|Birth: ||Sep. 21, 1943|
|Death: ||Mar. 26, 1970, Laos|
In Memory of ..... Maj. Henry Lewis Allen.
*** Henry Lewis Allen, Captain - Unit: 56th Special Operations Wing - Serial Number: 266603546
Notes: Captain Allen was a member of the 56th Special Operations Wing. On March 26, 1970, he was the pilot of a Cessna Bird Dog Observation Aircraft (O-1) on an operational mission 20 northeast of Vientiane, Laos. Contact was lost with the aircraft. 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!
HENRY LEWIS ALLEN - Air Force - MAJ - O4
Date of Birth Sept 21, 1943
Birth Date: 21 September 1943
Social Security Number: 266-60-3546
From: DAYTONA BEACH, FL
Marital Status: Single - Parents: Father, Marcus Woodrow Allen, Born Oct. 21, 1913 and Died Dec. 5, 1988 and Mother, Mary Dane Jolly Allen, Born Sept. 12, 1925 and Died May 29, 1993, Divorced March 8, 1973 in Volusia, Florida. Brother, Marcus Terry Allen, Born Dec. 25, 1948,
***** I remember when Henry was reported missing. His mother, father and brother took it hard. They were so proud of him. For many years the U.S. govt. kept giving them hope Henry might still be alive. Uncle Marcus died around 18 years later still clinging to this hope I believe. His brother Terry loved and admired Henry very much. I've never seen Terry without that MIA bracelet.
Jimmy Allen, first cousin
***** We went to Vietnam together, to Thailand together and we went to Laos together. We flew together as Nails and as Ravens. Hank was a good pilot, a good officer, and a good friend. I remember the day he went down and searched for days.
He is missed,
His tour began on Mar 26, 1970
Casualty was on Jul 6, 1978
Henry L Allen, "United States Social Security Death Index"
Event Date: 6 July 1978 - Age: 35
In LZ, LAOS
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - PILOT
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was not recovered
Panel 12W - Line 44
Other Personnel in Incident: Richard G. Elzinga (missing)
The post at Long Tieng had been under seige, and it became necessary for Ravens to live in Vietntiane in new quarters nicknamed Silver City, but they continued to stage out of Long Tieng. "They called the daily flight there and back...the 'commute.'
"Hank Allen, an exceptional pilot with eyes like a hawk, took off with Dick Elzinga in the front seat of his O-1.
Allen was 'short', soon to return home after a tour in which he had notched up four hundred combat missions, and he
planned to return directly to the States and marry his fiancee within a fortnight.
Elzinga had only just arrived in Laos, and it was his first trip up to the secret city. Allen intended to use the 'commute' as a checkout ride.
It was a cloudy day. He took off and reported over the radio...that the O-1 was airborne. It was the last thing ever heard from them.
Neither of the pilots, nor the plane, was ever seen again.
"They had disappeared. Each of the Ravens spent at least two hours, on top of their usual day's flying, searching for the wreckage. No Mayday call had been heard, nor had a beeper signal been picked up from the survival radio, and no clue to the airplane's whereabouts was discovered.
The disappearance was a complete mystery."
The official point of loss was noted as 20 miles northeast of Vientiane, Laos.
Both men were classified Missing in Action.
Three years later, on March 10, 1973, a Pathet Lao agent was captured carrying three of Elzinga's traveler's checks and money of three countries.
Elzinga had not been in Vientiane long enough to get a locker for his billfold. According to a 1974 list compiled by the National League of POW/MIA Families, Elzinga, at least, survived the loss of the O1 plane.
Elzinga and Allen are among nearly 600 Americans lost in Laos.
The disappearance was a mystery.
Marcus Woodrow Allen (1913 - 1988)
Mary Dane Jolly Allen (1925 - 1993)
Bayboro Baptist Church Cemetery
South Carolina, USA
Plot: Headstone for parents and Memorial listing for himself. GPS is for Hawaii Memorial
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Nov 02, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61024372