LEWIS. JAMES W. Remains ID announced 07/2005
Name: James W. Lewis Rank/Branch: USAF, 03 Unit: Date of Birth: 24 July 28 Home City of Record: Marshall, TX Date of Loss: 07 April 65 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates: 193500N 1034700E Status (in 1973): Missing in Action Category: 3 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: B-57B
Remarks: Last seen on dive thru thin clouds
Other Personnel In Incident: Arthur D. Baker
Source: Compiled by THE P.O.W. NETWORK 02 February 93 from the following published sources - POW/MIA's -- Report of the Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs United States Senate -- January 13, 1993. "The Senate Select Committee staff has prepared case summaries for the priority cases that the Administration is now investigating. These provide the facts about each case, describe the circumstances under which the individual was lost, and detail the information learned since the date of loss. Information in the case summaries is limited to information from casualty files, does not include any judgments by Committee staff, and attempts to relate essential facts. The Committee acknowledges that POW/MIAs' primary next-of- kin know their family members' cases in more comprehensive detail than summarized here and recognizes the limitations that the report format imposes on these summaries."
On April 7, 1965, Baker and James were crewmen on a B-57B, one in a flight of four aircraft on an interdiction mission launched from Bien Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam and with its target in Xieng Khouang Province, Laos. The crew was last seen descending through thin overcast toward the target area and it never reappeared. Extensive search and rescue efforts through April 12th failed to locate either the aircraft or its crew.
On April 14, 1965, the New China News Agency reported the shoot down of a B-57 approximately three miles north-northeast of the town of Khang Khay. This was described as the first B-57 shoot down of an aircraft launched from South Vietnam.
Both crewmen were initially reported missing in action in South Vietnam while on a classified mission. Their loss location was later changed to Laos. There was limited wartime reporting about U.S. aircraft losses in the general area the crewmen were last reported but they could not be correlated to this specific incident. U.S. intelligence continues to receive information which may correlate to this shoot down but provides no positive information on the fate of the crewmen.
In January 1974 Major Baker's next-of-kin requested his case review go forward and he was declared killed in action, body not recovered, in January 1974. Lewis was declared dead/body not recovered, in April 1982. Returning POWs were unable to provide any information on the fate of these two servicemen.
NATIONAL LEAGUE OF FAMILIES OF AMERICAN PRISONERS AND MISSING IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
NEWSLETTER July 20, 2005
ACCOUNTING RESULTS: There are now 1,827 Americans listed by the Defense Department as missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War - 1,393 in Vietnam, 372 in Laos, 55 in Cambodia and 7 in PRC territorial waters. Over 90% of all 1,827 Americans still missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War were lost in Vietnam or in areas controlled by them. The following US personnel have been acknowledged as accounted for since the March, 2005 League Newsletter, and the League extends best wishes to each family in sincere hope that the end of uncertainty brings long-sought peace of mind.
Lieutenant Colonel Lee A. Adams, USAF, MIA 4/19/66, NVN, RR 10/6/93 Colonel Arthur D. Baker, USAF, MIA 4/7/65, LA, RR 2/24/03 Sergeant 1st Class Michael L. Batt, USA, MIA 3/16/69, SVN, RR 4/7/88 Sergeant 1st Class Raymond E. Bobe, USA, MIA/BNR 3/16/69, SVN, RR 4/7/88 Lieutenant Colonel Marvin L. Foster, USAR, MIA 3/16/69, SVN, RR 4/7/88 Colonel Gregg Hartness, USAF, MIA 11/26/68, LA, RR 2/16/05 Lieutenant Colonel Darel D. Leetun, USAF, MIA 9/17/66, NVN, RR 4/12/95 Colonel James W. Lewis, USAF, MIA 4/7/65, LA, RR 2/24/03 Lieutenant Colonel David R. Smith, USAR, MIA 3/16/69, SVN, RR 4/7/88