1966, he was the pilot of
a single-seat A1-E Skyraider (tail number 52-132412) that was
the lead in a flight of two fighters out of Nakhon Phanom Royal
Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, on a strafing mission to targets
at Hau Nghia, South Vietnam. Once at the target area, Maj
McPherson attacked his targets, and while making a fourth
strafing pass, he crashed in the vicinity of (GC) XT 390 132.
Intense small arms enemy fire hampered search and recovery
efforts, and Maj McPherson was lost with the aircraft. Later
search efforts were unsuccessful in locating the aircraft
wreckage or Maj McPherson's remains. Today, Major McPherson is
memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National
Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
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