Press Release | Sept. 25, 2020

Airman Accounted For From Vietnam War (Avolese, P.)

WASHINGTON  –   The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Air Force Maj. Paul A. Avolese, 35, killed during the Vietnam War, was accounted for Sept. 21, 2020.

On July 7, 1967, Avolese was a radar navigator assigned to the 4133rd Bombardment Wing. That day, he was part of the crew of a B-52D Stratofortress bomber conducting a bombing mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to a target in Vietnam. During a maneuver over the South China Sea, Avolese’s bomber collided with another B-52, causing both aircraft to fall into the sea. Four of the crew members from his aircraft were rescued, but Avolese was never recovered. He was declared dead on July 24.

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Avolese’s personnel profile can be viewed at