|Birth: ||Nov. 25, 1925|
St. Joseph County
|Death: ||Feb. 14, 1966, Laos|
In Memory of Maj. John Russell Hills.
*** Major Hills was a member of the 1st Air Commando Squadron, Pleiku Airbase, South Vietnam. On February 14, 1966, he was the pilot of a Douglas Skyraider Attack Aircraft (A1-E) on an armed reconnaissance 22 miles west-south west of the Laotian/Vietnamese border in Saravane Province, Laos. His aircraft was hit during his third pass against an enemy target, his aircraft was struck by enemy fire, crashed into a hill and exploded. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you! ***
JOHN RUSSELL HILLS - Air Force - MAJ - O4
Date of Birth Nov 25, 1925
From: SOUTH BEND, IN
Marital Status: Married
*****Steven Marcks - Nephew
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 USA
God Bless Uncle Russ!
Length of service 18 years
His tour began on Feb 14, 1966
Casualty was on Feb 14, 1966
In LZ, LAOS
HOSTILE, FIXED WING - PILOT
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Unit: 1st Air Commando Squadron
2nd Air Division
Pleiku Airbase, South Vietnam
Body was not recovered
Panel 05E - Line 34
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)
Major John R. Hills was the pilot of an A1E aircraft on an operational mission in Laos when his aircraft crashed into the top of a hill in Saravane Province about 5 miles northeast of the city of Chavane.
On 14 February 1966, Major John R. Hills, pilot, departed Pleiku Airbase, South Vietnam in a flight conducting an armed reconnaissance mission over Laos.
As Major Hills made his third attack pass against an enemy target, his aircraft was seen to crash into the top of a hill and explode upon impact. Because another aircraft attacking the same target an hour earlier was hit in the engine by ground fire, it was believed that John Hills' Spad was struck by the enemy gun from the same emplacement that crippled the first aircraft.
An aerial search operation immediately examined the crash site for any signs of the downed pilot, but found none. Likewise, the heavy enemy presence in the area prevented a ground search in and around the Spad's wreckage.
Because it was believed there was virtually no chance the pilot ejected his damaged aircraft prior to the crash, John Hills was immediately listed Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered.
Note: Looking for location of his Memorial Headstone.
Plot: Court A
GPS (lat/lon): 21.31323, -157.84734
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Oct 29, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60807429