SADLER, MITCHELL OLEN JR.
Name: Mitchell Olen Sadler Jr.
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3
Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing
Date of Birth: 20 October 1943
Home City of Record: OCEANSIDE CA
Date of Loss: 30 June 70
Country of Loss: LAOS
Loss Coordinates: 193715 North 1033409 East
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Other Personnel in Incident: Gordon Hill, MIA
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
No further information available at this time.
MAJ MITCHELL OLEN SADLER JR.
On June 30, 1970, an F-4E Phantom II (tail number 67-0279, call
sign "Tiger 01") with two crew members took off on a Forward Air
Controller (FAC) mission over central Laos. During the mission,
"Tiger 01" refueled with a tanker and returned to its assigned
area to conduct weather reconnaissance over existing road and
trail networks. Approximately one hour later, the captain of
"Tiger 01" radioed that he was leaving the area to return to the
tanker and refuel, but was not heard from again. "Tiger 01"
never rendezvoused with the tanker, and further attempts to
contact the aircraft's crew were unsuccessful. Electronic and
aerial search efforts were unable to locate the aircraft or its
Captain Mitchell Olen Sadler Jr. entered the U.S. Air Force from
California and was a member of the 469th Tactical Fighter
Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing. He was the pilot of this
Phantom when it went missing, and remains unaccounted for.
Subsequent to the incident, the U.S. Air Force posthumously
promoted Captain Sadler to the rank of Major (Maj). Today, Major
Sadler is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
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