John C. G. Kerr
Name: John Creighton Gille Kerr
Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force
Unit: (unknown, per USAF)
Date of Birth: 16 March 1932
Home City of Record: Miami FL
Date of Loss: 22 August 1967
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 193830N 1033345E (UG490720)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Marital Status: Married
Other Personnel in Incident: Burke H. Morgan (missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 September 1990 from one
or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources,
correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated
by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1998.
SYNOPSIS: The Douglas A26 was a twin-engine attack bomber with World War II
service. In Vietnam, it served the French in the 1950's and also the U.S. in the early
years of American involvement in Southeast Asia. In 1966, eight A-26's were deployed
to Nakhon Phanom to perform hunter-killer missions against truck convoys in southern Laos.
Maj. John C.G. Kerr was the pilot and Capt. Burke H. Morgan the navigator of an A26A
aircraft assigned a mission over the Plain of Jars region of Laos on August 22, 1967. The
Plain of Jars had long been controlled by the communist Pathet Lao and a continual effort
had been made by the secret CIA-directed force of some 30,000 indigenous tribesmen
to strengthen anti-communist strongholds there. The U.S. committed millions of
dollars to the secret war in Laos. Details of this secret operation were not released
until August 1971.
During the mission radar and radio contact was lost with Kerr and Morgan,
and they were declared missing at the time of estimated fuel exhaustion.
About four years later, unspecified evidence was received by the Department
of the Air Force that both men died at the time of the incident. They were
at that time declared Killed in Action.
Burke H. Morgan was promoted to the rank of Major during the period he was maintained missing.