John Franklin StuartLieutenant Colonel
348TH BOMB SQD, TDY TO 307TH STRAT WING, SAC
United States Air Force
26 July 1933 - 08 August 1978
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The database page for John Franklin Stuart
A memorial from
LTC John F. Stuart's B-52 (tail number 56-0622) first received minor damage from a MiG fighter and then was hit by at least one surface-to-air (SAM) missile northeast of Hanoi. Two of the six men aboard the aircraft were able to bail out, were captured, and later released (Captain T. J. Klomann and 1Lt P. L. Grainger); the other four died in the crash (LTC Stuart, Major R. A. Perry, Captain I. S. Lerner, and MSgt A. V. McLaughlin).
Two of the six B-52s were able to make it to Laos or Thailand before the crews had to abandon their aircraft; the other four B-52s and the A-6A went down in North Vietnam. At dawn on 21 December, eleven B-52 crewmen had been picked up but there were 26 B-52 and two A-6A aircrew missing in action.
Even when the POWs were released in February and March 1973, the situation wasn't fully clarified. Eleven live POWs were released (9 B-52, 2 A-6A) and the remains of LTC Keith R. Heggen, who died after capture, were repatriated. The North Vietnamese denied knowledge of the remaining 16 men, who were continued in MIA status.
The seven aircraft and the ultimate disposition of their aircrews by tail number were
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He is sadly missed and always in our thoughts - a terrific and gallant pilot.
He always insisted on every mission -
God Bless him, always. Regards to his family.
26 Jul 2004
Larry R. DeLong
307th Strategic Wing Staff
U-Tapao RTNAB, Thailand 1971-72
E-mail address is not available.
With the deepest respect for John's family and his closest friends, with the highest honor for John, Paul L. Granger, Thomas J. Klomann and those crewmen who are still missing with him, I must tell the following event as I believe that John gave it to me to do so.
I "saw" John for the first time on October 26, 2002. I awoke early that morning after experiencing the most vivid dream in my life.
I awoke that morning around 6:00 A.M. from a vivid dream about an American POW in Viet Nam, in a camp situation. I have never had a dream about POW's before and was very taken by the clarity of the scene. I was looking down into the camp where there were a number of men and guards; one of the men looked directly at me and let me know his name was John Stuart. I also saw a building with a very tall smoke stack surrounded by jungle. The rank of LT and the year 1968 were also etched in my mind. The picture of a factory in the jungle seemed so strange as my picture of Viet Nam was quite different. I got up immediately and started looking at POW sites on the web. As I know now, LTC John F. Stuart was on a bombing mission between Hanoi and Haiphong as part of Operation Linebacker II when his plane was shot down.
I found John's bio and other memorials to him from Robin Lawson and Larry DeLong on The Virtual Wall site. Larry's remembrance of John's comment before every mission - "Remember, I can't leave until all of you guys leave." - is now a part of my daily thoughts of this great man who I never knew but who is now a part of my life forever.
Paul L. Granger's and Thomas J. Klomann's vivid accounts of their mission on 20 December 1972 remind us all of the sacrifices all of these men have made for our freedom.
I put up the POW/MIA flag for John F. Stuart today and for his crew members who are still missing:
Robert F. Blahnik
From a son who will never forget his father's love. His family misses him dearly, he was taken from us too soon. The wound has never healed. Our lives have been lost, since he has been gone. I have always had the most respect for him and others who have fallen.
Please: If there is someone that knew him, or was a crew member, I would like to correspond.
With love and respect for my father,
A Note from The Virtual WallB-52D tail number 56-0622 carried six men. Their status as of 24 Dec 2004 follows:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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