Name: Karl Edward Worst
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3
Date of Birth: 29 October 1937
Home City of Record: FORT  SMITH AR
Date of Loss: 02 March 1966
Country of Loss: LAOS
Loss Coordinates: 171759 North  1055500 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: O1E
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0261

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:

LA: Detailed Report of Investigation Associated with REFNO 0261. Letter of
Transmittal and Narrative Included
Country: LA

Name: Karl E. Worst

Subjects: Khammouan Province; Aircraft downed

Reel: 353

Page: 64-69

Type of Document: Message

Date of Report: 93 06 03

Date of Information: 66 03 02

Document Number: 030418ZJun93

Originator: Amembassy Vientiane

Category: Misc PW Files

Laos: Narrative - JCRC Biographic/Site Reports
Country: Laos

Name: Karl E. Worst

Subjects: Crash site; Ban Ka-L Area; Ban Chalou Area; Nam Xe Nua Area;
Kammouan Province; Killed

Comments: Document includes brief summary sheet with information as of 17
May 1966. Biographic/Site Reports are dated Mar. 7, 1986 and Oct. 5, 1990.
PFOD status assigned 13 July 1966

Reel: 132

Page: 1-6

Type of Document: Miscellaneous

Date of Report: 00 00 00

Date of Information: 66 03 02

Originator: JCRC, Barbers Pt.

Category: Casualty files






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Captain Karl Edward Worst, who joined the U.S. Air Force from Arkansas, served with the 22nd Tactical Air Support Squadron. On March 2, 1966, he was the pilot of an O-1F Bird Dog (tail number 57-2902) on a forward air controller (FAC) mission over Laos when a midair collision occurred between the Bird Dog and an F-105 Thunderchief. The Bird Dog was destroyed and crashed in the vicinity of (GC) WE 974 128. The F-105's pilot ejected and was recovered by search and rescue personnel, but the search and rescue personnel found no signs of Capt Worst and he remains unaccounted-for. Today, Captain Worst is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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