CHARLES D AUSTIN
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HONORED ON PANEL 18E, LINE 89 OF THE WALL

CHARLES DAVID AUSTIN

WALL NAME

CHARLES D AUSTIN

PANEL / LINE

18E/89

DATE OF BIRTH

02/27/1942

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/24/1967

HOME OF RECORD

NEW CANAAN

COUNTY OF RECORD

Fairfield County

STATE

CT

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

MAJ

STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CHARLES DAVID AUSTIN
POSTED ON 4.24.2019
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 1.9.2019
POSTED BY: Lisa

Found your Pow/Mia Bracelet i wore in college

For many years, I looked for the bracelet i wore all through college from '72-75. Just found today. I had always hoped they would find his remains. Sad to know Captain Austin is still missing. I hope his family and descendants will someday have closure.
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POSTED ON 8.10.2018

Thank you to Captain/Major Austin & His Family for Your Service!

I wore your bracelet for several years. I hope your remains will be found to bring closure to your family. I will be turning 64 this year.
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POSTED ON 3.2.2018
POSTED BY: Dean Carter (Son of a now deceased USAF Vietnam Veteran, Sgt. Lonnie S. Carter, 1968-72)

Brave Pilot MIA/KIA

REMARKS: SURVIVAL UNLIKELY

SYNOPSIS: Charles Austin was lucky. All his life, according to his sister, Judy, he always managed to get out of tough situations. "He was like Houdini", she said.

On April 24, 1967, Charles Austin's luck ran out. On that day, Austin was serving as bombardier/navigator onboard Maj. Herman L. Knapp's F4C Phantom
fighter/bomber.

The aircraft was the lead in a flight of four dispatched
from Ubon Airfield, Thailand on a strike mission over Vietnam. The strike was on a five-span bridge four miles north of the center of Hanoi.

The raid's purpose was to sever North Vietnam's rail links with Communist China. An electrical transformer station seven miles north of Hanoi was also attacked.

During the strike, Knapp and Austin's aircraft was struck by a flak burst, disintegrated, and two large pieces of flaming wreckage were seen to strike
the gound in a fireball. No parachutes were seen and no beepers were heard. Nevertheless, it was apparently believed that Knapp and Austin may have
exited the aircraft, as both men were classified Missing in Action, rather than Killed in Action, Body Not Recovered.

Eleven years later, based on no information to indicate the two were alive, they were administratively declared dead.

INFO: http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/a/a029.htm
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POSTED ON 3.2.2018
POSTED BY: Dean Carter (Son of a now deceased USAF Vietnam Veteran, Sgt. Lonnie S. Carter, 1968-72)

Brave Pilot and MIA

On April 24, 1967, Maj. Austin was the bombardier/navigator of a McDonnell Douglas Phantom II Fighter (F-4C) on a strike mission on a five span bridge 4 miles north of the middle of Hanoi, North Vietnam. During the strike his aircraft was hit by flak, disintegrated and crashed.

His remains were never recovered.

His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. Major Austin was living in New Canaan, CT when he entered and service and was a member of the 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Ubon Airfield, Thailand.

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