Name: George Edward Tyler
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O4
Date of Birth: 31 January 1930
Home City of Record: ROYAL OAK MI
Date of Loss: 24 October 1968
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 0 0
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4D
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



No further information available at this time.


Library of Congress files:

VM: Biographic/Site Report Update
Country: VM


Subjects: Crash site; BNR

Reel: 370

Page: 63-85

Type of Document: Automated Data Extract

Date of Report: 93 10 18

Date of Information: 68 10 24

Originator: JTF-FA

Category: JTFFA Files

post-1975 Vietnam: JCRC RPT T87-048, Remains and dog tags of Tyler, George E
and Small, William
Country: post-1975 Vietnam

Name: George E. Tyler

Subjects: Grave site; Dog tag

Comments: JCRC report evaluation msg dtg 232102ZFeb87; biographic/site
report; action record; and source data sheets enclosed

Reel: 121

Source Number: 5973

Page: 1-10

Type of Document: Message

Date of Report: 87 02 18

Date of Information: 00 00 00

Document Number: 180905ZFEB87

Originator: JCRC Liaison Bangkok

Category: Source Reports

Name: George E. Tyler

Subjects: Remains

Reel: 336

Page: 56

Type of Document: Message

Date of Report: 87 02 20

Date of Information: 00 00 00

Document Number: 200820ZFEB87

Originator: JCRC Bangkok

Category: JCRC Archival Files





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On October 24, 1968, an F-4D Phantom II (tail number 66-0264) with a crew of two took part in a three-plane nighttime armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. Enemy ground fire struck the plane as it passed over the target area, causing it to crash. The Phantom’s rear-seat pilot parachuted from the aircraft before it went down, and was retrieved by search and rescue (SAR) units. The aircraft commander was never seen to bail out of the plane, and is thought to have died in the crash.

Major George Edward Tyler, who joined the U.S. Air Force from Michigan, was a member of the 390th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing. He was the aircraft commander aboard the F-4D when it went down. He was unable to bail out and was lost with the aircraft. He was not seen or heard from again following the incident, and attempts to locate his remains were unsuccessful. He was promoted to Colonel after his disappearance.  Today, Colonel Tyler is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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