WELLONS, PHILLIP ROGERSON

Name: Phillip Rogerson Wellons
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O4
Unit:
Date of Birth: 19 February 1932
Home City of Record: RALEIGH NC
Date of Loss: 17 August 1970
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 155938 North  1080146 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4E
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident: pilot apparently rescued
Refno:

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

REMARKS:

CACCF/CRASH/AIRCREW/QUANG NAM

No further information available at this time.

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Library of Congress Files:

RVN: BIOGRAPHIC/SITE REPORTS, SEPTEMBER 1993/ Bio/Site Report for REFNO 1658
Country: RVN

Name: Phillip R. Wellons

Subjects: Aircraft downed; Killed; Quang Nam-Da Nang Province

Reel: 361

Page: 144-146

Type of Document: Automated Data Extract

Date of Report: 93 09 14

Date of Information: 70 08 17

Originator: JTF-FA

Category: Misc PW Files

RVN: Field Investigation Report of Case 1658 (Wellons)
Country: RVN

Subjects: Crash site; O'Rang Hamlet; Quang Nam - Da Nang Province

Reel: 356

Page: 11-15

Type of Document: Message

Date of Report: 92 06 01

Date of Information: 70 00 00

Document Number: 010808ZJUN92

Originator: JTFFA DET ONE LNB

Category: Misc PW Files

South Vietnam, pre-1975: 14TH ITERATION 17 JUL-12 AUG 91: SUMMARY
Country: South Vietnam, pre-1975

Name: PHILLIP R. WELLONS

Subjects: PW Camp; Crash site; Aircraft downed; Remains; Grave site;
Personal effects; Died captive; CC

Reel: 201

Page: 39-61

Type of Document: Message

Date of Report: 91 08 13

Date of Information: 00 00 00

Document Number: 130736ZAUG91

Originator: JCRC BANGKOK

Category: Casualty files

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On August 17, 1970, an F-4E Phantom II (tail number 430847, call sign "Gunfighter 25") with two crew members took off on a two-ship combat mission over Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam. On target approach, the two aircraft collided and crashed. A Forward Air Controller (FAC) observed the burning wreckage of the two aircraft on a mountainside in the vicinity of (GC) AT 822 702. The FAC saw no parachutes and detected no rescue beepers or voice radio communications near the crash site. On August 18, a reconnaissance team was inserted at the crash site and reported that both aircraft had disintegrated with only the engines and one tail section identifiable. The search team recovered the fragmented remains of what they believed were two of the four aviators.  Upon further examination at the Da Nang mortuary, however, mortuary personnel determined that the recovered remains accounted for three of the four aviators.  Only one aviator's remains were not located and are still unaccounted for.

Major Phillip Rogerson Wellons entered the U.S. Air Force from North Carolina and was a member of the 4th Tactical Fighter Squadron. He was the navigator aboard this F-4E when it crashed, and his remains were not recovered. He remains unaccounted for. Today, Major Wellons is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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