NEELD, BOBBY GENE Name: Bobby Gene Neeld Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force Unit: 188th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Tuy Hoa AB, South Vietnam Date of Birth: 08 October 1928 Home City of Record: Albuquerque NM Date of Loss: 04 January 1969 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 120100N 1090200E (BP860291) Status (in 1973): Missing in Action Category: 4 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F100C Refno: 1354 Other Personnel in Incident: Mitchell S. Lane (missing from another F100) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 with the assistance of 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 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: The F100 Super Sabre, sometimes affectionately called "Hun" or "Lead Sled" first saw action in Southeast Asia in May 1962 when several were sent to Thailand from the 13th Air Force in response to communist incursions into northwest Laos. F100 operations in Vietnam began in 1965, and took part in Operation Flaming Dart and Rolling Thunder attacks against North Vietnam and later in Wild Weasel and Iron Hand anti-SAM operations. The F100 featured ground directed bombing capability for night and bad weather, high-tech weapon firing systems, accurate target-marking systems. The only F100C's to serve in South Vietnam arrived in the spring of 1968 and remained about a year. The aircraft belonged to the U.S. Air National Guard squadrons mobilized as a result of North Korea's capture of the American intelligence ship Pueblo. The F100's, with the exception of some of the F models, were all single-seat aircraft. On January 4, 1969, two F100C aircraft departed Tuy Hoa on a combat mission, presumably over North Vietnam. Capt. Mitchell S. Lane was the pilot of one of the aircraft and Major Bobby G. Neeld the pilot of the other. The two had completed the combat portion of the mission and were diverted from the intended recovery base due to weather conditions. Neither aircraft returned to friendly control, and were last known to be about 10 miles northwest of Cam Ranh. Both men were declared Missing in Action. When the last American troops left Southeast Asia in 1975, some 2500 Americans were unaccounted for. Reports received by the U.S. Government since that time build a strong case for belief that hundreds of these "unaccounted for" Americans are still alive and in captivity. "Unaccounted for" is a term that should apply to numbers, not men. We do not know if Lane and Neeld are alive or dead, but it seems certain that some are alive. As long as even one American remains captive, we as a nation owe these men our best effort to find them and bring them home. Until the fates of men like Lane and Neeld are known, their families will wonder if they are dead or alive - and why they were deserted.