JOHN F STUART
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 97 OF THE WALL

JOHN FRANKLIN STUART

WALL NAME

JOHN F STUART

PANEL / LINE

1W/97

DATE OF BIRTH

07/26/1933

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/20/1972

HOME OF RECORD

INDIANAPOLIS

STATE

IN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

LTC

STATUS

MIA

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN FRANKLIN STUART
POSTED ON 7.21.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never Forgotten

On the remembrance of your 88th birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

POW-MIA...Never Forget

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 12.28.2020

Operation Linebacker II - December 18-29, 1972

Operation Linebacker II was a U.S. 7th Air Force and U.S. Navy Task Force 77 aerial bombing campaign, conducted against targets in North Vietnam during the final period of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. The operation took place December 18-29, 1972, leading to several informal names such as "The December Raids" and "The Christmas Bombings." Linebacker II was a "maximum effort" bombing campaign to destroy major target complexes in the Hanoi and Haiphong areas, which could only be accomplished by B-52s. It saw the largest heavy bomber strikes launched by the U.S. Air Force since the end of World War II. During Operation Linebacker II, a total of 741 B-52 sorties were dispatched to bomb North Vietnam; 729 completed their missions. B-52s dropped a total of 15,237 tons of ordnance on eighteen industrial and fourteen military targets, including eight surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites, while fighter-bombers added another 5,000 tons of bombs to the tally. Another 212 B-52 missions were flown within South Vietnam in support of ground operations during the campaign. North Vietnamese forces fired about 1,240 SAMs. The Air Force lost 15 B-52 bombers, which amounted to a loss rate of less than two percent. Ten B-52s were shot down over the North and five others were damaged and crashed in Laos or Thailand. Thirty-three B-52 crew members were killed or missing in action, another thirty-three became prisoners of war, and twenty-six more were rescued. The lost B-52 crewmen included SMSGT Walter L. Ferguson, LTC Donald L. Rissi, CAPT Robert J. Thomas, MAJ Richard W. Cooper Jr., CMSGT Charlie S. Poole, MAJ Irwin S. Lerner, CMSGT Arthur V. McLaughlin Jr., LTC Randolph A. Perry Jr., LTC John F. Stuart, CAPT Craig A. Paul, MAJ Warren R. Spencer, MSGT Charles J. Bebus, COL Keith R. Heggen, COL Edward H. Johnson, MAJ Robert R. Lynn, CAPT Donavan K. Walters, CAPT Randall J. Craddock, MAJ Charles E. Darr, COL Bobby A. Kirby, CAPT George B. Lockhart, CAPT Ronald D. Perry, COL Frank A. Gould, COL Gerald W. Alley, MAJ Thomas W. Bennett Jr., CAPT Joseph B. Copack Jr., CAPT Robert J. Morris Jr., MAJ Nutter J. Wimbrow III, LTC Donald A. Joyner, MAJ Lawrence J. Marshall, CAPT Roy T. Tabler, CAPT James M. Turner, 1LT Bennie L. Fryer, and LTC Allen L. Johnson. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, wikipedia.org, and airforcemag.com]
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POSTED ON 7.22.2020
POSTED BY: ANON

Never forgotten

USAF LTC John Franklin Stuart has a Memory Stone in Memorial Section, MI-20, of the Arlington National Cemetery.

It was placed there on July 26, 2019.

As of this posting, his remains have not been recovered.
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POSTED ON 11.29.2015
POSTED BY: Peter Coughlan

B-52 Mentor

I was stationed at the 99 Bomb Wing (BW), Westover AFB, MA from 30 Mar 1969 to 20 Oct 1973. Upon return from my first overseas combat tour in SEA, I was switched to another “Senior” 99th BW bomber crew (E-49), commanded by Maj. John Stuart. I flew two training missions with this crew before deploying for my second Arc Light combat tour in mid-august 1970.

Crew E-49
Maj John F. Stuart (P), 314-30-3116
1Lt Peter Coughlan (CP), 127-32-2324
Capt Eugene L. Leger (RN), 015-30-6333
Capt Robert B. Banford (N), 081-32-7884
1Lt Loren A. Pancoast (EW), 553-60-2807
MSgt Ronald E. Tracy (G), 561-40-6908

While assigned TDY (14 Aug-14 Oct 1970), we flew 22 combat missions together from Utapao, Thailand. During this tour, I learned more about the B-52, its mission and capabilities from Maj. John Stuart, than from any of my previous aircraft commanders. Unfortunately, he would later lose his life during a Linebacker II mission over Hanoi in December 1972. His B52 was one of many involved in the successful "Christmas Bombings" of Hanoi that finally convinced the Vietnamese to sit at the peace table.

In 1973, I returned for my fourth SEA tour as Aircraft Commander of my own crew. To this day, I visit the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC every year and pause for a moment of reflection at Panel 01W, Line 097. I will be forever grateful for his tutelage.
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POSTED ON 10.31.2014

Final Mission of MAJ John F. Stuart

MAJ John F. Stuart was aboard a B-52 shot down by a Surface to Air (SAM) missile over Hanoi on December 20, 1972. His B-52 was one of many involved in the successful "Christmas Bombings" of Hanoi that finally convinced the Vietnamese to sit at the peace table. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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