DAY BY DAY
A Record of All Air Crews Lost During Operation Linebacker II:
 December 18-29, 1972
                           
"The wall goes by the date of death...starting at the outer wings and working in toward the vertex at the center.  And, of course, all the B-52 crews are right there at the end.  and, you know, as a B-52 crew member, that kind of tells you that we ended the thing. We know we did...

And I think to a man, everyone that has flown in that Linebacker, 11 day operation, and that - we're talking not just B-52s, we're talking the entire support package, you know, the Wild Weasels, the fighters the MIG CAP, the Navy, the ECM, the airborne radar, AWACS, a whole bunch of people involved in that.  I think they all felt that we ended it."
-- John Petelin

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Day 1
December 18, 1972
B-52 G "Charcoal 01"
340th BS, 97th BW, 72nd SW
Blytheville AFB, AR; Andersen AFB, Guam
POSITION
NAME
 STATUS
Pilot Lt. Col. Donald L. Rissi               KIA
 Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Robert J. Thomas  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
Radar Navigator
Major Richard E. Johnson
 POW
 Navigator Capt. Robert G. Certain
 POW
 EWO Capt. Richard T. Simpson  POW
 Gunner MSgt. Walter L. Ferguson  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
B-52 G "Peach 02"
2nd BW, 72nd SW
Barksdale AFB, LA; Andersen AFB, Guam
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS
 Pilot  Major Clifford B. Ashley
 Recovered
 Co-Pilot
 Capt. Gary L. Vickers
 Recovered
 Radar Navigator
 Major Archie C. Myers
 Recovered
 Navigator  1st Lt. Forrest E. Stegelin
 Recovered
 EWO  Capt. James T. Tramel
 Recovered
 Gunner  MSgt. Kenneth E. Conner
 Recovered
 Deputy Airborne Commander
 Lt. Col. Hendsley R. Conner
 Recovered
B-52 D "Rose 01"
99th BW, 307th SW
Westover AFB, MA; Andersen AFB, Guam

 POSITION  NAME  STATUS
 Pilot  Capt. Hal K. Wilson
 POW
 Co-Pilot  Capt. Charles A. Brown
 POW
 Radar Navigator
 Major Fernando Alexander
 POW
 Navigator  Capt. Richard Cooper  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 EWO  Capt Henry C. Barrows Find more information about this Linebacker II veteran  POW
 Gunner  TSgt. Charlie S. Poole  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
F-111A "Snug 40"
430th TFS, 474th TFW
Takhli, Thailand

POSITION  NAME  STATUS
   Lt. Col. Ronald Jack Ward  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
   Major James Richard McElvain  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
A-7C
VA-82, USN
USS America
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS
   Lt. Carl T. Wieland
 POW
DAY 2
December 19, 1972
OV - 10 A
20 TASS, 6498 ABW
Da Nang, South Vietnam
POSITION
 NAME  STATUS
 Pilot  Capt. Francis Xavier Egan  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Observer  1st Lt. Jonathan F. Patterson
 Recovered
DAY 3
December 20, 1972
B-52 G "Quilt 03"
456th BW, 72nd SW
Beale AFB, CA; Andersen AFB, Guam
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS
 Pilot  Capt. Terry M. Geloneck
 POW
 Co-Pilot  1st Lt. William Y. Arcuri
 POW
 Radar Navigator
 Capt. Warren R. Spencer  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Navigator  1st Lt. Michael R. Martini
 POW
 EWO Capt. Craig A. Paul   Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Gunner  SSgt. Roy Madden
 POW
B-52 G "Brass 02"
42nd BW, 72nd SW
Loring AFB, MA; Andersen AFB, Guam
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS
 Pilot  Capt. John D. Ellinger
 Recovered
 Co-Pilot  Capt. Lawrence A Casazza
 Recovered
 Radar Navigator
 Major Charles E. Archie
 Recovered
 Navigator  1st Lt. Robert A Clement
 Recovered
 EWO  Capt. Silverio A. Barroqueiro
 Recovered
 Gunner  TSgt. George H Schryer
 Recovered
B-52 D "Orange 03"
99th BW, 307th SW
Westover AFB, MA; Utapao, Thailand
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS
 Pilot  Major John F. Stuart  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Co-Pilot  1st Lt. Paul L. Granger
 POW
 Radar Navigator
 Major Randolph A. Perry  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Navigator  Capt. Thomas J. Klomann
 POW
 EWO  Capt. Irwin S. Lerner  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Gunner  MSgt. Arthur V. McLaughlin  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA/MIA
B-52 D "Straw 02"
306th BW, 43rd SW
March AFB, CA; Andersen AFB, Guam
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS
 Pilot  Capt. Deverl H. Johnson
 Recovered
 Co-Pilot  1st Lt. James T. Farmer
 Recovered
 Radar Navigator
 Major Frank A Gould  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  MIA
 Navigator  Capt. Vincent F. Russo
 Recovered
 EWO  Capt. Paul J. Fairbanks
 Recovered
 Gunner  TSgt. James R. Barclift
 Recovered
B-52 G "Olive 01"
92nd BW, 72nd SW
Fairchild AFB, WA; Blytheville AFB, AR; Andersen AFB, Guam
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS
 Pilot  Lt. Col. James Y. Nagahiro
 POW
 Co-Pilot  Capt. Donovan K. Walters  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Radar Navigator
 Major Edward H. Johnson  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Navigator  Capt. Lynn R. Beens
 POW
 EWO  Capt. Robert R. Lynn  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Gunner  A1C Charles J Bebus  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Deputy Airborne Commander
 Lt. Col. Keith R. Heggen  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  POW - died after capture
B-52 G "Tan 03"
97th BW, 72nd SW
Blytheville AFB, AR; Andersen AFB, Guam
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS
 Pilot  Capt. Randall J. Craddock  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Co-Pilot  Capt. George B. Lockhart  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Radar Navigator
 Major Bobby A. Kirby  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Navigator  1st Lt. Charles E. Darr  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 EWO  Capt. Ronald D. Perry  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Gunner  SSgt. James L. Lollar
 POW
A-6 A
VA-196, USN
USS Enterprise
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS

 Cdr. Gordon R. Nakagawa
 POW

 Lt. Kenneth Hill Higdon
 POW
DAY 4
December 21, 1972
B-52 D "Scarlet 03"
22nd BW, 307th SW
March AFB, CA; Utapao, Thailand
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS
 Pilot  Capt. Peter J. Giroux
 POW
 Co-Pilot  Capt. Thomas W. Bennet, Jr  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Radar Navigator
 Lt Col. Gerald W. Alley  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Navigator 1st Lt. Joe Copack, Jr   Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 EWO  Capt. Peter P. Camerota  POW
 Gunner  MSgt. Louis L. LeBlanc                POW
B-52 D "Blue 01"
7th BW, 307th SW
Carswell AFB, TX;  Utapao, Thailand
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS
 Pilot  Lt. Col. John H. Yuill
 POW
 Co-Pilot  Capt. David L. Drummond
 POW
 Radar Navigator
 Lt. Col. Louis H. Bernasconi
 POW
 Navigator  1st Lt. William T. Mayall
 POW
 EWO  Lt. Col. William W. Conlee
 POW
 Gunner  SSgt. Gary L. Morgan
 POW
A-6 A
VA-75, USN
USS Saratoga
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS

Lt. Cdr Robert Stewart Graustein  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site KIA

 Lt Cdr Barton Scott Wade  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
AC-130 A
16th SOS, 56th SOW
Ubon, Thailand
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS
   Capt. Harry Roy Lagerwall  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
   Capt. Stanley Neal Kroboth  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
   Major Paul Oswald Meder Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
   Major Francis Anthony Walsh, Jr  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
   Capt. Joel Ray Birch  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
   Capt. Thomas Trammell Hart, III  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
   Capt. Robert Leonel Liles, Jr.  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
   2nd Lt. George D. MacDonald  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
   1st Lt. Delma Ernest Dickens  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
   A1C Charles Frederick Fenter  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
   TSgt. Robert Thomas Elliott  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
   TSgt. John Quitman Winningham  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
   A1C Rollie Keith Reaid  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
   Sgt. Richard Williams
 Recovered
   Sgt. Carl E. Stevens
 Recovered
DAY 5
December 22, 1972
F-111 A "Jackal 33"
429th TFS, 474th TFW
Takhli, Thailand
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS

 Capt. Robert D. Sponeybarger
 POW

 1st Lt. William W. Wilson
 POW
DAY 6
December 23, 1972
F-4 J
VMFA-333, USMC
USS America
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS

 Lt. Col. John K Cochran
 Recovered

 Major H.S. Carr
 Recovered
EB-66 B
42nd TEWS, 388th TFS
Korat, Thailand
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS

 Major Henry James Repeta  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA

 Major George Frederick Sasser  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA

 Capt. William Robert Baldwin  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
DAY 7
December 24, 1972
A-7 D
353rd TFS, 354th TFW
Korat, Thailand
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS
Mid-air collision with Raven 01 - "Bird Dog"
 Capt. Charles Francis Riess
 POW

 Capt. Paul Vernon Jackson, III  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
A-7 E
VA-113, USN
USS Ranger
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS

 Lt. Philip Spratt Clark, Jr.  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
DAY 8
December 26, 1972
B-52 D "Ebony 02"
449th BW, 307th SW
Kincheloe AFB, MI; Seymour Johnson AFB, NC; Utapao, Thailand
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS
 Pilot  Capt. Robert J. Morris, Jr.  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Co-Pilot  1st Lt. Robert M. Hudson
 POW
 Radar Navigator
 Capt. Michael H. LaBeau
 POW
 Navigator  1st Lt. Duane P. Vavroch
 POW
 EWO  Major Nutter J. Wimbrow, III  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Gunner  TSgt. James R.Cook
 POW
B-52 D "Ash 01"
22nd BW, 307th SW
Robins AFB, GA; Westover AFB, MA; Utapao Thailand
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS
 Pilot  Capt. James M. Turner  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Co-Pilot  1st Lt. Robert J. Hymel Find more information about this Linebacker II veteran  Recovered
 Radar Navigator
 Lt. Col. Donald A Joyner  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Navigator  Major Lawrence J. Marshall  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 EWO  Capt. Roy T. Tabler  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Gunner  TSgt. Spencer L. Grippin  
 Recovered
DAY 9
December 27, 1972
B-52 D   "Cobalt 01"
7th BW, 43rd SW
Mather AFB, CA; March AFB, CA; Andersen AFB, Guam
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS
 Pilot  Capt. Frank D. Lewis
 POW
 Co-Pilot  Capt. Samuel B. Cusimano
 POW
 Radar Navigator
 Major James C. Condon
 POW
 Navigator  1st Lt. Ben L. Fryer  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 EWO  Major Allen L Johnson  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
 Gunner  MSgt. James C. Gough
 POW
B-52 D "Ash 02"
28th BW, 307th SW
Ellsworth AFB, SD; Carswell AFB, TX; Utapao, Thailand
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS
 Pilot  Capt. John Mize
 Recovered
 Co-Pilot  Capt. Terrence J. Gruters
 Recovered
 Radar Navigator
 Capt. William E. North
 Recovered
 Navigator  1st Lt. William L. Robinson
 Recovered
 EWO  Capt. Dennis W. Anderson
 Recovered
 Gunner  TSgt. Peter E. Whalen
 Recovered
F-4 E  "Desoto 03 "
13th TFS, 432nd TRW
Udorn, Thailand
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS

 Major Carl H. Jeffcoat
 POW

 1st Lt. Jack R. Trimble
 POW
HH-53  "Jolly 73 (1)
40th ARRS
Nakon Phanom, Thailand
 AC  Rick Shapiro  Recovered
 Co-Pilot  Miguel Pierra
 Recovered
 Flight Engineer  Chuck Rouhier  Recovered
 PJ  John Carlson  Recovered
 PJ Robert Jones  Recovered
 Photographer  Jim Cockerill  Recovered
F-4E  "Vega 02"
Udorn AB, Thailand
   Capt John Wesley Anderson  POW

 1st Lt Brian Ward  POW
A-6 A
VMA (AW)-533, MAG-15, USMC
Nam Phong, Thailand

 POSITION  NAME  STATUS

 Capt. Ralph Jim Chipman  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA

 1st Lt. Ronald Wayne Forrester  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
DAY 10
December 28, 1972
RA-5C
RVAH-13, USN
USS Enterprise
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS

 Lt. Cdr Alfred Howard Agnew
 POW

 Lt. Michael Firestone Haifley  Find this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web siteFind this Linebacker II veteran's profile at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site  KIA
DAY 11
December 29, 1972
EA-6 A
VMCJ-2, USMC
NAS Cubi Point, Phillippines
 POSITION  NAME  STATUS

 Capt. Hal L. Baker
 Recovered
 Co-Pilot  MSgt. Frederick E. Killebres
 Recovered

You'll walk unscathed through musket fire,
No ploughman's blade will cut thee down,
No cutless wound will mark thy face
And you will be my ain true love,
And you will be my ain true love

And as you walk through death's dark veil,

The cannon's thunder can't prevail,
And those who hunt thee down will fail,
And you will be my ain true love,
And you will be my ain true love.

Asleep inside the cannon's mouth,

The captain cries, "Here comes the rout,"
They'll seek to find me north and south,
I've gone to find my ain true love.

The field is cut and bleeds to red.

The cannon balls fly round my head,
The infirmary man may count me dead,
When I've gone to find my ain true love,
I've gone to find my ain true love

"You Will Be My Ain True Love"
~Allison Krauss, Sting
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