Viet Nam: A Hero Lost

Along with his aggressiveness, U.S. Air Force Major James Kasler has always been admired for fierce loyalty to his buddies in time of trouble. "I know if I get in a jam," said a fellow pilot recently, "I'm going to get help. I can depend on Kasler." Last week loyalty brought disaster to Jim Kasler, the "one-man Air Force" who was fast becoming the most famous pilot over-North Viet Nam (TIME, Aug. 12).

Leading his flight of four F-105s on a mission 55 miles northwest of Hanoi one afternoon, the 40-year-old Kasler had completed his primary assignment of bombing a...

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