CW2 Donald "Pappy" E Hampton was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 05/18/1972 at the age of 30.0 from A/C accident
Des Moines, IA
Flight Classes 68-507 and 68-7
Date of Birth 06/03/1942
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with A/158 AVN 101 ABN
This information was provided by 9th, 7th & 8th Reunion

More detail on this person: Training accident in 1970 as a civilian flight instructor while still on active duty. Donald E. Hampton Clues Sought to Air Crash Des Moines (AP) - Investigators continued to search for clues Thursday night into the crash of a light plane in which a flying instructor and a student pilot were killed. Killed were Donald Hampton, 29, of Des Moines, an instructor for Iowa Aviation, and Paul Appleget, 34, of Norwalk, who was taking flying lessons when the plane crashed. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) dispatched inspectors to the scene Thursday, but announced no immediate reason for the crash. R.H. Baker, general maintenance inspector for the FAA here, said the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington was sending an inspector to Des Moines Thursday. The Cessna 150 with Hampton and Appleget aboard left Municipal Airport here at 6:30 a.m. The plane crashed at 8:10 a.m. about 12 miles northwest of the airport in a farm field owned by Dan Smith, 40, of rural Grimes. The wreckage was spotted by a neighbor, John McIntyre, 39, who was plowing in a nearby field and notified Smith.

Burial information: Haines Cemetery, Rathbun, IA

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