Name: Mitchell Olen Sadler Jr.
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3
Unit:  469th 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
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground:F4E #0279
Other Personnel in Incident: Gordon Hill, MIA
Refno: 1642

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



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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 crew. 

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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