Name: Arthur Leonard Warren
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3
Date of Birth: 20 April 1936
Home City of Record: TOLEDO OH
Date of Loss: 05 December 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 0 0
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RF101
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0541

Official pre-capture (MIA) photo

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. 2018




                        PROJECT X

                        SUMMARY SELECTION RATIONALE

NAME: WARREN, Arthur L., Capt., USAF



RATIONALE FOR SELECTION: Capt. Warren was observed to eject successfully.
He was in radio contact with aircraft for approximately two hours after
ejecting and indicated that he was in relatively good condition, although
he was receiving ground fire. No subsequent reports have been received
which would indicate Capt. Warren was captured or dead.

REFNO: 0541 20 Apr 76


1. On 5 December 1966, Capt. Arthur L. Warren was flying the lead RF101,
(#56-0165), in a flight of two aircraft on a photographic reconnaissance
mission over North Vietnam. Capt. [blank] pilot of the second RF101, stated
that the flight aborted their mission just short of the target due to a low
ceiling (poor weather conditions) in the area.

2. During their return flight Capt. Warren experienced heading indicator
(navigation instrument) trouble and told Capt. [blank] to take the lead.
While flying at 500 feet, Capt. Warren reported ground fire and both
aircraft initiated a climb. Capt. Warren called that he was hit, Then Capt.
[blank] saw Capt. Warren's aircraft on fire and told him to shut down his
engine, but received no reply, Capt. [blank] then went to guard frequency
and told Capt Warren to bail out. Again he received no reply, but observed
a good ejection and saw a good parachute. He also heard a good beeper
signal. The aircraft impacted in the vicinity of grid coordinates (GC) VJ
759 976. Capt. [blank] alerted rescue personnel, give Capt Warren's
location, and returned to base.

3. Capt. [blank], pilot of another RF101 who was diverted to the area,
established voice contact with Capt Warren in the vicinity of (GC) VK 775
012. Capt. Warren reported he was in good condition but was receiving
extensive ground fire. Two hours later communication was lost with Capt.
Warren (20 minutes prior to the arrival of the SAR Team) and was never
regained. Extraction could not be attempted due to the intense ground fire
in the area. Capt. Warren was never seen on the around by either Capt. or
the SAR team. (Ref 1)

4. During the existence of JCRC, the hostile threat in the area precluded
any visits to or ground inspections of the sites involved in this case.
Capt Warren is currently carried in the status of Missing.


1. RPT (U), 432CSG, AF Form 484 W/statement, 4 Jan 67.

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Captain Warren was married and had two sons, Mark and Brett.

No further information available at this time.