Air Force Capt. Daniel K. Raichlen, 33, who was an area native and a 1967 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, died Nov. 8 in a plane crash near Spangdahlem Air Force Base in West Germany.
An Air Force spokesman said Capt. Raichlen, an air systems officer with the 81st tactical fighter squadron, died in a crash during a routine training flight in his Phantom F4. The spokesman said that the plane's pilot, Lt. Col. Gerald R. Linn of Oregon, also was killed, and that the crash is under investigation.
Capt. Raichlen was born at Fort Belvoir. He was a 1971 graduate of the University of Georgia and received his commission later that year. He served at bases in this country and Spain before being assigned to Spangdahlem in January 1981.
His decorations included the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Small Arms Expert Marksman ribbon.
Survivors include his wife, Glenda, an Air Force second lieutenant, and two daughters, Janya and Adriann, all of Spangdahlem; his parents, retired Army Col. Richard A. and Kathryn Raichlen, both of Springfield; a sister, Victoria Beth Billard of Heidelberg, West Germany, and a grandmother, Clara Gallagher of Indianapolis.